In the last few days, Utah has added two more new players to the 2016 class: JUCO defensive tackle David Fangupo and wide receiver/cornerback Jay Griffin. Neither are huge name guys, but I think both have some serious value for the Utes.
Fangupo is a 6'2", 325 pound defensive tackle from Cerritos College in Norwalk, Calif. Fangupo is a player I love for several reasons. He went to Kealakehe High School in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii and originally committed to Hawaii out of high school beore going the junior college route. Exhibit A, yes that is Fangupo; he was a running back in high school, at 350 pounds. Not many schools can say their defensive tackle was a running back in high at that weight. Second, with his size and speed, he seems like the kind of player Utah can turn into an NFL defensive tackle. In his film*, it is clear to see that he is quick off the ball and can get good penetration into the backfield. He sheds block well also. He may not be the biggest name in recruiting, but he is the kind of player that shines in Utah's system and will be a valued member of the defensive line rotation.
Griffin, a three-star recruit from Huntsville High School in Huntsville, Texas, just committed to Utah today. The 5'11", 170 pound wide receiver/defensive back lists his 40 time at 4.20. While he looks quite fast in his film*, I do not believe he is 4.20 fast, which would be faster than any current NFL player. What I like about Griffin is his speed and moves in the open field. He also goes up and fights for the ball. Utah has always recruited small, fast athletes, and Griffin looks to be another. Griffin was primarily recruited by Utah safeties coach Morgan Scalley, the main Texas recruiter for Utah. He chose Utah over an offer from UCF. He could be a dangerous slot receiver for Utah and showed in his film that he is dangerous on jet sweeps as well.