After receiving all five letters of intent for his 2009-10 recruiting class, Utah coach Jim Boylen was able to comment on his new players for the first time Thursday.

Boylen praised the group, saying, "For the second year in a row we have recruited depth at every position. We continued our philosophy of recruiting defense, length and shooting ability."

While Boylen was thrilled with each of the signees, he seemed especially happy about signing Shawn Glover, a 6-foot-7 wing player from Cedar Hill, Texas.

"He is what I hope we are in a couple of years," he said. "He has length, athleticism, ball-handling, defensive and offensive versatility. He's maybe one of the better players this program has recruited in the past 10 years."

Other players signed by the Utes include Marshall Henderson, a 6-2 combo guard from Hurst, Texas, Jeremy Olsen, a 6-11 forward from Lawrenceville, Ga., Matt Read, a 6-9 forward from Collin County Community College (Texas) and Jay Watkins, a 6-6 wing player from Memphis, who plays at College of Southern Idaho.

Boylen said the Utes beat out several other major programs for their recruits and added, "We're not settling for guys we know we can get. We took a swing at high major guys and got them."

Besides, the five players signed this week, the Utes will also get 7-foot-2 center David Foster back from his LDS mission for next season.

"Recruiting is not a science," Boylen said. "It's how guys improve and develop. I'm confident that we can develop this class, along with the class from last year into a strong team."


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