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Utes likely set at quarterback for 2014 class

Published July 23, 2013 11:53 am

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2013, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

With Louisiana quarterback Donovan Isom on board for the 2014 recruiting class, it's unlikely the Utes will take another quarterback, unless a big time player falls into their laps. The Utes were also recruiting Brandon Dawkins, a 6-foot-3, 200-pound quarterback out of Westlake Village, Calif., who has offers from Arizona and Notre Dame and Jarrett Hildreth, a quarterback out of League City, Texas. The 6-foot-5 Isom sounds like the kind of guy they want though since he is a dual-threat quarterback who can also play defense. The Utes went after Isom hard when Aaron Sharp switched his commitment from Utah to Kansas State, but it doesn't sound like Isom is more solid in his decision than Sharp. Isom said he is "100 percent," a Ute and he is finished with the recruiting process. Isom knows Utah might be tempted to play him elsewhere, but he said he is determined to show he is a quarterback. "Some people see me at a different position other than QB because of my size," he said. "Until they see me throw the football and they see how I make smart decisions, then their exact thoughts and words are "He's a quarterback, not a defensive end, not a linebacker, not a tight end - a pure passing, mobile QB." So with 2014 possibly locked up with Isom, what about the future? Keep an eye on Sam Darnold, a pro-style quarterback out of San Clemente, the same California school that produced Travis Wilson. Darnold is a 6-foot-4, 190-pound pro-style quarterback who has an offer from the Utes. He did very well in summer camps and is an overall solid athlete who could play other positions. Watch for other Pac-12 schools to offer him if he follows his summer effort with a strong season. - Lya Wodraska