I’m not much of a National Letter of Intent Signing Day guy. As everyone knows it’s a very inexact science and difficult to project whether some 18 year old high school kid is going to become the next Heisman winner. With all that said, it is also the lifeline of a program so coaches have to hit a lot more than they miss if they want job security. Here are some quick observations on the state of Utah schools.
BYU: According to Scout.com the Cougars were the only program in the state to acquire a four-star recruit in offensive lineman Brayden Kearsley. Otherwise, according to most reporters who follow this stuff more closely, none of the other signees were really pursued by anyone else. Of course BYU has so many more layers than most programs considering the unique aspects of the school, but with the independent schedule toughening up in the future BYU better hope they don’t miss on many of these kids.
Utah Utes: At his signing day press conference Kyle Whittingham said he wanted guys with size and speed which he feels they accomplished. However their class is considered to be in the lower half of the Pac-12. In their past life in the MWC, Whittingham had the ability to recruit athletes with speed and coach them up. But that was MWC speed which is much different than what you need to compete in the Pac-12. Now if he accomplished that with this class the pressure is now on him and his staff to coach these kids to the next level to compete against the more talented Pac-12 programs. It’s a lot to ask but it needs to happen so Utah can be a consistent winning program which in turn will bring higher caliber recruits.
Utah State Aggies: Credit Matt Wells in holding on to most of the recruits the school was targeting before he was officially named to replace Gary Andersen. Much like BYU and Utah, time will tell whether the athletes they are bringing in can live up to the pressure of playing in a better conference. Fortunately for Wells though he has strong pieces and playmakers returning. He’ll have to hope the JC kids can step up immediately to assist at wide receiver and defensive back.