The flurry of commits has continued for Utah football with 2017 Provo High School (Provo, Utah) wide receiver Ty Jones committed to Utah on Sunday and 2016 San Clemente High School (San Clemente, Calif.) tight end Cole Fotheringham committed Monday. Fotheringham is rated a three-star prospect by the 24/7 Sports Composite ranking, while Jones as a 2017 prospect is not ranked yet.
I really love the pick up of Jones for multiple reasons, not the least of which is that Utah plucked him right out of BYU's backyard (his only other offer right now). Jones has great size at 6'4", 185 pounds. He is not the fastest receiver with his 4.77 40-time, but In his film*, Jones displays skills coaches want in a college wide receiver, he runs nice routes, high points the football and catches the football well. he is a red zone threat and is not afraid to lay blocks on opposing defenders. Wide receiver blocking is an important component of Utah's offense and is often overlooked. One of Utah's top priorities on the recruiting trail has been to keep the top in-state prospects home and landing Jones is a step in the right direction for that goal.
Utah is starting to build a bit of a pipeline to San Clemente High School. It started with Travis Wilson in the 2012 class, and now Utah has two commits from the Tritons: offensive lineman Tucker Scott and Fotheringham. In his film*, Fotheringham shows off his stills catching passes and blocking. He moves well in space and can line up at the end of the line or in the slot. This versatility will be important in Utah's offense because the tight end has a varied role. It is hard for linebackers to keep up with him, and he has a knack of getting open about 10 yards or so down the field between the linebackers and safeties. This ability could make him a nice safety blanket for Utah's quarterback. He is 6'4", 219 pounds (both SPARQ verified). He will need to add at least 25 pounds of good weight to play tight end in the Pac-12. Fotheringham chose Utah over offers from Boise State, BYU, Nevada, and Utah State.