SALT LAKE CITY, UT - JUNE 17: University of Utah Head football coach Kyle Whittingham smiles as it is announced that the University will be admitted into the PAC-10 June 17, 2010 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The University of Utah was invited to join the PAC-10 for the 2011-12 athletic year. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)
Though Utah basketball has been stung lately with a slew of bad news, today at least offered a reprieve, as Brazilian forward Renan Lenz committed to the program Wednesday morning. It's a good get and hopefully a sign the program is finally starting to turn things around. Lenz held offers from USC, as well as Auburn, who really pushed hard to recruit him toward the end.
This is welcoming news as Givon Crump, who the coaches were recruiting as of late, decided to sign with Cal State Fullerton, though it appears the coaches might have cooled on him toward the end of the recruiting cycle. Still, we need talent and bodies and Lenz is a great addition to the program. Hopefully, as I said, this is the true start of our rise back to the top.
As for football, they picked up the commitment of California OL LeRoy Tanoia. I don't much about Tanoia except that he's LDS, the half-brother of Kalani Sitake (so, yeah, whiffing out on this recruit might've been bad) and held offers from BYU, Nebraska and UCLA.
So, a good news day for Utah recruits. The Utes are now up to four commits for the 2013 football class, which has to be more than they had at this point last year.
I guess that Pac-12 thing is paying off, eh?