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Utah State’s early signing day class gives Aggies ‘a great foundation’

After hitting the recruiting trail hard last week, head coach Blake Anderson and his staff welcomed a portion of their 2022 signing class on the first day of the NCAA early signing period.

Utah State Aggies head coach Blake Anderson talks with Aggies quarterback Logan Bonner.
Utah State Aggies head coach Blake Anderson talks with Utah State Aggies quarterback Logan Bonner (1) in Logan on Friday, Oct. 1, 2021.
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

The past couple weeks have been busy ones for the Utah State football program.

After hitting the recruiting trail hard last week, head coach Blake Anderson and his staff welcomed a portion of their 2022 signing class on the first day of the NCAA early signing period.

The class, which will be the second signing class in Anderson’s tenure at the program, features 11 high school recruits and three graduate transfers.

“It’s a great foundation for what we’re wanting to do with key positions on the offensive and defensive line and skill positions such as a quarterback and running back,” Anderson said of the group. “We’ll just continue to build around that. It’s a great start.”

Though most of the newcomers are from in-state (six), the class also includes players from Texas, California, Florida, Hawaii, Arkansas and Idaho.

Eight members of the class play on the defensive side of the ball, including five linebackers — an emphasis for Anderson who said he and his staff were aiming to “(build) the fronts.”

One of the three graduate transfers is linebacker Anthony Switzer, who comes over after three years at Arkansas State to reunite with Anderson, his former coach.

Of the six offensive players that signed, two of which were quarterbacks, including Orem High standout Chase Tuatagaloa. Three of the six were offensive lineman, yet another indication of Anderson’s goal to strengthen his team in the trenches with this class.

Seven of the group of 14 players plan on enrolling in the program early for the 2022 spring semester, something that Anderson was excited about.

“To have that many guys coming in January already out of this class, especially getting out of high school early, they don’t go into fall camp like a freshman,” Anderson said. “They have a chance to really go into it like a veteran and be part of the two-deep.”

Anderson said that getting the program back on the winning track and claiming a Mountain West Conference title were huge positives in swinging certain recruits to the Aggies side of the fence.

“Winning helps everybody and winning a championship takes that to another level,” Anderson said. “It doesn’t make the final decision, but it definitely moves people in a positive direction and it shows people that we can be competitive and are going to be competitive every year. You can win championships here, you don’t have to go somewhere (else) to get that done.”

With 14 already putting pen to paper, Utah State will announce its complete 2022 signing class on Wednesday, Feb. 2.

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