How will recent success help Utah recruitment?
Utah's success in 2015 has been legitimate, and if it continues, it may have a lasting impact on the program's recruiting prowess.
According to ESPN.com, the Utes have only landed the top in-state recruit twice since 2006. Both players transferred away from the program. Even in 2008, when Utah was undefeated, the top recruits in the state went to USC and UCLA, respectively. This season, the two top recruits play for USC and other top recruits play for Ohio State, UCLA and Wisconsin.
But will Utah's recent success help the Utes bring in some of the local talent?
“There’s been some huge success for Utah and for a hometown kid, the pull of staying home and playing in a program that has huge upside is obviously always there,” said receiver Semi Fehoko, a Stanford commit. “Although I am still committed, it’s hard to rule out Utah just yet.”
Perhaps the most exciting freshman for the Utes so far, Britain Covey, is originally from Utah.
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