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...
|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|