Recruits: 19, which includes 16 signees on Wednesday, two freshman recruits who are already enrolled and a mid-year junior college transfer who is expected to join them soon.
Top prospects: Quinton Pedroza was lured away from Arizona State. He could play safety or receiver. Running back was a need and Harvey Langi is a nice prospect with good size who is already enrolled. JC transfer Anthony Denham is 6-foot-6 receiver who figures to offer a big target in the red zone.
Needs met: The class included five offensive linemen, four defensive backs (not including Pedroza, who was recruited as a receiver/defensive back), three receivers, three running backs, two linebackers and two defensive linemen. With the departure of both Matt Asiata and Eddie Wide, the Utes needed running backs, so signing three met the No. 1 need: Langi, Jarrell Oliver and John White IV, a JC transfer who should be on hand for spring practices.
Analysis: A solid class for the Utes. The one area of concern: quarterback. The Utes didn't sign one. They had a commitment from Derrick Brown out of Murrieta, Calif., but he switched to Washington. There was hope that Michael Eubank could be lured away from Arizona State, but he stuck to his commitment. Starting QB Jordan Wynn will be a junior next fall and there's no experience behind him. The Utes recruited well in-state, signing nine from Utah. And signing five offensive linemen always seems like a good thing.
ESPN recruiting grade: C+