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Official visit to Utah a hit for 4-star Corner Canyon High defensive lineman Van Fillinger

Corner Canyon’s 91 Van Fillinger in the game against Lone Peak in the 6A football state semifinal game at Utah’s Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Friday, Nov. 15, 2019.
Corner Canyon’s Van Fillinger is pictured in the 6A football state semifinal game against Lone Peak at Utah’s Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Friday, Nov. 15, 2019.
Laura Seitz, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — When Corner Canyon four-star defensive end Van Fillinger decommitted from Texas following the firing of then-Longhorns defensive coordinator Todd Orlando on Dec. 1, Utah football fans experienced a renewed hope that Fillinger might end up a Ute.

That hope only grew over the weekend, as Fillinger took his official visit to Utah, just days ahead of the early signing period.

Afterward, he took to social media, and was only positive about his visit up on the hill.

In his career at Corner Canyon High, Fillinger tallied 180 tackles, 22.5 sacks and three interceptions. This past season alone, he recorded 87 tackles and 13.5 sacks for the 6A state champion Chargers.

According to the 247Sports Composite rankings, Fillinger is the No. 285 player nationally and the No. 13 ranked strong-side defensive end.

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And finally ...

ESPN released its annual ‘The best college football moments of the season,’ video and the 2019 edition included appearances by both the BYU Cougars and the Utah Utes.

The montage left out arguably the best moment of the year, though, featuring Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow.

If that tugged at the heartstrings a little too much, here is a bit of Burrow-related comedic relief.