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Utah Football Adds 20 During Early Signing Day

Dec 15, 2021

SALT LAKE CITY – University of Utah Football head coach Kyle Whittingham announced the addition of 20 players to the 2022 roster during early signing day, giving the mantra "Next Man Up" an added layer of excitement with the addition of the new Utes.

National Letters of Intent started rolling in before the clock struck 7 a.m. in Salt Lake City with the Utes' 2022 class with 247Sports ranking Utah's group the fourth-best in the Pac-12 this season.

The Utes' signing class comprises of 10 athletes on offense (QB, 2; WR, 3; TE, 2; OL, 2; RB, 1), nine on defense (DL, 4; DB, 3; LB, 2) and one player designated as an athlete. Utah's class also includes two four-star recruits (Lander Barton, LB; Nate Johnson, QB) and 16 three-star recruits out of the 18 true freshmen that signed with the Utes today.

Utah also brought in two Division I transfers today, adding size and strength to an already elite tight end room for the Utes (Logan Kendall, Idaho; Landon Morris, Syracuse).

As the names came in today during signing day, it was evident that the Utah coaching staff got to work this year, going from coast-to-coast and even over the Pacific Ocean to bring in the next group of Utes.

The 2022 Utes represent 10 different states in the country: Utah (4), California (4), Florida (3), Washington (2), Texas (2), Hawaii (1), Idaho (1), Indiana (1), Alabama (1) and Oklahoma (1).

The new signees will join a Utah squad that won its first-ever Pac-12 Championship this season after winning the Pac-12 South title for the third time in four years. The Utes are set to play in the Rose Bowl on Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022 against Ohio State with the game kicking off at 2 p.m. PT/3 p.m. MT.

2022 Utah Football Additions | Signing Day Central

Ka'eo Akana DL 6-3 217 Fr. Honolulu, Hawaii/Roosevelt HS
Lander Barton LB 6-4 221 Fr. Cottonwood Heights, Utah/Brighton HS
Elijah Davis DB 6-1  165 Fr. Winter Haven, Fla./Auburndale Senior HS
Jaylon Glover RB 5-8 211 Fr. Lakeland, Fla./Lake Gibson HS
Nate Johnson QB 6-1 195 Fr. Clovis, Calif.
Tao Johnson WR 6-1 179 Fr. Idaho Falls, Idaho/Thunder Ridge HS
Logan Kendall TE 6-3 273 Tr. Cheney, Wash./Idaho
Chase Kennedy DL 6-3 224 Fr. Dallas, Texas/The Episcopal School of Dallas
Tyler Knaak OL 6-6 316 Fr. Cottonwood Heights, Utah/Brighton HS
Jocelyn Malaska DB 6-1 172 Fr. Bethany, Okla./Bethany HS
Justin Medlock LB 6-0 213 Fr. Missouri City, Texas/Manvel HS
Landon Morris TE 6-6 210 Tr. Indianapolis, Ind./Syracuse
Keith Olson OL 6-6   295 Fr. Napavine, Wash./Napavine HS
Ryan Peppins WR 5-8 149 Fr. Birmingham, Ala./Thompson HS
Chris Reed WR 6-1 188 Fr. Orlando, Fla./Wekiva HS
Brandon Rose QB 6-3 210 Fr. Temecula, Calif./Murrieta Valley HS
Carson Tabaracci ATH 6-2 219 Fr. Park City, Utah/Park City HS
Keanu Tanuvasa DL 6-3 268 Fr. Mission Viejo, Calif./Mission Viejo HS
Dallas Vakalahi DL 6-2 307 Fr. West Valley, Utah/West HS
Sione Vaki DB 6-0 207 Fr. Antioch, Calif./Liberty HS