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University of Utah

Every football coach will tell you they don’t care about recruiting services’ ratings, they care about filling their needs. This class for the Utes should show us just how good Utah’s coaches are at meeting their needs.

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Utah had some glaring deficits on both the offensive and defensive lines and had some big holes to fill in the secondary and at running back. The Utes loaded up in those areas. While many of the recruits lacked so-called "star power," Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said last week he felt many of the players were under-rated. Given Utah’s immediate need for linemen and DBs, we’re going to see just how many of these guys are good enough to make an immediate difference.

Look for safety Tevin Carter, defensive tackle Sese Ianu and receiver Andre Lewis to be among those who are asked to contribute right away.

By far the most intriguing signee is Micah Thomas, a quarterback out of Houston, Texas. He was recruited by Utah as an athlete, but could earn a chance to show what he can do as a quarterback as well.

Utah State University

Several Utah State fans were disappointed by Damion Hobbs’ late pledge switch to Oregon, but the only quarterback the Aggies are expected to sign today is happy and ready to come up to Logan.

And he’s no slouch either.

Darell Garretson, a 6-foot QB out of Chandler High in Arizona, threw for 3,065 yards and 27 touchdowns last year. The Utah State staff considers him a dual threat guy, and he could someday be the passer who takes over Chuckie Keeton’s spot.

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Garretson spent his Signing Day at a National Football Foundation event, signing at a podium. He said it was the culmination of a long-time dream, but he’s more antsy for the next chapter.

"Now I can finally get up there at Utah State, and start getting ready to go," he said. "I know a bunch of the guys in the class, and it seems like we’re bringing in a great group of guys. I’m excited for the future."

Garretson’s grandfather and uncles were NBA referees, so sports runs in the family. He said his family is just as excited as he is for him to take the next step to Division I college ball.

University of Utah

The Utes are down to just a few players remaining to sign, with X’avier Shepherd, a receiver out of Lakewood, Calif., being the most notable.

Also, not showing up on the boards yet but enrolled is Brandon Cox, the quarterback out of Pasadena, Calif.

One commit, Leroy Sitake Tanoai, isn’t expected to sign with this class since plans are he’ll attend a mission before enrolling.

Utah State University

There are some high schools where these’s just something in the water. Consider Logan High one of those football programs that’s reaped the benefits.

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