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.
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
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
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
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!
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.
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.
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..
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.
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.
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.
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.
BYU and Utah will always get who they want over USU. This article was terrible.
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.
@ VAggieJust 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
Wait until they are in the middle of their missions - then they'll become a
BYU football player.
Guam_BombWho knows, maybe the Ute/Aggie will become the most
compelling in the state.It already Is.
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
USU will forever be the unwanted step-brother to BYU and the UofU
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!!!!
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!
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
I am a Ute grad and die-hard Ute fan excited over the direction that the Utah
State football program is headed.
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.
@LindonMan. That's quite an ironic statement coming from a man from Lindon.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
hedgieYou've never spouted off or "lashed out" have
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!
"You've never spouted off or "lashed out" have you? LOL"tosmartforyouNot about the real success USU is having. I
sense the bYu fan is getting a little nervous. As the should.
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!
"Aggies becoming a No.1 choice for in-state recruits." I just have one
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.
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.
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!
@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.