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  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Feb. 6, 2013 7:38 a.m.

    The class certainly looks good on paper; then again, they always do. Utah is ranked (per rivlas) #37. That's right behind Oregon and just ahead of Oregon State. That's pretty fast company. Now Utah needs to make the most of these recruits. That always seemed to be the case from about 2004 to 2010; but the last two seasons have been dissapointing: to say the least.

    GO UTES!

  • cedarcityute cedar city, UT
    Feb. 6, 2013 10:13 a.m.

    It's exciting to see everything start coming into play. We can throw numbers out there, but don't forget guys, its only February. We still have A LOT of work to do.

  • pocyUte Pocatello, ID
    Feb. 6, 2013 10:22 a.m.

    Top to bottom, easily the best signing day class. Now let's roll it into wins.

    Go Utes

  • papi_chulo Ogden, UT
    Feb. 6, 2013 10:33 a.m.

    You Utes will roll it into wins alright. Maybe when you play teams like Weber State and Northern Colorado. You Utes will get blown away in every one of your Pac-12 games this year. You heard it here first. ;)

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Feb. 6, 2013 10:36 a.m.

    Championship! Rose Bowl!

  • SCUte Rock Hill, SC
    Feb. 6, 2013 10:42 a.m.

    Papi - I am so glad I am a Utah grad. Simple things come to me - like "You heard it here first"?
    Really? I may have read it here first, but certainly I did not hear it here first. That is Y you will always by looking up to the U - we are educated and now - you are schooled.

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    Feb. 6, 2013 10:45 a.m.

    I want to be stoked about the recruits. I believe in the Ute program and its' recruits. We just need to show it on the field, which brings in better recruits. The new facilities will help recruiting from here on out.

    @Spokane Ute, I hear you but I wasn't down about 2011 (except Colorado). It was a good first year in the PAC. Last year was a huge let down though. Kyle mismanaged the QB position AGAIN, going with Wynn for a third injured season. Fall reps were taken from another QB. Three years of wasted talent at the WR spot happened because the QB couldn't throw the ball more than 15 yards. Also, developing Travis Wilson for the future sounds good if he is even the answer. Still, putting him in so early last year cost Utah a bowl game. Hays was benched right as White IV got healthy (hurt the first half of the year). That was a mistake. Utah's defense played well enough to beat both UCLA and OSU (Wilson's first two starts). The offense was as bad as could be those two weeks. Going 0-2 in conference isn't the time to make wholesale changes.

  • Marked it Down Park City, UT
    Feb. 6, 2013 11:03 a.m.

    "Remember, championships aren't won in February..."

    Nor are they won in September, October, November, December, or January...

    at least not at the U!

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Feb. 6, 2013 11:26 a.m.

    gdog3finally

    I hear ya'! Actually 2011 wasn't a bad season; outside of the Buffs fiasco. I'm still not sold on Wilson. He doesn't seem to through the bomb (50 yard) pass very often. I think Brian Johnson did a better job as the season went on. Some major talent left, so the Utes definately need to reload. I'm optimistic that coach Whittingham will get things back on track. Thanks for the response, take care and it looks like a good recruiting class.

    Marky Mark

    Actually, championships are won by the U in December (Sun Bowl) and January (Sugar Bowl). When's the last time BYU played a bowl in January? Y are you getting in your time machine to answer the question?

  • Juggy SAINT GEORGE, UT
    Feb. 6, 2013 11:34 a.m.

    I like the class. Plenty of athleticism and speed. Good mix of JC's and High Schoolers. Very excited about the QB's.

  • Juggy SAINT GEORGE, UT
    Feb. 6, 2013 11:35 a.m.

    Welcome to the U, good luck, and get ready to work!

  • Marked it Down Park City, UT
    Feb. 6, 2013 12:12 p.m.

    Spokane Ute

    Sorry, but finishing lower than #1 in the final rankings - AP and/or Coaches Poll - isn't a championship, no matter which bowl game you win in December or January, or in Utah's case, September.

    When getting in a time machine, the first requirement is to have a time destination in mind - unlike U, BYU has a time destination it can go to when it comes to major college football national championships.

  • Hoosier87 American Fork, UT
    Feb. 6, 2013 12:13 p.m.

    As a Cougar fan I have to admit it's a good looking class (as well as the Cougars class). However I'm really sad to see not more than a few Utah kids are on either of these classes (Utah State included).

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Feb. 6, 2013 12:55 p.m.

    Marky Mark

    Don't kid your self, the destination is always the same; 1984. Almost 30 years ago. You remember that year don't you? Defeating a 6-6 Michigan team? Not a single win against a ranked team? Which BCS bowl was that game played in? Sorry, but BYU's 1984 season doen't even come close to what Utah did in 2008.

  • Y's little brother Sandy, UT
    Feb. 6, 2013 1:34 p.m.

    Spokane Ute

    Don't kid yourself, the destination for Utah is also always same:

    Into the great unknown,

    where nary a red-tailed hawk has flown.

    What Utah did in 2008 (#2/#4) doesn't even come close to what BYU did in 1984 (#1/#1)!

    Next time U launch a national championship campaign, U might want to start by having a Top 10 season the year before.

    FIVE Top 12 finishes in six seasons, a 24-game winning streak that included two road wins against Top 15 teams, and back-to-back Top 7 Finishes is what gave BYU the credibility to win the 1984 National Championship.

    Find a period anywhere in Utah's entire history that even comes close to matching that record and we'll discuss Utah's "worthiness" to be considered a national championship contender.

  • reasonableUTE Provo, UT
    Feb. 6, 2013 1:42 p.m.

    papi_chulo@

    you have to add BYU to that list as well, that was convenient of you to forget the U's recent dominance over them over the past decade or so...

  • GO_COUGARS! Provo, UT
    Feb. 6, 2013 1:57 p.m.

    We didn't play in a championship game in 1984. In fact we didn't really play in any big games. Unless you count our bowl game against a bad team, but still we definitely didn't prove ourselves against ANY of the top competition in college football. Not once.

    This is why we like playing against bad teams now. It's all about the wins, no matter how you get 'em! When's the Idaho game?

    GO COUGARS!

  • SportsFan Orem, UT
    Feb. 6, 2013 3:06 p.m.

    Who's "we" Provo? Got a mouse in your pocket?

    Washington and Nebraska, both ranked in the Top 5, were both invited to play #1-ranked BYU in the 1984 Holiday Bowl. Neither was willing to accept the challenge of playing BYU for the national championship.

    BYU proved itself by beating every team that was willing to play the Cougars in 1984.

    If you want to blame someone for BYU playing Michigan in the Holiday Bowl, blame Washington and Nebraska, who both passed on the opportunity.

    Washington beat a lower-ranked Oklahoma team in another bowl, then whined when they only finished #2 in the polls.

    Eight months later, the Huskies got their chance for redemption. BYU crushed Washington 31-3.

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Feb. 6, 2013 3:05 p.m.

    No reason in trying to debate a tree stump(s). On topic: another nice recruiting class, 7 recruits from Texas. Kids from Texas, Cali, Utah and a few JUCO's: Nice! I beleive last year was an anomolly. Here's to 2013; and a new bowl detination. The Alamo Bowl would be nice; or even another stellar season; capped with a BCS bowl. The possibilities are endless. It must be really sad to know that whether you win 6 games; or 11, you will still end up in San Diego, playing in the Kraft, Macaroni and Cheese Bowl. How discouraging.

    GO UTES!

  • Christy B Salt Lake City, Utah
    Feb. 6, 2013 3:28 p.m.

    Spokane Ute

    It's so discouraging knowing that no matter how successful we think we are in recruiting, we still end up 5-7 and playing in the couch potato chip bowl.

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    Feb. 6, 2013 3:31 p.m.

    Utah has a vastly superior recruiting class for 2013 than y! The proof of the pudding is how many Yner trollers there are on this story. The worse byU does, the more trollers come out on Utah stories!!

    Go Utes!!

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Feb. 6, 2013 3:46 p.m.

    BYU fans. Let's discuss the future for a change; and even the article. Per Rivals: BYU's class (#69) is ranked below Houston, Duke, Toledo and every team in the PAC 12. Wow! How discouraging.

    Utah fans: another good recruiting class. Ranked #37. That's ahead of Michigan State, Wisconsin, and Miami. Just behind Arizona and Oregon State.

    That about sums it up!

  • jdub1942 PROVO, UT
    Feb. 6, 2013 3:52 p.m.

    Ive got an idea Ute fans, we should find a team with a much better recruiting class than ours like UCLA and start trolling them because it would somehow make sense right?

    -If Utah fans thought like BYU fans

  • PAC 12 Punching Bag SLC, UT
    Feb. 6, 2013 4:07 p.m.

    Probably the most disappointing aspect of this is that we still finished in the bottom half of the PAC12 in our recruiting ranking and did not get one single 4 star HS recruit. Even as we brag about our recruiting we did not get a single top HS kid, not one. Even BYU got a 4 star top rated offensive lineman.

    As we continue to fall further and further behind the rest of our conference, put up even more losing conference seasons like the last two, stay home from bowl games because we aren't good enough to be in them, and generally maintain our mediocrity, it will be interesting to see our stadium lose attendence just like the Huntsman Center has.

    These are sad and frustrating days for those of us that are true Ute Fans and not just frantic and emotional BYU haters.

  • nosaerfoecioveht NSL, UT
    Feb. 6, 2013 5:21 p.m.

    Hahaha oh byu "fans". We can see that this is hurting you. We were supposed to be viewed by the nation, including all these high school kids, as a doormat, right? While you were supposed to be viewed as the greatest college football program ever with the strongest national brand, or cachet, or whatever you kept calling yourselves. You started to believe what other "fans" were posting on the message boards. It was obvious that the best athletes would rather play for you than anyone else! And then this happens. Like I said, we can see that this hurts.

    But when you come to articles about our recruits to talk about how we can't be competitive with a 37th ranked class, while you yourselves are ranked 69th... you just look, well.. hurt.

    You guys hurt?

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    Feb. 6, 2013 5:36 p.m.

    Indy-WACey "Utah" Punching Bag:

    Utah signed a 4-star WR (Lewis). Sure, he was a JUCO recruit, rather than a high schooler, but which recruit do you think experts will be predicting to provide a more immediate impact? A mature WR with 2-yrs collegiate experience? Or a teenage OL with none?

    Next time, don't be so frantic and emotional.

  • Mount Olympus Salt Lake, UT
    Feb. 6, 2013 6:19 p.m.

    A lot of fans from Provo's school of Pharisees are posting on this article about the Utes.
    Utes had higher recruiting ranking (according to Rivals, ESPN, Scout, and 24 7 sports).

    Utes addressed QB need. Learned lesson from Wynn injury. Manning looks like a great Pro-style QB. Cox is a dual threat. Thomas is very quick. At least they'll have options when it comes to QB position. I've heard rumors Thomas may only play QB if needed; probably play a different position. That may be incorrect.

    Decent class for Utes.

  • StGtoSLC SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Feb. 6, 2013 7:15 p.m.

    Mount Olympus, from what I've read, Thomas is expected to be a defensive back at Utah, which is what made him take so long to make his decision, as Air Force was interested in him as a QB prospect.

  • 86&90UTE Holladay, UT
    Feb. 6, 2013 7:27 p.m.

    He just figured he would have a better chance of making the NFL as a DB from Utah, than a QB from AFA.

  • talkinsports Gilbert, AZ
    Feb. 6, 2013 8:23 p.m.

    Utah fans: another good recruiting class. Ranked #41. That's ahead of Miami and Wisconsin (whom we don't play) and just behind Arizona and Oregon State (whom we do play).

    #11 UCLA
    #13 USC
    #18 Washington
    #21 Oregon
    #29 California
    #32 ASU
    #36 Arizona
    #37 OSU
    #41 Utah

    9th in the PAC 10.2 in recruiting, with 7 guaranteed conference losses in 2013 - Arizona, ASU, Oregon, USC, UCLA, OSU and Stanford - and the Utes hoping to pick up one win against BYU, Utah State, or Oregon State to avoid finishing with worse losing season than last year and no bowl.

    That about sums it up!

  • rjones Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 6, 2013 8:56 p.m.

    You all need to stop with the Utah/BYU arguments on here. BYU's national championship came in a completely different era of the game so it is impossible to compare the 2008 Utes with the 84 Cougars. Also, as a current student at the U, I have to say that I don't even consider this a rivalry anymore. Yeah, the students reacted at last year's game like it is a rivalry, but beating BYU means nothing to the Utes now. The PAC-12 championship is all that we care about. Hopefully the coaching staff can capitalize on the incredible team talent that the Utes have.

  • CO Ute PARKER, CO
    Feb. 6, 2013 9:50 p.m.

    I thought this was an article about this year's college recruiting for Utah, not a lament about a team that had a great season in the previous century. Since several posts went down that road I want to remind everyone of another team. That team went undefeated, won their conference championship and was the #1 team in the AP poll at the end of the year. They also beat several top ranked teams that year and had a Heisman trophy winner. That team was the 1941 Minnesota Golden Gophers and while it is a nice historical review, it has nothing to do with the current state of college football and neither does 1984.
    Now to a relevant comment about the article. For the second year in a row, Utah added more than 20 players rated 3 stars or higher. They have built a good foundation for the future and have a significantly higher rated class at #41 (according to Rivals) than either BYU at #75 or USU at #103. This was a good day for the Utes in 2013.

  • moderateinmagna MAGNA, UT
    Feb. 6, 2013 11:28 p.m.

    This is for all of you complaining about all the BYU posters on here well i was just over on the BYU article about their recruiting class , 78 comments and almost half are from utah,s so called fans trash talking about the cougars ,so everybody just needs to grow up and stop the trash talk ,i thought you were all adults but apparently we have 5 year olds from both schools posting garbage on here on both threads time to grow up.

  • scott Alpine, UT
    Feb. 7, 2013 1:20 p.m.

    rjones

    U rushed the field THREE times for a game that "means nothing to the Utes", yet not a single Utah fan has even bothered comparing Utah's recruiting class to other schools in the PAC 12?

    Just in case U were wondering,

    here's how the PAC-12 (national ranking) and the Utes stacked up nationally. Good luck winning a conference title anytime EVER when you're only 9th or 10th in recruiting.

    ESPN
    1. UCLA (12)
    2. USC (14)
    3. Washington (18)
    4. Oregon (26)
    5. California (30)
    6. Arizona (39)
    7. Stanford (40)
    8. Arizona State (42)
    9. Oregon State (46)
    10. Utah (48)
    11. Washington State (58)
    12. Colorado (67)

    Rivals
    1. UCLA (11)
    2. USC (13)
    3. Washington (18)
    4. Oregon (21)
    5. California (29)
    6. Arizona State (32)
    7. Arizona (36)
    8. Oregon State (37)
    9. Utah (41)
    10. Washington State (52)
    11. Stanford (61)
    12. Colorado (67)

    Scout
    1. UCLA (5)
    2. Washington (14)
    3. Oregon (17)
    4. USC (18)
    5. Arizona (27)
    6. California (29)
    7. Arizona State (31)
    8. Oregon State (38)
    9. Washington State (39)
    10. Utah (47)
    11. Stanford (59)
    12. Colorado (66)

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    Feb. 7, 2013 2:33 p.m.

    scott:

    "U rushed the field THREE times for a game that "means nothing to the Utes",...?"

    Utah rushed the field because they won. Look back to 2008. Utah rushed the field after beating TCU and Oregon State too. Students rush the field all the time now. You're a lesser team now. Utah's top priority now is winning the Pac-12 South. Next in line comes beating our other Pac-12 peers. Of third importance would be non-conference opponents from relevant conferences...like Michigan from the BigTen. The cougars are tied for fourth on our priority list, alongside teams such as Utah St. and Fresno St.

    Get used to being #4, but cheer up...you're still more important to us than Weber St.

  • talkinsports Gilbert, AZ
    Feb. 7, 2013 5:15 p.m.

    navel vet

    LOL at your spin.

    It's gotta be tough pretending to be one of the big boys, when you're so embarrassed by your 9th/10th place recruiting ranking in the PAC 10.2, that can't even show your face to talk smack on a PAC 12 blog.

    Get used to being a PAC 10.2 punching bag... that's all you'll ever be.

    Only two seasons in the PAC 10.2 and already BYU has once again become your bowl game.

  • nosaerfoecioveht NSL, UT
    Feb. 7, 2013 9:43 p.m.

    @ talkinalot

    "Get used to being a PAC 10.2 punching bag..."

    It could be worse. We could be the Pac 12 punching bag's independent WACey punching bag.

    Three in a row, eight of the last eleven :)

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Feb. 8, 2013 8:00 a.m.

    @Scott

    Where would mighty BYU rank in you list? Do tell