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Utah football receives commitments from elite QB Nate Johnson, WR Zion Steptoe

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

The 2022 recruiting cycle for the Utah Utes football program had been off to a slow start until Friday, as the Utes had received just one commitment.

But in the span of a few hours Friday, that number suddenly grew to three, as Texas wide receiver Zion Steptoe announced his pledge to the program, followed by California quarterback Nate Johnson.

Listed by 247 Sports at 6 feet and 170 pounds, Steptoe is designated as a 3-star prospect by the site and holds scholarship offers from numerous Power Five programs.

While Steptoe was the first to commit Friday, Johnson is seen as the bigger get, as he was recently named one of just 20 quarterbacks nationwide to the Elite11 Finals, viewed as the top quarterback competition in the country (it will be held June 30-July 3 in Los Angeles).

Johnson is listed by 247 Sports at 6-foot-2 and 183 pounds, and holds scholarship offers from a bunch of Pac-12 programs as well as Michigan and TCU, according to the site.

Steptoe and Johnson join Weber High athlete Aisea Moa as players who have committed to Utah for 2022. Moa pledged in January.