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Utes land best class in program history

By all accounts, the 2012 recruiting class will go down as the best in program history. With the signing of Alphonso Marsh, a three-star defensive back out of Compton, California, early Wednesday evening, the Utes wrapped up a stellar class that features 28 new signees.

Kyle Whittingham says it's the best class, at least on paper, he's ever signed.

It's hard to find fault in that statement. Utah put together a diverse and deep class that will help bolster the program as it adjusts further to Pac-12 play.

You have to look no further than their recruitment of offensive linemen. Whittingham mentioned during the signing day press conference that the Utes were often undersized at this spot. That's about to change. Carlos Lozano, a near-400 lbs lineman out of Montebello, California, is certainly going to have a huge impact - in more ways than one.

All told, Utah signed nine offensive linemen in this class and I'm sure every single one of them will be put to good use over the next few years.

Of course, with most recruits, the impact probably won't be felt for a while. In fact, some will go on their Mormon missions before seeing a down at Utah. Still, it's hard not to get excited about this class. It helped fill the needs (quarterback, DB, OL) and did it in impressive fashion. Even better, the Utes dominated the state of Utah - signing five of the ten best prospects locally (BYU only got two).

The future is certainly bright for Utah and you can't help but think the recruiting will only improve the better the Utes become in the Pac-12.

The entire list of Utah commits after the jump...

Name Pos. Hgt. Wgt. Yr. Exp. Hometown/Last School
Brian Allen WR 6-3 197 Fr. HS La Marque, Texas/La Marque HS
J.J. Dielman OL 6-4 243 Fr. HS Ahwatukee, Ariz./Desert Vista HS
Hunter Dimick DL 6-3 254 Fr. HS Syracuse, Utah/Syracuse HS
Moses Folauhola DL 6-0 252 Fr. HS West Valley City, Utah/Hunter HS
Chase Hansen QB 6-3 203 Fr. HS Highland, Utah/Lone Peak HS
Reshawn Hooker LB 6-0 200 Fr. HS Fontana, Calif./A.B. Miller H.S.
Jake Jackson LB 6-3 205 Fr. HS Encinitas, Calif./La Costa Canyon HS
Lio Lafaele OL 6-3 335 Fr. HS Corona, Calif./Centennial HS
Austin Lee DB 6-0 187 Fr. HS Draper, Utah/Alta HS
Niasi Leota DL 6-4 245 Jr. JC West Valley City, Utah/Mt. San Antonio College
Zach Lindsay OL 6-7 327 Fr. HS Kaysville, Utah/Davis HS
Carlos Lozano OL 6-6 385 Jr. JC Montebello, Calif./East L.A. College
Hiva Lutui OL 6-2 277 Fr. HS Euless, Texas/Trinity High School
Alphonso Marsh DB 6-2 183 Fr. HS Compton, Calif./Dominguez HS
Delshawn McClellon WR 5-9 165 Fr. HS North Long Beach, Calif./Gahr HS
Moana Ofahengaue DL 6-3 205 Fr. HS Saratoga Springs, Utah/Westlake HS
Tenny Palepoi DL 6-2 295 Jr. JC Salt Lake City/Snow College
Reginald Porter DB 5-11 202 Fr. HS Amite, La./Amite HS
Nua Poteki OL 6-5 335 Fr. HS Sandy, Utah/Brighton HS
Jeremiah Poutasi OL 6-5 322 Fr. HS Las Vegas, Nev./Desert Pines HS
Marc Pouvave OL 6-4 336 Jr. JC Chula Vista, Calif./Southwestern College
Junior Salt OL 6-2 340 Jr. JC Glendale, Utah/Mt. San Antonio College
Pasoni Tasini DE 6-3 240 Fr. HS Wailuku, Hawaii/Baldwin HS
Justin Thomas DB 5-9 170 Fr. HS Orange, Texas/West Orange-Stark HS
Sione Tupouata DL 6-4 255 So. JC Oakland, Calif./Snow College
Vaha Vainuku DT 6-3 298 Fr. HS Salt Lake City/East HS
Travis Wilson QB 6-6 207 Fr. HS San Clemente, Calif./San Clemente HS
Kelvin York RB 5-11 230 Jr. JC Prairieville, La./Fullerton College