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Utah signs 4 returned missionaries in 2018 class

The 2018 signing day for Utah Football is in the books. Fourteen recruits committed to the Utes with four of those being returned missionaries. Here’s a breakdown of each of those players:

Quinn Fabrizio

The defensive back was a member of Utah’s 2015 recruiting class. Fabrizio went on an church mission before re-signing with the 2018 class. He played for Alta High School in Sandy and was named Deseret News second-team 5A all-state safety as a junior in 2013. Also in his junior year, playing the free safety position, Fabrizio finished with 94 tackles and one interception. Only playing in three games his senior year, Fabrizio was ranked a three-star recruit by and

Cole Fotheringham

The California tight end signed with Utah in 2016 before he left on an LDS church mission. Selected to the 2015 All-USA California Football Team, the San Clemente High School graduate was rated as a three-star prospect by and During his senior year, Fotheringham had 45 receptions for 600 yards and 10 touchdowns (as well as five pancake blocks). His junior year looked good too. He finished with 50 catches for 585 yards and eight touchdowns. In a standout performance that year, Fotheringham lead the team with 135 receiving yards and two touchdowns against Laguna Hills High School. The Cali native helped San Clemente win back-to-back Sea View League championships. The freshman, coming into Utah at 6”4’, 235 pounds, also saw time at quarterback, completing 34-of-56 passes (60.7%) for 428 yards and five touchdowns in his career.

R.J. Hubert

The Moapa Valley High School graduate committed to Utah in 2016 before leaving to serve an LDS church mission. In 2015 Hubert won the Nevada Division 1A Offensive Player of the Year and All-Southern Region Offensive MVP. In 2014 he won 1A MVP and All-Southern Nevada Division 1A Overall Player of the Year. He will play the wide receiver position for the Utes, but also has played some running back, defensive back and returned kicks in high school. Hubert finished his career at Moapa Valley with 50 touchdowns (23 receiving, 15 rushing and 12 return) and 90 career receptions for 1,747 yards (19.4 ypc). His senior year he had 41 receptions for 783 yards and nine Touchdowns and 73 rushes for 727 yards (10.0 ypc) and 15 Touchdowns… In 2015, Hubert had six interceptions (1 TD), 61 tackles, returned five kickoffs for touchdowns, caught 49 passes for 964 yards and 14 touchdowns. In 2014 he had six interceptions and 71 tackles.

Simi Moala

The defensive line originally signed out of high school with Oregon State in 2015 before leaving on an LDS church mission in Nuku’alofa, Tonga. The three-star prospect by and 247Sports flipped his decision and committed to the Utes. The 91st-ranked defensive end in the nation in 2015 by, played in Kingdom Bowl USA. Moala was a three-year varsity letterman at Cathedral High School in California, had 117 career tackles, including 50 tackles for loss and 13 sacks. 70 of those tackles came as a senior.