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Whittingham acknowledged the Utes were thin at the line positions, but said it was more critical to load up on the skill positions.
"We needed safeties and corners, and we think we filled those needs," he said.
Utah signing class
Player Hometown School Pos Ht Wt
Jackson Barton Salt Lake City Brighton OL 6-6 275
Already impressing coaches with work ethic
Allan Havili-Katoa Stansbury Park Stansbury H.S. DT 6-3 295
Big get for Utes will be a player to watch in spring
Kaelin Clay Long Beach, Calif. Mt. San Antonio C.C. WR 5-10 188
Speedy player has one year to play but should make big impact
Tevin Carter Los Angeles, Calif. LA Southwest College S 6-1 213
Will miss spring ball due to ankle surgery
Andre Godfrey Miramar, Fla. Miramar H.S. S 5-10 186
Erickson’s connections in Florida help nab speedy player who also excelled in track
Travonne Hobbs New Orleans, La. Landry-Walker H.S. DB 5-9 175
Had nine INTs his senior year, named top defender at National Select 7 on 7 Championship
Casey Hughes Las Vegas, Nev. Legacy H.S. DB 5-11 181
Played CB and RB in high school, speedster can return kicks, runs a 4.4 in the 40
Donovan Isom Destrehan, La. Destrehan H.S. QB 6-4 240
Dual-threat QB had offers from Tulane, Miami
Dacorius “DJ” Law Haines City, Fla. Haines City H.S. RB 5-10 182
Ran for 1,275 yards on 109 carries and 13 TDs as a senior
Lowell Lotulelei South Jordan, Utah Bingham H.S. DT 6-1 320 Committed to Utes in 2012, spent last year involved in church service
Monte Seabrook Newberry, Fla. Newberry H.S. DB 6-0 180
All-around talented athlete expected to play safety for Utes
Raelon Singleton Crosby, Texas Crosby H.S. WR 6-3 190
Had 33 catches for 773 yards and 16 TDs as a senior
Pasoni Tasini Ephraim, Utah Snow College DL 6-2 260
Has three years to play two, had 44 tackles last year
Marcus Williams Corona, Calif. Eleanor Roosevelt H.S. S 6-0 168
Also played WR in high school, had six INTs as a senior
Tavaris Williams Fort White, Fla. Fort White RB 5-11 185
Duke, Idaho and Florida International also offered the speedy player
Kenric Young Gainesville, Fla. Gainesville H.S. WR 6-2 180
Solid, speedy athlete can make immediate impact
The Utes can only announce players expected to participate in the upcoming season, so any players who plan to serve church missions before enrolling aren’t on Utah’s official list.
Kyle Christiansen, a defensive tackle out of Mountain Crest H.S., Amone Finau, a Kearns High product, linebacker Thor Katoa out of Pine View H.S., defensive tackle Pita Tonga out of Highland H.S. and Howard Pututau, a linebacker out of Cottonwood H.S., all plan to serve missions before enrolling at Utah.
Wednesday’s group combined with the players from a year ago who will receive scholarships brings Utah’s number to 24 players signed. Whittingham said he and his staff would discuss the best way to use the final scholarship they have available.
"Often times there are guys who slip through the cracks or don’t end up anywhere on signing day, so we’ll do our homework and see who is available," he said.
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