Mountain West teams typically do not wait until signing day hoping to get highly regarded recruits. Usually they are out of the running quickly and settle for players that may have fallen through the cracks in the recruiting process.
Utah is facing a different situation though. Currently four highly rated players are deciding if they want to play for the University of Utah or elsewhere. The decisions by these four guys can turn Utah's decent recruiting class into an excellent one. Here is an overview of the players Utah is hoping to get on signing day:
Heimuli is a big guy who can really move. He is a defensive tackle that is a beast on the pass rush. He is a local kid out of Brighton High School in Salt Lake City who is the highest regarded recruit in the state of Utah. Rivals ranks him the 8th best defensive tackle in the country. He would be a huge pickup for Utah and can likely make an immediate impact.
He has received offers from powerhouse schools like USC, Oklahoma and Nebraska. Today he trimmed his list to Utah, Oregon and UCLA.
Heimuli will make his decision tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. I expect him to choose Utah.
Radley is another speedster that the Utes are going after. He runs a 4.43 forty and is a very elusive back. In high school he also played linebacker, but schools are recruiting him just for his offense. Utah is recruiting him as a running back and slot receiver but may allow him to play defense. Utah may even allow him to play as a true freshman.
Radley has received offers from Michigan, Clemson, Texas Tech and North Carolina. He has narrowed his list to three which includes Utah, Texas Tech and North Carolina. Utah is the only school on his list that has mentioned him playing defense.
Radley will make his selection tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. Utah has a very good shot at landing Radley but he has expressed a lot of interest in Texas Tech. I do expect him to choose Utah though because he can play early and has a chance to play on defense.