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20 years ago: Dolce signs with Utes; Mitchell will go pro

Frank Dolce, a first-team junior college All-America quarterback, signed a National Letter of Intent to play football for the University of Utah, the Deseret News has learned.

The news came less than 24 hours after the official announcement that Scott Mitchell, the Utes' record-setting junior quarterback, would skip his senior season to become eligible for the professional football draft.

During the 1989 season, Dolce, 6-foot-1 and 200 pounds, completed 60.1 percent of his passes (186-of-309) for 2,494 yards, 23 touchdowns and just five interceptions at El Camino College in Torrance, Calif. He led the Warriors to records of 9-1-1 as a freshman and 10-1 last season as a sophomore. They won two Mission Conference championships.

"I can't wait," said Dolce. "I'll be up there (in Salt Lake City) in March. I like the coaching staff. I was impressed with the facilities. And one of the main reasons I'm coming there is because they have a good pre-med program."

Dolce, who said he signed a letter-of-intent with Utah earlier this month, before Mitchell's plans were known, learned of Mitchell's decision to turn pro on Tuesday.

"I had been hoping he would," said Dolce. "Hopefully, now I can get some playing time."