The Utah State football team got commitments from seven new recruits Wednesday as part of college football’s Early Signing Period. And many of them do their work on one side of the field.

Five of the seven players that signed with the Aggies early Wednesday are defensive players. Save for running back Elelyon Noa and punter Stephen Kotsanlee, the Aggies picked up two defensive tackles, a defensive end, a cornerback and a safety.

“It was a good day,” Andersen said in a statement. “Everybody that we expected to sign signed. We are excited about everyone that’s going to be joining our program whether it be in January or next fall. This class has always been about quality not quantity, and we will continue to work to finish this class through the February signing day.”

Andersen said last week that recruiting for the 2020 season was going well and that for the upcoming year, he and the rest of the coaching staff went looking for players that can help them win games.

“You need certain kids to be able to help us get in a position to be able to compete at a high level,” Andersen said. “Many of these kids that we’re recruiting this year are needs.”

All seven players are from outside Utah, and two of them are transfers from community college in cornerback Xavion Steele and defensive tackle James Hansen.

One of the recruits will serve a two-year church mission before beginning his college football career, while the other five recruits will be freshman at Utah State next year.

USU will announce its complete 2020 signing class on Wednesday, Feb. 5.


• Stephen Kotsanlee, 6-2, 205; P from Melbourne, Australia (Box Hills High School).
• Xavion Steele, 5-10, 185; CB from Hemet, Calif. (Fullerton Community College).
• Luke Marion, 6-0, 185; S from Tualatin, Ore. (Tualatin High School).
• Darlin Mesake, 6-3, 230; DE from Las Vegas, Nev. (Bishop Gorman High School).
• James Hansen, 6-4, 275; DT from Fontana, Calif. (Riverside Community College).
• Poukesi Vakauta, 6-0, 275; DT from Euless, Tex. (Trinity High School).
• Elelyon Noa, 5-9, 200; RB from La Mesa, Calif. (Helix High School).