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Utah State football gets commitments from 4 under-the-radar prospects on busy day

Utah State Aggies players step on the field.
Utah State Aggies players step on the field during an NCAA football game against the New Mexico Lobos at Maverik Stadium in Logan on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020.
Yukai Peng, Deseret News

It was an incredibly fruitful day Friday for the Utah State Aggies on the recruiting trail, as they landed commitments from four prospects for their 2022 class.

The first two, athlete Robert Briggs and quarterback Bishop Davenport, both hail from Texas, while the third and fourth, linebacker Ryker Lotulelei and safety Mapa Vaenuku, are from Utah. All four are under-the-radar prospects who don’t have any other Division I offers beside from the Aggies

The first to announce his commitment on Twitter was Briggs, just after noon Mountain Time. Less than 40 minutes later, Davenport announced his pledge. Lotulelei did so Friday evening, and Vaenuku followed about 45 minutes later.

As far as Briggs and Davenport go, Friday marks the second and third times this month that Utah State has received commitment from an under the radar prospect in Texas, as linebacker Joshua Williams pledged on June 9.

Listed at 5 foot 7 and 170 pounds, Briggs has played a number of positions for Bellville High School, and he has also run track for the school. Bellville is about 65 miles away from Houston, where Aggie legend and now running backs coach Chuckie Keeton is from.

Briggs wrote when he received his scholarship offer that it had been extended by Keeton.

As for Davenport (Spring High School), he is listed at 6-foot-1 and 187 pounds. According to 247 Sports, the only other scholarship offer he holds is from Houston Baptist. Both offers have come in the past few weeks, according to his Twitter account, with the one from Utah State coming on June 21.

Lotulelei played last season at Highland High but indicated in his announcement Friday that he has transferred to West High. As a junior for Highland in 2020, he led the team in tackles with 50, according to the Deseret News statistical database.

Vaenuku hails from East High. As a junior last season, he tallied 29 tackles, according to the Deseret News statistical database.

Briggs, Davenport, Lotulelei and Vaenuku become the ninth, 10th, 11th and 12th players to commit to the Aggies as part of their 2022 recruiting class.