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National signing day: Who's on the radar for the top Utah schools?

By Brayden Ramsay, KSL.com | Posted - Feb. 4, 2020 at 1:52 p.m.



SALT LAKE CITY — National Signing Day is Wednesday and teams from the state of Utah are looking to land as many of their top prospects as possible. Some high school players have already signed their letters of intent, and more will put pen to paper Wednesday to finish the 2020 recruiting class.

Here's a look at where things are for each school:

Utah Utes

The University of Utah currently has the No. 28 recruiting class in the nation, according to 247 Sports. They sit in fifth place in the Pac-12 and have already signed four four-star recruits and landed five of the top six in-state recruits.

Top recruits who have signed a letter of intent: Clark Phillips III, Van Fillinger, Xavier Carlton, Nate Ritchie

Top recruits yet to sign: John Gentry, Keanu Tanuvasa, Faybian Marks, Jeremy Mercier

Utah will be looking closely to sign linebackers and defensive backs on National Signing Day. The Utes will lose crucial players in these positions with guys like Francis Bernard, Jaylon Johnson, Julian Blackmon, Javelin Guidry and Terrell Burgess gone. Utah also loses a lot on the defensive line, but with players like Maxs Tupai and Mika Tafua coming back, this position group is less of a concern.

BYU Cougars

BYU is currently sitting as the No. 85 recruiting class in the nation, according to 247 Sports, alongside being No. 2 as an Independent football team behind Notre Dame. BYU has 13 three-star players that have already signed their letters of intent.

Top recruits who have signed a letter of intent: Kody Epps, Sol-Jay Maiava, Isaiah Tupou, Bruce Garrett

Top recruits yet to sign: Ace Kaufusi, Jake Griffin, Logan Pili, Preston Rex

BYU will be on the hunt for linebackers and defensive backs. The losses of Zayne Anderson, Austin Lee and Dayan Ghanwoloku will be major for Kalani Sitake’s defense. Matt Bushman and Khyiris Tonga made their decision to return to BYU next season which gives strength to the tight end and defensive line positions.

Utah State Aggies

Utah State is the lowest on the list for the top three teams in the state at No. 123, according to 247 Sports; the Aggies also currently sit at No. 10 in the Mountain West Conference. Utah State will look to move up in the college football signing class rankings this week as seven are currently committed to head to Logan.

Top recruits who have signed a letter of intent: Xavion Steele, Elelyon Noa, Poukesi Vakauta, Luke Marion

Top recruits yet to sign: Justin McGriff, Broc Lane, Jakob Robinson, Otto Tia

Utah State will focus on getting wide receivers and defensive players on Wednesday to restock for the next four years. The Aggies were an incredibly young team last season, so many of their players will be returning. Adding more talent to that wide receiving corps could cause some great matchups and opportunities for the Aggies.

Brayden Ramsay

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