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National Signing Day open thread

Who's Utah's next big star?

Christian Petersen

It's that time of year again! Yes, it's national signing day! It's like Christmas in ... February.

The future of Utah football begins here. This class will help settle whether or not Kyle Whittingham can get things turned around and back on track after the program's first losing season in a decade. While maybe not the most important recruiting class ever, it's still one that will hopefully lay a foundation for Utah's return to prominence.

So, what should we expect today? Well unlike in years past, there isn't necessarily any major uncertain signees we're waiting on. Last night, Kylie Fitts, a recruit out of California and the 8th ranked defensive end in the nation, decided to stick close to home and sign with UCLA - he held offers from Utah, USC, Washington and Notre Dame.

But that's not to say there won't be a few surprises, either good or bad, throughout the day. Still, I think this class has pretty much settled, with maybe one or two potential changes. One of those possible changes could be Marcellus Pippens, who committed to Utah in October, but both Utezone and Inside the Utes are saying he's most likely going to officially sign somewhere else (Washington State, maybe).

What we're probably going to get is a fairly decent class that falls somewhere around 7th in the Pac-12. It will be nationally within the top-40, I think, but probably not nearly at the level of last year's, which, of course, felt like the best class in program history.

But we'll see.

We'll have updates throughout the day, but if you're really looking for second-to-second news, head on over to Twitter and follow the following accounts: @utahathletics, @utezone, @insidetheutes, and, of course, @blocku.