TE Handley continues Utah's run


The Utah Utes continued the roll they have been on with the 2013 recruiting class on Monday, as they secured a commitment from tight end Harrison Handley (Sandy, Utah/Alta).

Handley visited the campus this past Friday and said that was all he needed to make his decision.

“I felt like it was the right thing to do,” he said. “I loved the coaches and felt like it is where I need to go.”

Handley said he spent plenty of time with coaches Jay Hill and Ilaisa Tuiaki touring the campus, which turned out to be the tipping point for Handley’s recruitment. He said the personal relationships he has built with the Utah staff helped make it an easy decision, although it wasn’t one he felt he would initially make this early.

“At first I thought I’d wait until signing day, but as time went on, I changed my mind,” Handley said. “I said if I find something I like, it doesn’t matter when, I’m going to commit. And I just loved it up there.”

The 6-foot-5, 200-pound tight end chose Utah over offers from BYU and Utah State and is Utah's sixth commitment since the middle of July.

“I didn’t know about that until after I committed,” Handley said. “But the coaches are excited and I’m pumped too. That’s awesome.”

Handley said he will be utilized both as an inline tight end as well as a slot receiver -- able to engage in down blocking or split out and run routes. He added that he is excited to get to campus to learn more about his role and the offense. And though his timeline moved up drastically from his initial thoughts, he fully expects to follow through with this commitment.

“I’m firm with Utah,” Handley said. “It’s the place I need to be, and that’s where I’m going to go.”