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Utes adding another linebacker with a JUCO transfer for the 2019 class

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After years of what seemed like having to really build up the linebacking corps for the Utah football team, now they are pulling in linebackers left and right, and that continued today as the Utes pulled in another JUCO guy. reported, and then Trennan Carlson, the recruit we’re talking about, tweeted out that he will be joining the Utes this summer to participate in summer work outs and will be a late addition to the 2019 class. Carlson comes from Ventura College, and the 6 for 3 inch, 235 pound backer had some nice offers. He was getting recruited by Oklahoma State and Texas Tech.

This past season he pulled in 64 tackles, 6.5 sacks, a fumble recover and a pick, while also blocking some punts. He screams Utah-man if he’s going to mix it up on special teams. The good thing about Carlson is he has 2 years to play 2, so he is not only depth this season, but will have a chance to win a starting roll going into 2020. It is getting to be a loaded linebacker room with all the additions of late, including Manny Bowen and Mique Juarez. The presumed starters this season are Bowen and Francis Bernard, so Carlson will have to fight for any reps this season, and should hopefully be able to learn behind those guys to take over next.

This transfer situation is something else, and it’s going to be interesting to watch in years to come, because now it just feels like free agency, and I have very mixed feelings on that. Regardless, it’s great to welcome Carlson to the Utah family.