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Utah Lands JUCO DB Tareke Lewis

NCAA Football: Utah at Colorado Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Last week Utah landed one of the top junior college cornerbacks when they secured a commitment from Riverside (Calif.) Riverside Community College cornerback Tareke Lewis.

According to the 247Sports Composite ranking has Lewis as the No. 3 JUCO cornerback in the 2017 class. Scout has him listed as a four-star recruit. Lewis visited Utah back in October. He chose Utah over offers from Iowa State, Kansas State, Maryland, Oregon State, TCU, and West Virginia among others. Despite being committed to Utah, Lewis is still planning to visit Cal, Maryland, and West Virginia before signing on Feb. 1, 2017.

With all of Utah’s starting corners graduating, adding an instant-impact cornerback is a huge priority in that class. As a highly rated JUCO prospect, Lewis certainly fills that role. Lewis is the second cornerback in Utah’s 2017 class along with four-star U.S. Army All-American Fresno (Calif.) Central East cornerback Jaylon Johnson.

Utah’s 2017 recruiting class has been a bit different than in previous years. Utah usually would have a much larger class at this point. This year the class is smaller because Utah is in the running for multiple highly rated recruits who will not announce until closer to National Signing Day. Lewis was one of four commits for Utah football last week, which brings Utah’s 2017 class up to nine commits.