p class="TEXT_w_Indent"> Such low rankings has to be a little unsettling to Utah fans, particularly after coach Kyle Whittingham made it clear time and time again this year the Utes needed to improve through recruiting.
Is this the kind of class that will help the Utes get where they want to be after back-to-back 5-7 seasons?
Check back in two years to see.
Whittingham always says he never puts stock into ratings, pointing out Utah's long history of taking one and two-star players and turning them into all-conference or pro athletes.
Utah fans can only hope Utah can keep up that tradition.
The Utes did sign the quarterback they wanted in Donovan Isom and made some waves in Florida by signing safeties Andre Godfrey and Monte Seabrook, among others.
Out of the defensive signees, watch for defensive lineman Pasoni Tasini, Godfrey, Louisiana defensive back Travonne Hobbs and Las Vegas product Casey Hughes to compete for playing time.
Also don't forget about safety Tevin Carter, who already has enrolled. He'll miss spring ball due to ankle surgery, but should be able to participate in summer workouts, Whittingham said.
Overall I'd grade this class a C-. Kudos to the Utes for trying to compete with other Pac-12 schools for prime talent, but it's obvious from this class winning those battles won't be easy. As with everything it seems it is going to take the Utes a year or two to level the playing field.
The big question is if they'll be able to win on the playing field in the meantime.
Star of the Class
Jackson Barton - The offensive lineman already has enrolled and is impressing coaches in workouts. He could contend for playing time immediately.