The second period of college football signing started Wednesday on what’s still called National Signing Day, even with the creation of the early signing period in 2017.
While more and more players are opting to sign in December, the three FBS programs in the state of Utah still had some work to do Wednesday to complete their 2019 classes.
Here’s a look at the prospects the Utah Utes, BYU Cougars and Utah State Aggies signed on Wednesday.
The Cougars had a light day on Wednesday, signing just four players after inking 14 in December.
BYU’s most glaring need entering this week was running back, as it lost a bunch of production from 2018. The Cougars didn’t add any player who is specifically considered a running back, although two of the four signees are pegged as “athletes” who could play at the position: Luc Andrada of Colorado and Javelle Brown of California.
Andrada in particular is a speedster, having had an accomplished track and field career in high school. The 5-foot-10, 175-pounder is also planning on being on BYU’s track and field team. The 6-foot-1, 180-pound Brown played running back and wide receiver in high school.
The Cougars’ other two signees on Wednesday are defensive players: junior college defensive back transfer Dimitri Gallow of Mt. San Jacinto College in Texas and defensive lineman Cade Albright, a high schooler from California.
The general thought on junior college transfers such as Gallow is that they’re more in a position to make an immediate impact than most high school players. On the other hand, Albright chose BYU over interest from a number of Power 5 programs, but is planning on serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints before beginning his playing career in Provo.
Wednesday’s four signees join the 14 signed in December headlined by quarterback Jacob Conover of Arizona, who had offers from some of the top programs in the nation. He’ll be serving a mission in Paraguay and will be leaving later this month.
BYU also announced Wednesday that 18 members of the program have returned from missions and have rejoined the program. Some, such as former four-star recruit Chaz Ah You and kicker Jake Oldroyd, played for the Cougars before departing.
The Utes had a small day Wednesday in terms of quantity, adding just four players who had not been committed in December (a couple signed Wednesday that were committed before the early period), but their impact should be significant.
Most notably, the last signing of the day, California four-star running back Jordan Wilmore, chose Utah after once being committed to USC and then getting late major interest from Arizona State.
Another signing is huge in stature as well as potential impact. On Tuesday night, 6-foot-7, 332-pound junior college offensive lineman Bamidele “Bam” Olaseni committed, and he signed Wednesday. Olaseni hails from London, England. In all, the Utes signed three offensive linemen who are listed at 6-foot-7.
Oklahoma defensive back JaTravis McCloud and Texas defensive back Drew Rawls were the two others to sign Wednesday who had not been committed in December.
In all, 18 players signed with Utah for the 2019 class.
The early signing period was hectic for new/old Aggies head coach Gary Andersen, as he had just a few weeks after getting hired to secure players.
With about six more weeks of recruiting, Andersen signed 16 prospects on Wednesday after adding 14 in December for a massive class.
Three of the more notable players who signed Wednesday are local products, Orem offensive lineman Hunter Hill of Orem High School, his prep teammate and quarterback Cooper Legas and running back Jaylen Warren of Snow College by way of East High School.
Hill was committed to Washington State but didn’t sign in December. He then set his sights on Utah State before receiving a late offer from the USC Trojans, but he decided to stay close to home. Legas had an outstanding prep career as the signal caller for a high-powered offense.56 comments on this story
Warren had one of the best prep careers in state history carrying the ball behind an incredible offensive line, and some wondered if, at just 5-foot-8, he’d have success at the collegiate level. He answered that in a big way at Snow, once again putting up huge numbers, and now he’ll get a shot to prove himself at the Division I level.
He is one of four Aggie signees to come from the junior college ranks, with defensive backs Cash Gilliam and Troy Lefeged Jr., as well as tight end Mosese Manu being the others.
Three others, Utah high schoolers Sonny Makasini Jr. (OL, Timpview), Sione Moa (LB, Weber) and Bronson Olevao (DB, Highland) are planning on serving missions.
Utah State also will add three transfers from Utah and BYU. Siaosi Mariner and Caleb Repp come from the Utes, while Riley Burt comes from the Cougars.