With National Signing Day over, it’s time to look at which players may be able to make an immediate impact for their respective schools. The Utah Utes had an under-the-radar signing day, but emerged with a solid 2018 class.
Hoping to improve upon a season that saw them as the only Pac-12 team to win its bowl game, coach Kyle Whittingham landed a class that ranks No. 32 overall in the nation and No. 5 in the Pac-12. Not bad for a team that is often on the outside looking in when it comes to landing blue-chip talent.
There are several new Utes who have a chance to be productive in 2018. Let’s take a look at the Utah players who could make an immediate impact.
QB Jack Tuttle, Mission Hills (San Marcos, Calif.)
Jack Tuttle, a 4-star talent out of California, is the nation’s No. 8 ranked pro-style quarterback in the class. He has good size, 6-foot-4, 195 pounds, and by all accounts a big arm. Utah’s current starter, Tyler Huntley, is more of a dual-threat option, and while he showed a lot of promise at times last season, he was also hit with bouts of inaccuracy and prone to turnovers. Huntley is entrenched as the starter, but Whittingham will have no problem turning the offense over to Tuttle should Huntely’s struggles continue. His ability to make more throws could open up the playbook for the typically conservative Utes offense.
WR Solomon Enis, North Canyon (Phoenix)
Solomon Enis, the son of former Penn State star Curtis Enis, could become an instant playmaker for Utah. With the graduation of Darren Carrington and the transfer of Raelon Singleton, Utah is bringing back less than 50 percent of its production from wideouts a year ago. Enis is the second-best prospect in the state of Arizona and the 40th-ranked wide receiver nationally, according to 247Sports. At 6-4, 190 pounds, he has great size for a wideout and is adept at high-pointing balls in traffic. He also has the speed necessary to take the top off of the defense.
OG Hunter Lotulelei, Highland (Salt Lake City, Utah)
Another Lotulelei makes his way to the Utes. The younger brother of Lowell and cousin of Carolina Panthers nose tackle Star, Hunter is 6-2, 313 pounds. With the graduation of starting left guard Salesi Uhatafe, a spot is open on the offensive line and Hunter no doubt has the pedigree and talent to compete right away. He was the 20th-ranked guard in the nation per 247Sports and the No. 417 overall prospect.
CB Vonte Davis, Blinn CC (Brenham, Texas)
A two-sport star at Terry High School in Texas, Vonte Davis is a tremendous athlete who won the bronze medal in the Texas 5A state championship in the triple jump. On the field, he has good size and is a willing tackler on the edge. The Utes have two capable starting cornerbacks in Casey Hughes and Julian Blackmon, but it will be hard to keep Davis out of the competition for a rotation spot in the secondary. He was the nation’s No. 7 rated JUCO cornerback according to 247Sports.