While football might be prematurely over for Utah, the coaches are hard at work trying to find the pieces necessary to turn around a program coming off two-straight losing seasons.
Wednesday, the Utes signed wide receiver Kaelin Clay, who is a junior college transfer out of Mt. San Antonio College, a community college in California. Clay led the SCFA Central Conference in receiving yards and touchdowns this past season. He was recruited by Erickson and held an offer earlier this year from Toledo. Right now, he's a one to play one - though, he could get a medical red shirt.
Here's a highlight video from his senior season:
Kaelin Clay #4 2009.mov (via Anthony Cobbs)
Utah also picked up the commitment of of Sidney Jones, who had committed to San Jose State and held offers from Colorado, Fresno State, San Diego State, New Mexico and New Mexico State. Obviously, his star rating (two) and offers list won't impress many - as Utah and Colorado were the only BCS programs to offer, but the coaches like what they see from the 6'1 CB out of West Corvina, California.
So, the team continues to evolve as it enters the final, crucial stretch of their recruiting period. The coaches have a lot of work ahead of 'em to improve Utah's recruiting ranking (currently 9th in the conference - 56th overall). Here's to others signing and the Utes putting together a class that can deliver us from the mediocrity that has consumed the program the last two years.
Welcome Clay and, if his commitment sticks, Jones to the Utah football program.