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Utes head into big recruiting weekend

So now that Aaron Roderick is staying, perhaps things will settle down a bit for the Utes.

Roderick's decision to remain with the Utes certainly helps Utah's recruiting as it heads into a crucial weekend with more than 15 players planning to visit.

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Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said Thursday the Utes continue to recruit linemen as a priority, but are also looking at the best available athletes.

"Recruiting isn't an exact science and we're still going to take players at every position," he said.

Joe Kruger's decision to head to the NFL has prompted the Utes to take a good look at the defensive end position.

"He was a projected starter so that does play into the recruiting process," Whittingham said. "But it also creates an opportunity for someone to earn a starting job. That is the silver lining to it."

The Utes missed out on one candidate when Lyndon Tulimasealii, a defensive end from College of the Desert committed to Oregon State.

Defensive ends Myron Aiava, from Westminster, Calif., and Sam Tevi, from Euless, Texas, are among the players who have committed to Utah and will visit this weekend.

- Lya Wodraska

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