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Kearns running back commits to Utes

Utah football added another member to its 2014 recruiting class on Monday when it received a commitment from Kearns' Amone Finau.

The Utes recruited Finau as a running back, but also plays slot receiver, defensive back and safety for the Cougars, coach Bill Cosper said.

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"He won't come off the field very much at all," he said of the 6-foot-1, 190-pounder.

A rising junior, Finau played limitedly for Kearns last year, but Cosper said he caught Utah coaches' eyes at the Ute Shoot and also was impressive at the All-Poly camp in June.

Cosper said the Utes may have gotten a head start on Finau thanks to first-year assistant coach Ilaisa Tuiaki, who previously spent two years as an assistant at Kearns.

It was a quick commitment for Finau, who has not yet played a full varsity season.

"I think he wants to be close to home," Cosper said. "I don't know for sure if that's where he's always wanted to play, but I would think with all his family here he would probably want to stay close to home. I think he was excited by it."

— Bill Oram

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