There was a lot of fear among Utah coaches and fans going into the 2016 winter/summer because they were losing three very important names to the Utah defense.
This is the big one that the coaches were needing/wanting. The four-star rated linebacker from Arizona Western should be a plug and play addition to the line up. He was an Ole Miss commit for a long time, but as our friend Dan Sorenson told us on our podcast, it was unlikely that he was going to end up there. He had offers from virtually the entire Pac-12, as well as Nebraska and of course Ole Miss. He's the prototypical size of 6' 4" and 225 pounds. He has a nice motor, and isn't scared to hit people, which is what you want to see in a linebacker.
Thompson is my sleeper of the class, as I previously wrote, because the kid just jumps off the film when you watch him. He's so similar to Gionni Paul in so many ways, including size, that it appears the Miami product could have an opportunity to get some playing time this year. He has the same knack to get to the ball as Paul, so he's always around
Hamilton is one of the most versatile recruits in the 2016 class. He played both wide receiver and linebacker in high school. It sounds like he will get a shot at wide receiver the fall, but many signs point to him ending up at linebacker. Hamilton is still a little light
There are a lot of names in this class that will need to fill in for the likes of Norris, Whittingham, and especially Paul. But the coaching staff went out and got a bunch of really good talent