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The latest on the Utah State Aggies’ 2023 recruiting class

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Utah State head coach Blake Anderson speaks to an official during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Washington State, Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021, in Pullman, Wash.

Young Kwak, AP

Whether it be the middle of the college football season, the dog days of summer or the outset of spring or fall camp, recruiting is an ever present part of college football.

There is really no such thing as an offseason anymore, and for head coach Blake Anderson and company, finding the next batch of Aggies is always a priority.

Here is a look at Utah State’s 2023 recruiting class, with prospects listed alphabetically according to reporting by 247 SportsRivals and the Deseret News.


Jaydon Bailey

RB — Steele High School (Cibolo, Texas)

5-foot-10, 185 pounds

★★★ — 247 Sports

★★★ — Rivals 

  • Third offensive player to commit to Aggies in 2023, the first running back.
  • Multi-sport athlete who also competes track and field, running the 200-meter dash.
  • Chose Utah State over offers from Arizona State, Texas State, UTSA and Houston Baptist.
  • Carried the ball 182 times for 1,000 yards and nine touchdowns as a junior, rushing for 100-plus yards in five of 11 games.


McCae Hillstead

Skyridge’s McCae Hillstead, wearing a white jersey, runs past American Fork’s Hunter Clegg

Skyridge’s McCae Hillstead runs past American Fork’s Hunter Clegg and scores a touchdown during a varsity football game at American Fork High School in American Fork on Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021.

Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

QB — Skyridge High School (Lehi)

5-foot-11, 175 pounds

★★★ — 247 Sports

★★★ — Rivals

McCae is a guy who believes in his teammates, and trusts the process and is just an awesome kid. So no matter what happens on the field, he’s going to continue to trust his guys and believe in them and he knows his guys will go make plays. — Skyridge coach Jon Lehman

  • Ranked the 10th-best prospect in the state of the Utah in 2023, and the 51st-best quarterback prospect in the country.
  • Completed 195 of 353 pass attempts in 2021 — a completion percentage of 55.24% — for 2493 yards, 24 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Also carried the ball 122 times, rushing for 819 yards — 6.71 yards per carry — and 13 touchdowns.
  • Threw for the fourth-most touchdowns and fourth-most passing yards of any quarterback in Utah last fall.
  • Holds scholarship offers from Utah State, Florida International (FIU) and Washington State.


Jackson Olsen

Sky View’s Kimball Jackson (8) tackles Ridgeline QB Jackson Olsen in the 4A football state semifinal game in Smithfield on Friday, Nov. 13, 2020.

Sky View’s Kimball Jackson (8) tackles Ridgeline QB Jackson Olsen in the 4A football state semifinal game in Smithfield on Friday, Nov. 13, 2020.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

WR — Ridgeline High School (Millville)

6-foot-3, 175 pounds

★★★ — 247 Sports

★★ — Rivals 

  • Holds scholarship offers from Utah State and Idaho.
  • Led Ridgeline in receiving yards in 2021 with 1,125 and tied for a team-best 17 touchdowns.
  • Averaged 18.14 yards per reception and scored at least a touchdown in every game as junior, the lone exception coming in the RiverHawks season opener against Bonneville.