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Utah football receives two commitments during official visits

Ben Moos
Ben Moos

It's not all that often that college prospects commit to a school while on a recruiting visit to that institution, but the University of Utah football program struck gold twice in that regard this weekend.

A source confirmed to the Deseret News that the Utes received a pledge from offensive lineman Orlando Umana of Sacramento, California, while tight end Ben Moos of Pullman, Washington, announced his commitment via Twitter.

Both were on official visits in Salt Lake City over the weekend and both will be part of the Class of 2017.

Standing 6-foot-5 and weighing 315 pounds, Umana attends Grant Union High School, the same place where former Utah star running back Devontae Booker and current freshman offensive lineman Darrin Paulo prepped.

The Utes beat out Washington, UCLA and Arizona, among others, for Umana's services.

"He's gonna be a good player," said his high school coach Mike Alberghini when reached by phone. "He's big, fast, very intelligent. He's definitely a real deal guy, plus he comes from a great family and he has tremendous character. He's the full package."

As for the 6-foot-3, 240-pound Moos, Utah is getting a player who is the son of Washington State University athletic director Bill Moos. In addition to the Cougars, Moos held major interest from Arizona State, Syracuse and Louisville, according to reached by phone Sunday night, Moos said he was leaning toward committing before arriving in Salt Lake City, and his visit sealed the deal.

"Once I had the opportunity to be around the guys and get their ideas on the program and what they thought from an inside perspective, they were just preaching the brotherhood aspect," he said.

Moos said his dad was supportive of the decision even though he committed to a Pac-12 foe.

"He's throughout the entire process just been very much playing the dad role rather than the athletic director role, so that's been awesome. He's been very supportive in terms of helping me find the place that's best for me. We got together and decided that was Utah."

With the two commitments, the Utes now have nine players pledged as part of the 2017 class.

Ryan McDonald is a sports reporter at Follow him on Twitter @ryanwmcdonald.