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Utah football signs returned missionary OL Jaren Kump

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We’ve been sitting on this since 2017, so here’s what we had to say about Kump back then, plus some more information from today’s release.

O-block added a big body today with the signing of Jaren Kump, a 6’6”, 261 pound three-star lineman out of Herriman. Kump had interest from many Pac-12 schools, including much of the Pac-12 South as well as Oregon and Cal. Back in July Kump was a BYU commit, and he switched to the Utes back in October.

Here’s the highlight reel for the newest Ute:

Kump has the height you love to see from a lineman, but he’s got to put on some weight, which is not uncommon for a new freshman. I’d image Jim Harding and the offensive staff would throw the red shirt on the young man and allow him to develop for a season. Fortunately, the Utes have built up a nice line of o-linemen that has a nice development system, so it’ll likely be a couple of years until we see Kump get meaningful reps.

Info per UtahUtes.com:

Served an LDS church mission before enrolling in school … first-team all-state as a senior at Herriman HS (Utah) … two-time all-region earning first-team honors in 2017 … 2017 All-Salt Lake Tribune team … 2017 first-team All-USA Utah Football team … three-star recruit by 247sports and Rivals … rated the No. 9 recruit in the state by 247sports and No. 10 by Rivals … averaged five pancake blocks a game as a senior … also played defense for Herriman and had 33 tackles with 4.0 TFL, 2.5 sacks and two passes defended in 2017 … 22 tackles (2.0 TFL, 2.0 sacks) and one fumble recovery as a junior … played as a sophomore on Herriman’s 2015 5A state championship team … also competes in track … won the shot put at the 2017 Utah State Championships and the discus state title in 2018 … also played basketball.