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College football: Two Utah preps commit to Utes
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Utah's push to get instate football players continues to pay off with the Utes getting an oral commitment from Cottonwood's 6-foot-4, 294-pound offensive lineman Percy Taumoelau on Thursday. In addition, Kyle Whittingham's nephew, Jason Whittingham, a 6-2, 220-pound linebacker from Timpview, orally committed. Taumoelau said he chose the Utes over Arkansas because of coach Kyle Whittingham as well as the proximity of Utah to his home.

"Plus all my uncles played there and they can watch me play," said Taumoelau, who is related to former Ute Jason Kaufusi, who is now on Cottonwood's staff.

He joins Jordan's Vyncent Jones (6-3, 270-pound lineman), Northridge's Chris Washington (6-2, 195-pound safety) and Highland's Latu Heimuli (6-2, 296-pound defensive tackle) as other players from Utah who have orally committed to the Utes.

Lya Wodraska

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