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Utah State football: Aggies becoming a No. 1 choice for in-state recruits

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  • JP Skillet Murray, UT
    July 1, 2012 11:11 p.m.

    USU is a fine place to go to school and will become, under Gary's guidance, a nice place to play football...but it is NOT becoming the #1 choice for in-state recruits. Catchy title, but far from the truth.

  • VAggie Bristow, United States
    July 2, 2012 12:50 a.m.

    JP,
    Did you read the article? It wasn't claiming that USU is the most sought after overall in-state, it was saying that some recruits have USU as their personal #1... very different... like the linebacker who chose USU over BYU.

  • Guam_Bomb BARRIGADA, GU
    July 2, 2012 12:51 a.m.

    The title said "a" number one choice not "the" number one choice. The point is there are kids who are making it a first choice. It'll be interesting to see how many of these kids get chances to start as underclassmen. I would imagine that's one of the draws as opposed to waiting for more experienced guys with the same talent level to move on.

    Who knows, maybe the Ute/Aggie will become the most compelling in the state.

  • Joey K Sandy, UT
    July 2, 2012 5:44 a.m.

    One part of the article said that BYU was "close to offering" the kid from Gunnison. How many of these aggie commits actually had offers from BYU or Utah? I think that is a more interesting statistic. As soon as recruits start selecting USU over BYU or Utah when an offer has been extended, I will start to pay attention.

  • Ifel Of'a-sofa Alpine, Utah
    July 2, 2012 7:25 a.m.

    While USU may not be the 1st choice for every single in state kid, I personally know a half dozen kids over the last couple of years that have had offers from Utah and/or BYU as well as some with an out of state offer or 2, and they chose Utah State.
    The article said BECOMING not IS.
    Chill out Cougars and Utes... but maybe all the snide comments and your reactions mean you see the reality of this article and you are nervous?

    Well this is the year... we all play each other, so we will see!

    I have stood by the Aggies through the good and bad, and in recent years we had a lot of bad, but good times are a comin baby!

    Great job Coach Anderson and staff. To all you in state kids, thanks for being Aggies!

  • AggieFan In Utah, UT
    July 2, 2012 7:36 a.m.

    Nice article, but USU was 7-6 last year, not 8-4.

    Anderesen is a good coach, I hope the entrance to the MWC can help keep him around.

  • williary Kearns, UT
    July 2, 2012 7:45 a.m.

    The Aggies are certainly trending upward thanks to Anderson. But it's a big stretch to claim they are anyones surfire #1 choice right now. Just remember, all offers are not equal. Most of the kids that end up at USU who had opportunities with Utah/BYU, probably had either a conditional offer from those schools, or even a preferred walk-on spot. Compare that with a legitimate offer from USU, and they are making the right choice going up to Logan.

  • Bluto Sandy, UT
    July 2, 2012 7:55 a.m.

    BYU will always be #1 for the Top LDS Athlete.

    However, USU is going to make some waves, they may even put together some very good years.

    The program most threatened by an upcoming State, is Utah.

    Once Utah settles into the Pacs perpetual lower tier/bottomfeeder role, then it's out of sight and out of mind. USU will become the fallback for in-state recruits.

    Meanwhile, the Aggies will be the next Boise State. They should beign to dominate the MWC.
    Then comes ESPN, then comes Cinderella moments, and there goes Utah, off the radar for in-state recruits..

  • IndeMak South Jordan, UT
    July 2, 2012 8:01 a.m.

    The pecking order stil has USU below two other schools and sometimes below Snow College. Very few kids wake up saying, "I want to be an Aggie." it happens because two other schools did not offer and no other choices came forward. I do believe USU is beating out teams like Wyoming, CSU and Idaho. I also believe they are now competing for recruits more than ever with BYU but that is usually a whim. If Gary wins 7 or 8 this year, he will leave town for greener pastures. The Aggie program will go down quickly again and the fans will go away again. Read history.

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    July 2, 2012 8:08 a.m.

    Ah, come on guys, don't try to read more into a headline or story than was intended. With Utah supposedly chasing cream of the crop PAC recruits, and BYU recruiting the top talent all over the world that is willing to abide by the honor code, is it any surprise that more in-state, and better in-state recruits are committing to the Aggies?

    For the past two years the Aggies have given BYU more than all we can handle, and if they can learn to finish the game, Utah had better not look past them either.

    Cougs, play nice! We have more in common than just the same classy shade of blue.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    July 2, 2012 8:08 a.m.

    Like Bluto says, Utah is clearly distant third and the bottom feeder in the State. They have no future and should probably just drop sports all together.
    Or they could keep beating both byu and USU on a consistent basis and sending more players to the NFL than both schools combined.

  • i luv UTES Sandy, UT
    July 2, 2012 8:39 a.m.

    Apparently some BYU "fans" care more about bashing the U than they claim... good job Bluto. Way to go against what BYU teaches about causing contention.

    Utah St. is a fine program, but Gary needs to learn how to finish games. They should have had at least an extra two wins on their schedule.If a player wants playing time, it may be a good time to consider Utah St. because of the direction their program is heading in.

  • LindonMan Lindon, UT
    July 2, 2012 8:51 a.m.

    BYU and Utah will always get who they want over USU. This article was terrible.

  • TJ Eagle Mountain, UT
    July 2, 2012 8:55 a.m.

    I think one of the biggest reasons that recruiting / early commitments for USU is looking so good this year is that USU had 3 players drafted this year. Combine that with a winning season, a bowl berth and a head coach that appears to be completely committed to being there when the current recruits graduate, a good conference(finally) and the campus, which I think is the most beautiful out of the 3 schools mentioned, and you begin to see that USU could actually be a football force in the West. A few more years will prove this but they are well on their way.
    Both the Y and the U are expanding their recruiting footprint and picking up more good out of state recruits. There are plenty of good in-state recruits choosing all three schools. Good luck to all three.

  • bballjunkie Pleasant Grove, UT
    July 2, 2012 9:32 a.m.

    @ VAggie
    Just so you are clear BYU never offered the Harris kid, he might have gotten a letter but that does not mean that the Y offered him. So he never chose USU over BYU. Either did any of the others kids listed (except Coach Anderson own Kid, which is funny) that committed to USU.

    I love what USU doing and Coach Anderson is a stud! I am a big Aggie fan for both Basketball and Football.

  • DC Alexandria, VA
    July 2, 2012 10:42 a.m.

    Wait until they are in the middle of their missions - then they'll become a BYU football player.

  • MLH SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    July 2, 2012 10:56 a.m.

    Guam_Bomb

    Who knows, maybe the Ute/Aggie will become the most compelling in the state.

    It already Is.

  • Mike Johnson Stafford, VA
    July 2, 2012 11:14 a.m.

    A few years ago, I looked at the rosters of all seven Utah college football teams (including Snow). I was surprised to find that USU was the only one where Utah did not supply the largest group of players. California was first for USU and Utah a distant 2nd. Everybody else that year, BYU, Utah, WSU, SUU, DSC, and Snow had more players from Utah than any other state. Nothing like getting a taste of success at USU, for local players to start looking at that program in higher numbers. Gary Anderson has also tried to recruit local players, instead of USU's historical recruiting grounds of California. California has 14 times the population of Utah, but only 7 FBS schools (compared to 3 in Utah), thanks to the CalNow initiative years ago. California, with limited opportunities at both the FBS and FCS has driven programs in nearby states including Utah and Oregon. USU probably could not have survived as an FBS school without a large influx from California. USU had a connection to California since the days they were in the Big West and benefited from several Cal schools dropping football.

  • LindonMan Lindon, UT
    July 2, 2012 12:05 p.m.

    USU will forever be the unwanted step-brother to BYU and the UofU

  • SpaceCowboy69 Syracuse, UT
    July 2, 2012 12:22 p.m.

    Utes, Cougars, and Aggies, don't read too much into this story. It said "becoming" not "is". We all know that Anderson is doing a great job in Logan and has that program on the rise. Thus by logic, if a program is rising, than more in-state kids will start to look at it. Rising program=more kids. Cougars are recruiting nationwide as well as the Utes, thus leaving more in-state kids with fewer options. Thereby a rising USU program looks better and better. Lets not make this a bigger deal than this is and stop the hate-spewing. Go Cougs!!!!

  • Black Shirts South Jordan, UT
    July 2, 2012 12:36 p.m.

    This may be the worst "blank" ever read from DNEW. Utah St is still the third option and always will be. 95% of the players that go to UTST are not qualified to go to BYU or not recruited by BYU or UTAH. Utah state had one good year because they had a NFL RB and LB, both the best in the state. This year will be a normal Utah St year. Both BYU and Utah will beat them by 20+. Gary own son may go to BYU.

    STOP!

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    July 2, 2012 12:37 p.m.

    It's hard to be an Aggie Head Coach because if you win too much you get hired by a real program and if you lose too much the alumni demand your head on a platter, but if you are mediocre and in the middle, winning a bowl game or an in-state rivalry occasionally, you can coach in Logan until the cows come home. And it doesn't matter if you're the best and nicest guy around, the formula is in place and has been for decades. So if USU jumps into being very successful, in spite of their little-bitty stadium that they have had trouble filling in recent years, look for them to need a new coach. Sorry, Aggies, that's the way it's always been.

    Finally you're into a conference that Utah and BYU were in----unfortunately, they're both now gone, having moved on. Too little too late, once again, for USU.

    Good luck though-----I'd like to be proven wrong in your case this time around.

  • Peter Coyotl West Jordan, UT
    July 2, 2012 12:44 p.m.

    I am a Ute grad and die-hard Ute fan excited over the direction that the Utah State football program is headed.

  • Striker Omaha, NE
    July 2, 2012 1:26 p.m.

    People like the direction of the football program? They had their first winning season in ages (barely), playing the WAC with two new DI programs, and heading to a conference where it's just the old WAC. Yes, the coaches had one good year in a long time, but that doesn't mean the coaches are heading in the right direction. They still lost games they should have one (in the WAC, rated the worst conference last year) and have tremendous strides left to take in their program. It's hard to make any argument that USU is heading in a better direction than any other school in that region (BSU, Utah, BYU).

    Space Cowboy hit it. BYU, BSU, and Utah recruit all over the nation, and it is leaving basically what is left for USU. Let's be honest people, the best recruits are out of Utah. Not sure USU is really getting the best recruits if they stay in the state.

  • Sneaky Jimmy Bay Area, CA
    July 2, 2012 2:49 p.m.

    @LindonMan. That's quite an ironic statement coming from a man from Lindon.

  • JP Skillet Murray, UT
    July 2, 2012 3:16 p.m.

    If you chose usu over utah it's because you really aren't mentally tough enough to compete. Or because you don't like byu which is understandable, most people don't.

  • hedgehog Ann Arbor, MI
    July 2, 2012 3:50 p.m.

    Funny how only bYu fans seem sensitive about the headline....I guess when you're not secure with your program it makes you lash out.

  • CottageCheese SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    July 2, 2012 3:58 p.m.

    I love seeing all the COUGAR fans get all up in arms about this article...

    I guess no one else can or should experience any type of success in collegiate sports in Utah besides BYU.

    Looking back on the past few years... I really don't know what BYU football has to be proud of? Have they really accomplished anything? If anyone should get some serious recognition for making things happen in the past 5 or so years its the UofU.

    I'm proud of the Aggies for making some serious strides in the past few years. Good for them.

    BEST comment on the board was by "DC"

    True. True. True.

  • stonewall Cottonwood Heights, UT
    July 2, 2012 4:03 p.m.

    Got to love what Gary Anderson is doing up at USU. Honestly, and this is coming from a Y fan, I think he's the best coach in the state. No disrespect to Whittingham or Mendenhall, who both are probably top-25 coaches nationally, but Anderson is doing more with less and I'm not sure Whittingham or Mendenhall could have improved that program the way he has. And for Utah fans who would cry foul, I'm perfectly aware of Whittingham's accomplishments. And I have no qualms about saying he's #2 and Mendenhall #3, even though I consider Mendenhall a very underrated coach. But being a good coach is about how much you can improve a program, and Anderson is doing that better than the other two. Going to a bowl game for the first time in almost two decades and succeeding where several coaches before him have failed is nothing short of outstanding. And the difference between him and other Aggie HCs is that he seems poised to keep USU a winner, with the team expected to have another winning season this year. And yes, recruits are responding to his success

  • dumprake Washington, UT
    July 2, 2012 4:25 p.m.

    Whatever this writer things is happening, it will not last. USU is in a no win situation, geographically isolated, coldest place to play in the state, little exposure, and though I always wish them well, this is an illusion.

  • Proud Ute ,
    July 2, 2012 4:38 p.m.

    Good luck to Coach Anderson, his staff and the Aggie's. Nothing but good can come out of this program continuing to be a success.

  • JustGordon Cottonwood Heights, UT
    July 2, 2012 4:57 p.m.

    Ah hope spring eternal in Logan...especially since it does tend to come there later than the rest of the state. Perhaps, if USU fans want to only count the number of instate recruits versus the quality of their instate recruits vis a vis Utah and the Y, they can lay claim to the title..."The Most Utah Recruits." It would be however a meaningless and deceptive title, since the U and the Y will generally get who they want instate first.

    It will take a whole lot of becoming...as much becoming as when a cow becomes a bird.

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    July 2, 2012 5:35 p.m.

    hedgie

    You've never spouted off or "lashed out" have you? LOL!!

  • cougarfanzz american fork, UT
    July 2, 2012 6:08 p.m.

    My prediction...USU becomes the second best school in the state and beats Utah by 14 points this year. We will allways get the best in state talent because of our Tradition, Success, and Honor! . GO Cougs!

  • hedgehog Ann Arbor, MI
    July 2, 2012 6:24 p.m.

    "You've never spouted off or "lashed out" have you? LOL"

    tosmartforyou

    Not about the real success USU is having. I sense the bYu fan is getting a little nervous. As the should.

  • Juice Box Eureka, UT
    July 2, 2012 7:24 p.m.

    cougarfanzz,

    They are closer to beat BYU right now... you've had your hands full the past 2 years. Utah is dealing with them just fine. Worry about your own team's program.

    Go Aggies and Utes!

  • Stang08 Cedar City, Utah
    July 2, 2012 7:32 p.m.

    "Aggies becoming a No.1 choice for in-state recruits." I just have one question. WHY?

  • Ronald Uharriet SWun City, Ca.
    July 2, 2012 7:43 p.m.

    I LOVE THE UTAH STATE AGGIES.
    I think they make a great September team to play.
    They are not Notre Dame. They are not any BCS team. They are not a team that should be the end of the year rival.
    Sorry. I want more for our Cougars. They deserve more.

  • runnerguy50 Virginia Beach, Va
    July 2, 2012 8:05 p.m.

    Our family was in Utah for a summer trip and we looked at all three schools. I liked Logan the best. What a pretty campus and town. SLC was nice as was Provo but Logan looked like a classic college town.

    My former neighbor was a USU grad from way back. The guy bought homes all over DC and was a vetenarian. The guy is worth millions but always dresses and acts like a humble guy from a farm in Utah. The missionaries that come through here who are USU students are always top notch. From where I sit the Aggies are doing many things right.....just not screaming about it.

  • Utah-Hawaii Alum Dallas, TX
    July 2, 2012 10:29 p.m.

    Bravo USU! The Aggies are the 2nd best team in the state currently. And, if the mighty Utes don't bring their A game to Logan this year, USU will beat us. It is a lot of fun watching BYu whither away. They deserve it!

    Gooooooo USU and Utes!

  • Stang08 Cedar City, Utah
    July 3, 2012 10:58 a.m.

    @Utah-Hawaii Alum,

    Didn't realize USU's name was Utah or BYU. Those are the two best teams in the state. USU is way behind those guys. BYU usually beats you guys. And Utah just laughs everytime they play USU. This is the truth. And I truely hope the aggies first loss of the season comes Aug.30th. That would be sweet. Probably won't happen but I'd love to see it and as a result see the rest of the aggie season go down the toilet. Oh I'm sorry, all aggie season's go down the toilet anyway.