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Utes expected to enhance a 'great start' to recruiting class

Utah Utes head coach Kyle Whittingham watches  pre game warm ups in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017.
Utah Utes head coach Kyle Whittingham watches pre game warm ups in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017.
Jeffrey D. Allred,

SALT LAKE CITY — When the Utah Utes secured the signatures of highly-touted quarterback Jack Tuttle and six other players of note during the early signing period, head coach Kyle Whittingham said it was “a great start” to the 2018 recruiting class.

On Wednesday, the Utes will add the finishing touches.

"From where it stands right now, it’s a very solid class,” said Utah recruiting expert Dan Sorensen, publisher of “If they land a couple of the guys that have not announced yet it could be a really strong class. But, at the end of the day, the Jack Tuttle class is probably the dominant narrative.”

Sorensen added that the Utes did a particularly good job filling holes that needed to be filled. Besides signing the highest-rated quarterback in program history, they’re adding defensive linemen (especially edge rushers) and some receiving help.

“Overall this is a good, solid class. From top to bottom, they’ve got some good talent,” Sorensen said. “There’s not a guy in this class that didn’t have offers from other major programs.”

As of Monday morning, Utah has eight commitments to join early signees Tuttle (6-3, 200, Mission Hills HS, Calif.); offensive lineman Braeden Daniels (6-4, 284, Hebron HS, Texas); linebacker Bryant Pirtle (6-2, 227, Pima CC, Ariz.); defensive lineman Jeremiah Jordan (6-4, 233, Mt. San Jacinto Collge, Calif.); wide receiver Terrell Perriman (5-11, 182, Miami Central HS, Fla.); defensive back Malone Mataele (5-10, 177; Santa Margarita Catholic HS, Calif.); and defensive back Vonte Davis (6-1, 168, Blinn College, Texas).

The projected additions include defensive lineman Jackson Cravens (6-3, 235, Timpview HS); tight end Tevita Fotu (6-4, 250, Herriman HS); defensive end Blake Kuithe (6-2, 230, Cinco Ranch HS, Texas); athlete Brant Kuithe (6-3, 212 Cinco Ranch HS, Texas); offensive tackle Jaren Kump (6-6, 261, Herriman HS); offensive guard Hunter Lotulelei (6-2, 313, Highland HS); defensive tackle Paul Maile (6-3, 250, East HS); and linebacker Andrew Mataafa (6-4, 205, Mt. Carmel HS, Calif.).

Sorensen expects the Utes to also get a handful of guys that have yet to publicly announce their intentions.

Among those who could end up signing with Utah include running back Devin Brumfield (5-10, 219, Covington HS, La.,); wide receiver Solomon Enis (6-4, 190, North Canyon HS, Ariz.); defensive end Johnny Fanaika (6-3, 185, Pleasant Grove HS); linebacker Tennessee Pututau (6-1, 20, East HS); offensive guard Penei Sewell (6-5, 349, Desert Hills HS).

Sorensen said this may be a smaller class overall, at least in terms of NLIs that are brought in. That’s because the Utes have a lot of guys coming in that are not necessarily traditional-type recruits, such as gray shirts, returned LDS missionaries and walk-ons that have been awarded scholarships.


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