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Texas DB commits to Utes

Monday might have been a holiday for some, but not for Utah coach Kyle Whittingham, who was in Texas closing the deal with a recruit.

Whittingham and safeties coach Morgan Scalley paid a visit to corner Greg Allen, a 6-foot, 200-pound corner out of Alief Taylor H.S., in Houston, Texas and left with a commitment from Allen on Monday.

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Allen was planning to visit Kansas but cancelled the trip and said his commitment to the Utes was solid.

"They've been checking on me ever since my sophomore year," Allen said. "My gut says, 'yes' to Utah. I loved my visit and everything felt right."

Allen, who visited Utah over the weekend, fills one of the Utes' biggest voids as Utah has put a priority on recruiting defensive backs this year. He plans to join the Utes for summer workouts and said he can't wait to get on the field.

"If wide receivers come at me, they'll see I came to play," he said.

2012 Recruiting Commitments

J.J. Dielman*OL*Desert Vista H.S.*Phoenix, Ariz.*6-4*240*Solid commit, Utes envision using him at center

Hunter Dimick*DL*Syracuse, Utah*Syracuse H.S.*6-4*250*Local player says he is solid on commitment to Utes

Moses Folauhola*DL/LB*Hunter H.S.*West Valley City, Utah*6-0*240*Could play on the line or at linebacker

Chase Hansen*QB*Lone Peak H.S.*Highland, Utah*6-3*197*Expected to go on a mission before enrolling

Jake Jackson*LB*La Costa Canyon H.S.*Encinitas, Calif.*6-3*205*Chose the Utes over BYU

Lio Lafaele*OL*Centennial H.S.*Corona, Calif.*6-4*315*One of several linemen from California committed to Utes

Austin Lee*S*Alta H.S.*Sandy, Utah*6-0*185*Played corner for two years before switching to safety

Koliniasi Leota*DE*Mt. San Antonio*Walnut, Calif.*6-5*275*Already signed, Granger H.S. grad headed home to play for Utes

Zach Lindsay*OL*Davis H.S.*Kaysville, Utah*6-7*250*Switched commitment from BYU to Utah

Delshawn McClellon*WR*Gahr H.S.*5-9*165*Cerritos, Calif*Has committed to Utes but keeping his options open

Nua Poteki*OL*Brighton H.S.*Salt Lake City*6-5*310*Had a good showing at the All Poly Camp

Cedrick Poutasi*OL*Desert Pines H.S.*Las Vegas, Nev.*6-5*325*Also visited Arizona State

Marc Pouvave*OL*Southwestern C.C.*Chula Vista, Calif.*6-5*340*Also had an offer from San Diego State

Visesio Salt*DL*Mt. San Antonio*Walnut, Calif.*6-3*340*Decided playing in front of family better than playing for Florida

Justin Thomas*CB*West Orange-Stark H.S.*Orange, Texas*5-9*170*Had offers from Texas Tech, Baylor, Oklahoma St.

Sione Tupouata*DL*Snow College*Oakland, Calif.*6-4*255*Originally signed with Utes out of H.S. before going JC route

Vaha Vainuku*DL*East H.S.*Salt Lake City*6-3*295*Plans to go on mission before playing for Utes

Travis Wilson*QB*San Clemente H.S.*San Clemente, Calif.*6-6*205*Picked the Utes over Washington

Kelvin York*RB*Fullerton College*Fullerton, Calif.*6-0*220*Signed, Originally committed to USC, rushed for 1,435 yds. and 17 TDs in 2011



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