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Four-star Athlete Melquise Stovall Chooses Cal Over Utah

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Four-star athlete Melquise Stovall (Paraclete, Lancaster Calif.) announced his commitment today, to Cal over Utah.

He was formerly committed to the USC Trojans from April until he decommitted from USC and opened up his recruitment on Aug. 8. He held offers from 10 Pac-12 programs (the only two that did not offer were Oregon and Stanford) in addition to offers from Notre Dame, North Carolina, and Miami among others. The U.S. Army All-American and No. 4 all-purpose back (No. 168 overall player) per the 247Sports Composite is Nike SPARQ verified 5' 8", 177 with a 4.57 40-yard dash. Stovall visited Utah for their game against Arizona State earlier this season. His primary recruiter has been Utah wide receiver coach Taylor Stubblefield. In his film, it is easy to see a current Ute Stovall is comparable to, Britain Covey. Stovall is fast, shifty, and explosive. Not surprisingly, Stovall and Covey bonded on his visit.

Had Stovall chosen Utah, he would have been an instant replacement for Covey at slot receiver and would have also played some running back. As Utah fans saw in the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl, explosive playmakers are something Utah needs to add in this class, and Stovall could have been a big one. Stovall had Utah commit, Long Beach Poly Ath Davir Hamilton in his ear during his recruiting process, but it was not enough to get him to Salt Lake City. With all of the offensive players graduating, Utah could have really used a standout athlete like Stovall to help fill the void, instead, they will have to play against him and the Cal Bears on Saturday Oct. 1, 2016 in Berkeley, Calif. Stovall is not the only four-star athlete Utah lost out on to Cal for. Most recently, four-star wide receiver Jaylinn Hawkins comes to mind choosing Cal over Utah. He was a player who visited Utah, and Utah was in it until the end with him, even getting a hat on the table during his selection. If Utah wants to start winning the Pac-12 South, these are the types of recruiting battles the Utes need to start winning over other Pac-12 programs. Utah has a knack for developing under-recruited talent, but they need to start adding more elite talent at the skill positions if they want to win the Pac-12 South and start consistently competing for Pac-12 titles.