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  • Anonymous
    Feb. 19, 2010 6:51 a.m.

    2011 class is adding a lot of beef to the OL. Keep'm coming Utes!!

  • utes
    Feb. 19, 2010 7:49 a.m.

    perfect, this kid can play.

    go UTES!!!

  • K-Ped
    Feb. 19, 2010 7:51 a.m.

    Congratulations to Daniel! We are so excited for him as this couldn't have happened to a nicer young man.

  • Welcome!
    Feb. 19, 2010 7:53 a.m.

    Welcome to the U. You have made an excellent decision young man.

  • danburtreynolds
    Feb. 19, 2010 8:04 a.m.

    I love the start the Utes have gotten on next year's class. With Nielson, Asiata, Fakahafua, and Robles the Utes have a foundation for a great class. Welcome Daniel to the Ute family.

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 19, 2010 8:12 a.m.

    Rivals has the list of targets the Utes are after in 2011. If they could land even 5% it would be HUGE.

    Most are 4 and 5 star studs. I wonder how the Pac 10 talk plays into recruiting??

  • Utefan
    Feb. 19, 2010 8:56 a.m.

    Building a powerhouse. Watch out Pac 10 ... I'm smelling roses!!!

  • BRUINS
    Feb. 19, 2010 9:12 a.m.

    Personally I think the Pac 10 will pass on both BYU and Utah. Why bring in this insignificant market and then split the over all pie twelve ways?? The current Pac 10 members will actually be losing money, losing recruits and losing prestige. I only see Texas/Texas Am as a viable option.

    Bottom line is if the Pac 10 needs a championship game then just have a playoff game with the top two finishers. Problem solved.


  • Big Daddy Ute
    Feb. 19, 2010 9:56 a.m.

    Re: Bruins, Why not the SLC market. Whether it be one or both schools. 31st largest market in the country and growing. Texas is not coming west. Utah and BYU would both improve the quality of athletics in the PAC 10 today. Oh, by the way, when was the last time your Bruins, and I am assuming you are a UCLA fan, sniffed a BCS game. You are a bag of hot air.

  • Go Utes
    Feb. 19, 2010 10:32 a.m.

    This kid sounds like a great player - the wrestling experience will be a big benefit. I'm excited to see him join the Utes.

    re: bruins - you're half right. The PAC 10 will pass on byu. They don't fit academically or culturally into the PAC. Look for Utah and Colorado to get invitations within the next few months. That should help Utah land some pretty good recruits next year.

    Go Utes!!!

  • RE:Big Daddy Ute | 9:56 a.m.
    Feb. 19, 2010 11:01 a.m.

    Understand your point Bid daddy,
    But the revenue generated by picking up the 31st largest market would be more than offset by having to divide total revenue into 12 pieces instead of 10. Utah is a good school but I don’t think it adds anything equal or better than what the Pac 10 already has. Plus it would offer Utah access into Pac10 recruiting circles — why would we want that? The Pac10 already owns Utah recruits, except for the overboard religious kids. Don’t even get me started on BYU — way way, way too much baggage.

    So again, I ask, why would the Pac 10 want the state of Utah?

  • Re: 9:56
    Feb. 19, 2010 11:55 a.m.

    "So again, I ask, why would the Pac 10 want the state of Utah?"

    Because - and this speaks to the current sad state of affairs in the PAC-10 - either Utah or BYU would improve the quality of football in your conference. Sorry, but dogs like the Washington schools, Stanford, Cal, and UCLA are really dragging the PAC down.

    Another reason is that Utah & Colorado would make the PAC 12 teams, which they need in order to have a conference championship.

  • danburtreynolds
    Feb. 19, 2010 11:56 a.m.

    re:re:big daddy ute.

    I understand what you are saying about dividing the pie by 12, that's why both BYU and Utah won't get the bid. With a Pac-12 adding Utah and Colorado you get the 31st and Denver which is top 20. Couple that with a new tv contract and a championship game, I think the pie would be big enough to compensate for the smaller piece.

  • Re: Bruins
    Feb. 19, 2010 11:58 a.m.

    You have to have at least twelve teams in your conference to have a championship game. The question would be, would the revenue of the game, from both the game and the TV deal, be enough to offset splitting the revenue by two more teams?

  • The Money
    Feb. 19, 2010 12:03 p.m.

    The $$ generated with a conference championship game, the potential revenue with TWO BCS game teams, plus the money of the SLC market (which is bigger than any other market they could break into by expanding) would be enough to warrant adding a Utah school or two (if there are NO OTHER expansion options). The Pac 10 just needs two sensible teams, because the money will work out, and Utah is one sensible team. BYU definitely does not make sense for the Pac, not because they don't deserve to be in a BCS conference (they are as deserving as the 4 or 5 non-BCS schools in the expansion mix), but because they don't make sense to the Pac 10. I wouldn't be surprised to see Utah in the Pac 12 and BYU in the Big 12.

  • The Pac "owns" Utah?
    Feb. 19, 2010 12:07 p.m.

    The Pac 10 gets one or two of the best recruits from Utah every year. How is that "owning" Utah?

  • Pac-10
    Feb. 19, 2010 12:10 p.m.

    The only team in Utah that would help the Pac-10 make money is BYU and that is what the expansion talk is all about.

    Since some of the presidents will vote against inviting them, that means Utah is out too since BYU is their natural rival, which is important to the Pac-10 structure (and also because of the UofU's strong LDS influence). BYU owns the tv market in Utah compared to the U and that is what the Pac-10 wants, tv markets. So most likey they'll look to other teams IF they decide to expand at all.

    Utah fans, don't count your chickens before they hatch cuz you're only setting yourself up for a huge let-down.

  • Clueless Bruin
    Feb. 19, 2010 12:14 p.m.

    "Bottom line is if the Pac 10 needs a championship game then just have a playoff game with the top two finishers. Problem solved."

    Obviously you don't follow college football enough to know that the NCAA REQUIRES TWELVE TEAMS in a league in order to have a playoff game.

    Texas isn't coming.

    Colorado isn't coming.

    So the PAC 10 basically has Utah, BYU, Boise State, San Diego State, Fresno State and San Jose State to choose from in order to expand to 12 teams and have a playoff game.

    Unless the PAC 10 wants to create a California division, Utah and BYU are the obvious choices in terms of economics and overall athletics.

  • JoKeR
    Feb. 19, 2010 12:15 p.m.

    Why would the PAC 10 want Utah? Well let's see 2 BCS wins the past 5 years, 9 consecutive bowl wins (many over PAC 10 opponents). It would be a good match for the schools travel wise and allow them to add a championship game which would mean millions of dollars in TV revenue and exposure.

    I am not buying Texas or Texas AM leaving the Big 12. Texas/Oklahoma have owned the Big 12 and aren't going to leave anytime soon.

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 19, 2010 12:19 p.m.

    I think the powerful pac10 could lobby for a championship game with only 10 teams.

    Look, it's about revenue and I don't think it makes any sense adding a program unless it brings more or equal than it takes out.

  • hypocritical
    Feb. 19, 2010 12:24 p.m.

    It's so hypocritical of utah fans to want to join the Pac-10 and to desire it so badly that they are convincing themselves they have a realistic chance of getting invited.

    Why hypocritical? Think about it. This is the program that has been screaming "BCS IS UNFAIR!!! We want a PLAYOFF system!!!" And getting their congressmen involved in the fight for truth, justice, and the American way (i.e., follow the money).

    And now the Pac-10 drops one little word on the press - "expansion" - and utah fans are tripping all over themselves saying "Pick us! Pick us!" and wanting to become part of the oppressive system that they loathed to the Nth degree only a few weeks ago.

    So sad. And comical too.

  • Utah Man
    Feb. 19, 2010 12:28 p.m.

    I could understand why a UCLA cub would not want Utah or even BYU in the Pac-10. They get destroyed every time they come to the State.

    UCLA will always be in USC's shadow in football and it is only a matter of time before Newweasel damages the program.

  • Re: Utah Man
    Feb. 19, 2010 12:42 p.m.

    I don't know if you can say always, the 90's were the opposite and coach of the decade Carroll is now gone.

    Wait and see how things play out with Kiffin first.

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 19, 2010 12:44 p.m.

    hypocritical= BYU

    If the Pac10 made goo goo eyes at BYU don't tell me you all wouldn't be stepping over the MWC.

    Just be honest and not bitter because your stuck in a Mid Major and the Utes are moving up to the Big time.

  • "powerful" PAC 10
    Feb. 19, 2010 12:58 p.m.

    "I think the powerful pac10 could lobby for a championship game with only 10 teams."

    The "powerful" PAC 10 can spin their wheels all they want to unsuccessfully lobbying for an exception.

    They're wasting their breath if they think the NCAA is going to change the rules for them.

    Meanwhile the Big Ten will expand to 12 teams and initiate their own chamionship game; joining the ACC, Big East, Big 12 and SEC.

    The "powerful" PAC 10 will fall even further behind the other BCS conferences, barely ahead of the MWC, which is poised to become a BCS in 2012.

  • Bruin
    Feb. 19, 2010 1:03 p.m.

    September 13, 2008

    BYU 59
    UCLA 0

    The second worst loss in UCLA history, topped only by

    September 28, 1929

    USC 76
    UCLA 0

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 19, 2010 1:05 p.m.

    "could understand why a UCLA cub would not want Utah or even BYU in the Pac-10. They get destroyed every time they come to the State."

    Your right. What's the point. We'd stand of chance of getting beat and we get nothing a value back. It's kinda like why we try hard in not scheduling MWC teams. Big risk little reward.

  • Anonymous nailed it...
    Feb. 19, 2010 1:18 p.m.

    Yup, BYU, as an entire institution is hypocritical because some of its fans would love joining a BCS conference. That's as ludicrous as Max Hall's statements about U. The University of Utah is a classy institution with A FEW classless fans. Brigham Young University is a classy institution with A FEW classless (or hypocritical) fans.

    Also, last time I checked, no invitations were made or accepted for any conference expansion, so how do you know BYU is "stuck in a Mid Major and the Utes are moving up to the Big Time." I don't doubt that Utah might move to the Pac 10 without BYU but I certainly wouldn't gloat about it at this point b/c it's a long way from happening and may not happen at all.

  • Meow Mewo Kitty
    Feb. 19, 2010 1:42 p.m.

    It’s always so sad to see Cougar fans throwing out stats at how they dominate this BCS team and dominate that BCS team. But sadly, at the end of the day they never get invited to join. I wonder why that can be?

  • Ernest T. Bass
    Feb. 19, 2010 1:56 p.m.

    Ha another player who isnt good enough for coach brocno.

  • Coug Fan
    Feb. 19, 2010 2:13 p.m.

    Come on Bronko! your falling behind. This guy should be in Blue and White.

    Go Cougs!

  • re: hypocritcal
    Feb. 19, 2010 3:18 p.m.

    You're comment is absolutely 100% right on! I as a Ute fan have a hard time believing how my fellow Ute fans are acting about this possible Pac-10 expansion thing when we shouldn't want to touch it with a 10 foot pole. We're getting sucked in by this annoncement and the better Non-AQ teams could lose any hope of ever getting a playoff system to determine a true natinal champion if they get gobbled up by the AQ-BCS conferences. Just say NO to joining the Pac-10! Give us a PLAYOFF!

  • re: Coug Fan
    Feb. 19, 2010 3:22 p.m.

    Don't worry, he will be after he returns from his mission.

  • GROWL KITTY!
    Feb. 19, 2010 3:38 p.m.

    3 of the last 4 versus the ewe

    4 Top 25 finishes to 2

    4 10+ win seasons to 2

    2 MWC championships to 1

    sorry ewes, one great season in four just doesn't cut it

    BYU > Utah

  • re: GROWL KITTY
    Feb. 19, 2010 3:42 p.m.

    You say 3 of the last 4. I say BYU has won 3 of the last 8. Why only pick the last 4 years. If you want to do an overall history, we can. But I don't think you'd want to do that, since Utah dominates.

  • re: GROWL KITTY
    Feb. 19, 2010 3:46 p.m.

    "sorry ewes, one great season in four just doesn't cut it"

    One great season (I'm assuming you're talking about the undefeated BCS busting sugar bowl season) is better than no great seasons for the Y since a great season is defined by you as going undefeated.

  • re: joker
    Feb. 19, 2010 3:53 p.m.

    And here's one little fact you're missing completely: The Pac-10 wants to increase their TV market share. Adding only Utah and not BYU would not accomplish that in the Utah TV market because BYU gets much higher ratings and basically owns the TV market in Utah. And besides, the TV market in Utah isn't all that big anyway so it may turn out neither BYU nor Utah will get invited to join.

  • CaseyA
    Feb. 19, 2010 3:54 p.m.

    You guys are all up in the night. BYU and Utah, if they go somewhere, will go there together. They may go to the Pac, they may go to the Big XII, or they may stay in the MWC and drag it into the BCS buffet of large dollars for bad programs. Regardless, these schools are joined at the hip. You may all hate the fans of the other but the school administrations and athletic departments are closely knit.

  • Good Pick Up
    Feb. 19, 2010 4:12 p.m.

    I love that Utah got a commitment from a guy getting recruited by Princeton and Stanford, even though they're not necessarily football powerhouses (Stanford is decent I guess). That means this kid is all sort of intelligent, and that will make him a much better football player. He's a big boy with a good head, i like that combination on offensive line!

  • Classmate
    Feb. 19, 2010 4:29 p.m.

    GOMMA BUDDY! You are going to do awesome up there at the U. It's good to see my fellow class mate succeed in football. State championship for Hurricane next year, then on to the BCS! Congrats again bro.

  • Osgrath
    Feb. 19, 2010 4:56 p.m.

    It's amazing how an article about a solid recruit produces a bunch of comments about PAC-10 expansion and what that means for either BYU or Utah. If I recall, the big guy of the PAC-10 only said they were studying the possibility of expansion. Possibility is a long ways from probability. We might want to see if expansion happens before any of us make definitive statements about who the new teams are going to be. The only accurate statement I read here is from CaseyA (3:54) who pointed out that BYU and Utah are a matched set, joined at the hip.

    Personally, if the MWC can keep TCU and maybe get Boise State, the two schools would be foolish to jump conferences. Even without BSU the conference is on the verge of joining the BSC when the next opening comes up.

  • Go Utes
    Feb. 19, 2010 5:07 p.m.

    Wow a kid who had interest Stanford and Princeton and Utah won out.

    Funny how you're not hearing much from kewgs...

    Crickets crickets crickets

  • Congratz
    Feb. 19, 2010 5:10 p.m.

    Dang!

    I hear this kid is a stud and Azata could be the best player in the state. I'm a Cougar fan but I have to give it up to Whit. Let's hope Bronco has something up his sleave because we could have really used these two guys.

    Go Cougars!

  • why???
    Feb. 19, 2010 7:05 p.m.

    would a kid recruited by Stanford and Princeton want a ute degree...Something is fishy about this story..did he have any other "offers"?

  • Is this article
    Feb. 19, 2010 7:07 p.m.

    about PAC 10 expansion. My you uties are easily distracted!

  • Great Season
    Feb. 19, 2010 7:22 p.m.

    Actually, I'd define a great season as finishing in the Top 10; in which case, Utah doesn't even come close to BYU in all-time number of great seasons.

    Please don't infantile as to say that Utah fans wouldn't consider a season in which the Utes finished in the Top 10 a great season.

  • Good Season
    Feb. 19, 2010 7:24 p.m.

    Finishing in the Top 25.

  • Oh yeah!
    Feb. 19, 2010 7:30 p.m.

    Yup Goma is a stud! Really good at football & wrestling. I feel sorry for his oponents coz he don't go down that easily! But the good thing is that he's really nice off the field/mat.
    I think The Utes' got themselves a good one there!
    I heard his younger brother is a great ball player 2.

  • Re: Great Season
    Feb. 19, 2010 7:54 p.m.

    Two words for you: Who Cares!

    More worried about putting Utah down and trying to find some stat out there to show how BYU was or is better than Utah. Whoever you are, grow up!

  • re: Osgarth
    Feb. 19, 2010 8:52 p.m.

    Actually, there are also other accurate statements posted here about the possible Pac-10 expansion. Specifically the ones by "hypocritical", "re:hypocritical", and "re:joker" all make good points like Ute fans boasting about how they're going to get into the Pac-10 and become part of the BCS after they've hated and despised the BCS so much; that BYU does get bigger tv ratings and fan following than Utah but neither could end up getting invited; and neither school should want to join a BCS conference anyway. The MWC is getting better all the time and the schools should keep pushing for a playoff instead of giving in and joining the "enemy".

  • BCS
    Feb. 19, 2010 9:49 p.m.

    If you can't beat (the BCS System) 'em... Join 'em!!

    PS. Pac 10 fan who "owns utah"... The only reason Oregon got Heimuli was that they have no players at his position.... translation... the Utah schools had to much D line depth. Stanford got some kid too... what was his name??? Oh yeah, it doesn't matter!!! He's playing football for stanford, we'll never hear his name again anyway. Oh and as far as the Heimuli thing goes... if Oregon picks up a couple of DT's while he's on his mission and he may very well end up in Utah anyway.

  • BlueNtheFace
    Feb. 19, 2010 10:04 p.m.

    So are Ute fans and Kyle W. now convinced that early commits are the way of the future in recruiting?? (5 years later.. LOL)

    You've learned a lot Utes. Give credit where it's due. The Y and other big name schools have been raking in early verbals for years. All that time Kyle has been squawking that it was a bad practice, that locking them up that early is a bad risk. Look up the articles circa 2005, he said it.

    Anyway, how would you like the crow? Cold or warm w/ a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side?


    Go MWC!

  • RE"BlueNtheFace | 10:04 p.m.
    Feb. 20, 2010 6:44 a.m.

    "Anyway, how would you like the crow? Cold or warm w/ a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side?"

    You just may be the most bitter and pathetic kewg to date. You really need to get over the fact that Whit choose the Utes over BYU. Just as the Pac will choose the utes over the Kewgs.

    It's just how the real world goes.

  • Utes
    Feb. 20, 2010 6:45 a.m.

    "The Y and other big name schools have been raking in early verbals for years."

    That's funny given the fact that BYU lost BIG TIME on Nielson. Your point is??


    You made the right choice, Dan...welcome to a great program, school, and all around college experience. Welcome to Utah!!

    Great pick up Utes!

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 20, 2010 8:26 a.m.

    To: BlueNtheFace | 10:04 p.m.

    What a stupid comment. Utah got early commits last year as well. You think getting Nielson as an early commit represents an overall shift in recruiting strategy? You think that getting early commitments like BYU results in a better recruiting class? If you answered 'yes' to each of the above, given the high quality class Utah brought in under a less effective recruiting strategy can you imagine what Utah will bring in under what you would consider a better recruiting strategy??

    Regardless of the strategy Utah uses going forward, Mendenhall is already way behind and is likely wearing his baseball cap even lower to completely cover his face.

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 20, 2010 8:32 a.m.

    From both a talent and character perspective, Nielson is an outstanding fit in Utah program!!

    Welcome to the "U" Dan!

  • DUCKS
    Feb. 20, 2010 10:24 a.m.

    "if Oregon picks up a couple of DT's while he's on his mission and he may very well end up in Utah anyway."


    So what your saying is if the Ducks get better when he's away he'll come crawling back to Utah? Yea, I'll agree with that.

  • Who Cares!
    Feb. 20, 2010 10:27 a.m.

    U care!

    But, you have no legitimate rebuttal, because my definitions for "Good" and "Great" seasons are so obviously accurate.

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 20, 2010 11:52 a.m.

    I'll agree with your definitions of good and great seasons. So in the last seven seasons, Utah has had 2 great and 2 good seasons. BYU on the other hand has had zero great seasons and 4 good seasons. I'd take Utah's success.

  • Re: 11:52 a.m.
    Feb. 20, 2010 12:11 p.m.

    Actually Utah has had 1 great season and 3 average seasons under WHITTINGHAM. Meyer is gone now! Get that through your heads.

    BYU has had 4 REALLY good seasons. 8-5 and 9-4 is not on par with 11-2. If you want to track the whole ball of wax then BYU has had one greater season than Utah has ever had, another great season in '96 with a New Years Bowl Victory, and another great season with the Detmer victory over Miami, and then like 30 other really good seasons along with that.

    Prior to this century, Utah had NOTHING. Maybe a few good seasons under McBride in the 90's but that's it.

    But who wants to go over the "irrelevant" past anyways. If you want to focus on what's relevant NOW, look at the CURRENT COACHES. Like I said, Utah, under Whittingham, has had 1 great season and 3 average seasons. BYU has had 4 pretty dang good seasons. Period. That's what's relevant now.

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 20, 2010 12:46 p.m.

    Actually, whether the coach was meyer or whittingham, the team was still UTAH. Why don't you get that through your head. Lavell Edwards is long gone, so by your logic BYU no longer has a national championship right? You are an idiot.

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 20, 2010 12:58 p.m.

    "Like I said, Utah, under Whittingham, has had 1 great season and 3 average seasons. BYU has had 4 pretty dang good seasons. Period. That's what's relevant now."

    Funny that you would call Utah's 10 win season average but BYU's 10 win season "pretty dang good". That's BYU's kool aid for ya.

  • BlueNtheFace
    Feb. 20, 2010 1:00 p.m.

    Why all the hate, Ute fans? Welcome to the 21st century in recruiting. K.Whit was wrong and now has changed. He thought he'd use up his scholarships too fast and miss out on better recruits closer to the signing day. He was wrong. He missed out on some great instate recruits. He got this kid by signing him early - it's not rocket science. Sheesh.

    Keep your eye on the Y.

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 20, 2010 1:19 p.m.

    To: BlueNtheFace | 1:00 p.m.

    If there is a shift in the recruiting strategy that Utah employs, so be it. If they are taking a hybrid approach with what they have done in the past and early commits, so be it. If nothing has changed in Utah's approach, so be it. What does it matter to you?? Your perspectives are juvenile.

    The first time Mendenhall says "we didn't execute" you will be all over him for never making any changes. Mendenhall doesn't learn and he loves it when BYU fans don't like what he's doing.

    Take a hike to visit the glass football that makes you feel like you have a self esteem.

  • HawaiiUte
    Feb. 20, 2010 1:27 p.m.

    Welcome aboard Daniel. I look forward to seeing your talent out on the field!

  • Florida Ute
    Feb. 20, 2010 2:30 p.m.

    "Keep your eye on the Y."

    I'll take a U over a Y.

    Thanks you.

  • Inside
    Feb. 20, 2010 2:37 p.m.

    Never have the Utes had as much depth across the board. D-line will be the best in the MWC. LB's and CB's have unbelievable depth and talent...just need playing time.

    Don't expect the word "rebuild" being used ever again. Reload is more appropriate.

    We'll need our A game for the Pitt,ND and TCU games but no question we'll have the talent to win.
    GO UTES!

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 20, 2010 4:02 p.m.

    Coach Whitt has put Utah football on the map and it is going to be a fun journey. Thanks for choosing the Utes, coach!!

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 20, 2010 5:31 p.m.

    "LB's and CB's have unbelievable depth and talent...just need playing time."


    Hope to see Conroy Black (saftey) play this year. He ran a 4.2 40. Could be the fast player in college football.

  • Christine
    Feb. 21, 2010 5:01 p.m.

    Way to go GOMA! Make us even more proud of our town, ur an awesome kid, on field, on the mat, and esp. at the Lake! We wish you all the luck in the world.

  • not very impressive
    Feb. 22, 2010 9:32 a.m.

    Daniel, who goes by "Goma" was one of the laziest players on the Hurricane football team, and got shut down by a 5'7" 155 lb LINEMAN from Juan Diego in the 3A state title game. Its funny how the U thinks that'll translate into the kind of player they need.

    As a Hurricane Alumnus, I see this as a monumental thing for the school, to finally contribute a player to a D1 school.
    But as a BYU season ticket holder, I find this quite comical.

  • Utefan
    Feb. 22, 2010 11:28 a.m.

    Re. not very impressive.
    Please you've got to be kidding me. Nielson has been tearing it up on the field since his freshman year. and him getting "shut down" hint hint is absolute Bull. This kid is better then any lineman in the entire 3A catagory and in my opinion one of the best lineman in the state of Utah.

    Keep it up Nielson