National Signing Day is a big day for college football teams as they wrap up their recruiting classes. So far, Utah State football hasn’t brought in a lot of high school players, singing only two on singing day, but bringing in nine transfers in the recruiting class. The two high school players that signed with Utah State on February 3rd are Athlete Martavious Davis and WDE Tupou Maile.
Davis is a three star recruit per 247 Sports and had offers from Louisiana, Akron, Arkansas State, Central Michigan, and of course Utah State. As a senior, Davis rushed for 64 yards on 11 carries, playing in seven games, averaging 5.1 yards per carry and getting a touchdown. During his freshman season in 2017-2018, he rushed for 126 yards on eight carries and averaged 15.8 yards per carry. He only played in one game during the 2019-2020 season.
Maile is also a three star recruit per 247 Sports and had offers from Utah State and BYU. He comes out of Bingham high school in South Jordan, Utah. During his senior season, he had 50 total tackles, 17 solo, playing in 12 games and averaging 4.2 tackles per game, 0.1 sacks per game. and one sack on the season.
Overall, four recruits have signed letters of intent with Utah State and they have another hard commit in athlete Parker Buchanan. During this recruiting class Utah State has grabbed nine transfers that figure to have impacts straight away in former Oregon State running back Calvin Turner, TCU offensive guard Quazzel White, Liberty offensive tackle Maisen Knight, Miami linebacker Patrick Joyner, Arkansas State linebacker Justin Rice, Texas OLB Bryon Vaughns, Kansas cornerback Kyle Mayberry, Arkansas State receiver Brandon Bowling, and Arkansas State quarterback Logan Bonner.
This years recruiting class ranks last in the Mountain West, a step down from last years class when the Aggies were ranked 11th, and has a ranking of 135 nationally compared to 122 the year previous. Per 247 sports, the average class ranking for Utah State is .8144, a number that Blake Anderson and his new staff will need to work on if the Aggies are to improve. Something interesting to note is that the Aggies have gone after quite a few defensive players, which will likely help to improve a defensive that gave up many big plays this past season. The addition of Logan Bonner also provides depth at quarterback. Now Utah State has both Andrew Peasley and Logan Bonner and could look towards a two quarterback system to start the season, a system that Blake Anderson has used in the past. The addition of receiver Brandon Bowling could also be an important one. Bowling had 39 receptions, 507 yards receiving, and seven touchdowns. These numbers are better than what many of the 2020 Utah State receivers put up and Bowling should be a welcome addition to a receiving group that has struggled the past two seasons.
There is still a lot to figure out for Blake Anderson and his staff but adding transfers to the program seems like a good move right now as the Aggies are looking for experienced players who can make plays. Only time will tell if the transfer additions pay off and if Utah State can be better than they were last season.