October 9, 2007

Mid-season recruiting outlook: Offense

The season is half finished, and despite only having nine players committed for the class of 2008, the Utes are well over halfway finished with recruiting for the year. The combination of incoming recruits, grayshirts, walk-ons earning scholarships and returning missionaries make the Utah recruiting class of 2008 the most unique in Kyle Whittingham's coaching career. Today we will break down the offensive recruits, examine Utah's needs and take a look at who the Utes are still targeting.

Offensive Line
Needs: Four
Commits: Derek Tuimauga, Sam Brenner, Zach Davila
Transfers/Grayshirts/Missionaries: Tony Bergstrom, Jordan Nelson
Targets: Benji Kemoeatu

With incoming freshmen, returned missionaries, and a walkon that was awarded a scholarship in fall camp (Jordan Nelson), Utah already has five initials for this class. The Utes have picked up three solid freshman offensive linemen for this class, including three star tackle Tuimauga, the top offensive line prospect in the state of Utah. In addition to Tuimauga, Brenner is an All-CIF caliber performer and Davila has great size and quickness. Tony Bergstrom has returned from his two year LDS mission, and will join the Utes beginning this spring. He will be counted as an initial for the class of 2008. The addition of Hawaii recruit Benji Kemoeatu would make Utah's offensive line class one of the top in the nation.

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