2017 Utah Utes Recruiting & National Signing Day Class Breakdown
The 2017 Utah Utes Recruiting Class. The basic overview of the class, the best area of strength, what you need to know if you don’t care about recruiting, the star, and the depth chart hole going into the season.
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Utah Utes Recruiting Class Overview
All of a sudden, this turned into a big-time recruiting haul with a huge National Signing Day – getting WR Bryan Thompson, and a slew of great linemen changed things.
This year’s class has its normal share of JUCO transfers – Utah always fills in the gaps with ready-made players – but the playmakers for the future are going to be the key. There are a few nice gets here and there, but outside of WR Tyquez Hampton, and with the potential of QB Jason Shelley, there’s now a lot to like. However, at least in terms of right away, if the JUCO guys don’t rock, the class should be just okay.
The Utah Utes Class Is Heavy On …
Defensive backs. Here’s where the pop and the star power potential is. Tareke Lewis is a good-looking prospect for now, and Jaylon Johnson is a fantastic get – even with Arizona State hot on his heels – but it’s Corrion Ballard who should make the biggest impact right away at one safety spot. The 6-3, 200-pounder out of Blinn College has the talent to be one of the team’s leading tacklers.
The Star of the Utah Utes Class Is …
WR Bryan Thompson, 6-3, 185, Moreno Valley, CA – If it’s not corner Jaylon Johnson, it’s the big receiver who came into the mix late, but now might be a No. 1 target sooner than later. He’s got the size and the deep speed to be a star of the passing game to build around.
The Utah Utes Biggest 2017 Depth Chart Hole Is …
The offensive line. The O has to undergo a major overhaul of talent losing RB Joe Williams and the main men he worked behind. Garrett Bolles took off early – he’s a first round NFL Draft talent – with Sam Tevi gone on the other side at right tackle. Isaac Asiata was a blaster of a left guard next to Bolls, while Nick Nowakowski was a terrific center for the veteran front five.