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Utah football gets commitment from Syracuse tight end transfer Landon Morris

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Utah Utes players gather on the field.

Utah Utes players gather on the field before the game between the Utah Utes and the USC Trojans at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020.

Spenser Heaps, Deseret News

In the span of two days, Utah football has added two transfer tight ends to its 2022 recruiting class.

After landing 6-foot-3, 273-pound tight end Logan Kendall from Idaho on Sunday, the Utes added a commitment from 6-foot-6, 230-pound Syracuse transfer Landon Morris on Monday.

Morris, a freshman this season, was a 3-star high school recruit out of Indiana and chose Syracuse over offers from Michigan, UCF, Boston College and Iowa State.

In August, he told 247Sports that his “experience on campus didn’t align with the role that SU’s coaching staff outlined to him during his recruitment” — as a pass-first tight end.

“I don’t feel like I was being utilized the way I was being recruited,” Morris said. “I was told I was going to be used as a stretch tight end/receiver, but it just didn’t play out that way. The coaches had nothing but good intentions on their part, however it didn’t work out. I know the strong parts of my skill set and I know I can be a valuable piece to the right puzzle.”

Morris will likely find more of that role in Utah’s offense.

Tight end Brant Kuithe leads the Utes in receiving yards this season with 534, and tight end Dalton Kincaid has 465, good for third on the team.

Morris is the 13th player to commit to Utah as part of its 2022 recruiting class.