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Utah » Whittingham touts athleticism of recruits, but U. doesn’t land some top targets.

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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.

At a glance

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

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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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