Thursday, May 9, 2013
Utah's top recruiting targets
By Brent Sobleski
College football coaches usually discuss the need to build a proverbial fence around their state. Local talent is always a top recruiting priority for any program. Utah does done a very good job doing as such in recent years, and its top two remaining targets are both in-state products.
"(Tight end Dalton) Schultz, who has also been offered scholarships by national football powers such as Florida, Oklahoma and Stanford, is currently among the top recruiting priorities for Whittingham’s staff," Danial Sorensen of the Desert News wrote. "However, it remains to be seen whether the Utah coaches will succeed in convincing him that staying close to home carries more benefits than pursuing out-of-state opportunities.
"Also, East running back Ula Tolutau is another local player coveted by the Utes. Tolutau is a bruising back who carried the East offense as a junior. As a senior, he could prove to be the focus of the most high-profile in-state recruiting battle. Both Utah and BYU are actively pursuing the talented back."
Utah did miss out one one of the state's top targets when Bryan Mone (Salt Lake City/Highland) verbally committed to Michigan. The Utes final in-state offer -- at least for the moment -- is safety S.J. Fehoko (Salt Lake City/Cottonwood). Utah is positioned well to land Fehoko as the only FBS program to offer the undersized safety.