While Utah’s 2018 recruiting class is still small with only three commits, they are targeting a lot of high profile recruits and are making the cut for many top 5, 6, 7, 10, etc lists. Lancaster (Calif.) Antelope Valley four-star wide receiver Devon Williams included Utah in his top 10, Sacramento (Calif.) Inderkkum four-star wide receiver Isaah Crocker included Utah in his top 6, Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) Etiwanda three-star wide receiver Geordon Porter included Utah in his top 7, and Sachse (Texas) Sachse three-star wide receiver Drue Jackson included Utah in his top 5.
I am a big fan of all four of these players. Any one of them could make a huge impact for the Utah offense. They are all over 6’0” tall, fast, and catch the football well. Williams is the biggest at 6’4”, 191. He can go up and get the ball, fully utilizing his size. He can also make the highlight reel one handed catches. He competed at The Opening and is a top 100 recruit in the nation. Crocker is smaller than Williams (at 6’1”, 170) but is faster and shiftier in the open field. He also can reel in crazy catches and makes nice adjustments on the ball. Porter is a deep threat. He runs under a 4.6 40-yard dash and has a knack of getting behind defenders. Jackson runs nice routes and comes out of his breaks hard. He also is a good blocker, which is important for Utah wide receivers.
After years of recruiting mostly hidden gems, Utah has started to focus more on recruiting higher ranking prospects after they had some success in the Pac-12. They are frequently battling for recruits against programs like Michigan, Ohio State, USC, etc. While Utah has reeled in some of their highest rated commits in the last three classes, they have also just missed out on many more talented players. This year could be different however because Utah has an elite quarterback committed in San Marcos (Calif.) Mission Hills four-star quarterback Jack Tuttle. Crocker was teammates with Tuttle at The Opening. Recruits are aware of where other recruits are going, and they meet other talented recruits at camps like The Opening. Having a quarterback as talented as Tuttle committed could provide a huge boost to Utah’s 2018 recruiting class. He is definitely trying to recruit other players to join him at Utah. His presence may be enough to push Utah over the edge and start to land more highly rated recruits rather than just missing out on them. Having an Elite 11 quarterback committed could certainly could entice one or more of these talented receivers to commit to Utah.