University of Utah didn't have to look far for Andy Phillips' potential replacement.
Local Chayden Johnston, rated by a prestigious kicking camp as one of the nation's best, committed to the Utes on Tuesday.
The Bingham High standout grew up playing soccer, practicing for hours on end in his backyard since the age of 3. It wasn't until he watched Bingham play Herriman in 2010 that he realized, "Hey, I bet I could probably kick a ball that far."
He was correct. As a sophomore he was ranked fourth in the nation at the Kohl's Kicking Camp Western Showcase, and he began to receive interest from schools like Duke, Boise State and Colorado. But former Utah special teams coach Jay Hill and he built a strong relationship, and when the Utes offered him a couple weeks back, it felt right.