Utah Completes Football Class

Published on February 07, 2018 at 04:12PM

SALT LAKE CITY—The Utah football staff received commitments from 14 recruits today on National Signing Day. Seven others signed National Letters of Intent during the early signing period (Dec. 20-Jan. 15).

“We feel we addressed our needs with the makeup of this class,” said Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham. “Two of our biggest areas of concentration were at defensive line and tight end and we believe we definitely helped ourselves at both of those positions. We were able to add some real playmakers on both sides of the ball and are anxious to begin working with this recruiting class as soon as we can. As is always the case, our assistants did a great job evaluating talent all over the country and putting together a quality group of student-athletes to join our program here at the University of Utah.”

Including a returned missionary who is already enrolled in school, Utah’s 2018 class has 18 freshmen and four junior college transfers. The positions gaining the most players were the defensive line with six and the secondary with four, followed by wide receiver and tight end with three apiece.

Utah gained recruits from nine states and Australia. Leading the way were Utah (5), California (5) and Texas (4), but the Utes also made big inroads in the South, signing two players apiece from Florida and one from Louisiana, Georgia and Kentucky. The remaining three signees came from Arizona, Nevada and Australia.

Among this year’s scholarship counters are former walk-ons Paul Toala and senior Matt Gay (awarded scholarships last fall), as well as returning missionaries Quinn Fabrizio, Cole Fotheringham and R.J. Hubert, who originally signed back in 2015 and 2016.

Already enrolled in classes and participating in offseason conditioning with the team are Fabrizio and early signees Vonte Davis, Jeremiah Jordan, Malone Mataele and Jack Tuttle.

A complete roster is found on the attached PDF, which also includes the bios pasted below.

Devin Brumfield

Running Back

5-10, 225, Fr.

HS

Covington, La.

Covington HS

Three-time 5A all-state running back was first team as a senior in 2017… 2017 District 6-5A Offensive MVP and two-time first-team all-district … 2017 USA Today All-USA Louisiana first team … two-time All-Metro Large Schools, including first-team honors as a senior … 2017 first-team All-St. Tammany Parish … Louisiana Football Magazine All-South LA team … set Covington HS records for career rushing attempts, yards and touchdowns, rushing for more than 6,000 yards and 70 touchdowns … Greater New Orleans Amateur Athlete of the Month for October 2017 … three star recruit by Rivals and 247sports … rushed for 2,307 yards and 25 touchdowns as a senior … two-time North Shore Player of the Week in 2017 (Oct. 25, Nov. 8) … rushed for 244 yards and three scores against Mandeville to help Covington finish the regular season undefeated … 262 rushing yards and a touchdown on 35 carries against Northshore … rushed for 1,781 yards and 18 touchdowns in 2015.

Jackson Cravens

Defensive Line

6-3, 308, Fr.

HS

Provo, Utah

Timpview HS

First-team 4A all-state as a junior at Timpview HS (Utah) before missing his senior season with an injury … 2016 All-Valley 4A Defensive Player of the Year … 2016 Region 7 Defensive MVP … two-time all-region … 2016 second-team All-USA Utah Football Team … three star recruit by 247sports and Rivals … 160 tackles (24.0 TFL, 13.0 sacks) as a junior … 63 tackles (3.5 sacks) and two passes defended as a sophomore … son of Ryan and Julie Cravens … three sisters … nephew of head football coach Kyle Whittingham … cousin Su’a Cravens played football at USC and is in his second year in the NFL … cousin Jordan Cameron played football at USC and in the NFL … cousin Colby Cameron played football at Louisiana Tech and now plays in the X-League in Japan … cousins Jason, Tyler and Alex Whittingham all played football for Utah … cousin Mufi Hill-Hunt plays football at Michigan State.

Braeden E. Daniels Offensive Line 6-4, 284, Fr. HS Carrollton, Texas Hebron HS

Signed during early signing period … first-team all-district selection in 2016 … Hebron HS (Texas) three-star recruit by 247Sports and Rivals … Hebron won Area and Bi-District Championships in 2016 … also competed in track and field, finishing third in the area and district in the shot put in 2017.

Vonte Davis

Defensive Back

6-1, 168, So.

JC

Rosenberg, Texas/Blinn College

Signed during early signing period and enrolled in school spring semester … second-team NJCAA All-American in his only season at Blinn College … 2017 first-team All-Southwest Junior College Football Conference … 48 tackles (1.0 sack), two interceptions, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries … has four years remaining on his NCAA clock to play three … first-team all-district on both offense and defense as a senior at Terry HS (Texas) … two-time all-district on defense … Terry reached the second round of the playoffs in 2016 … two-time second-team all-district in basketball … third in the state in the triple jump and seventh in the state in the long jump as a senior after winning region and district titles in both events … 2016 honorable mention academic all-state … son of Victor Davis Sr. and Sheryl Davis … one brother … name is pronounced von-tay.

Solomon Enis

Wide Receiver

6-3, 193, Fr.

HS

Phoenix, Ariz.

North Canyon HS

Four-star recruit and the No. 2 recruit in Arizona by Rivals and 247Sports Composite … No. 47 nationally at wide receiver by Rivals … honorable mention All-USA Arizona as a senior at North Canyon HS … two-time first-team AIA 5A Northeast Valley all-region … two-time PVSchools all-district … No. 1 recruit in the state by AZCentral … 2016 AZCentral second-team all-conference … competed at The Opening Finals elite camp … on 2018 Polynesian Bowl roster … 1,670 all-purpose yards as a senior included 46 receptions for 820 yards and eight touchdowns and 46 carries for 450 yards and three touchdowns … also had three kick returns for 176 yards and three punt returns for 137 yards and two touchdowns … 2-of-4 passing for 41 yards and a touchdown … two-way player had 57 tackles, 7.0 TFL, 3.0 sacks, two interceptions for 87 yards and a touchdown, four forced fumbles and a blocked field goal as a senior … 1,575 all-purpose yards as a junior included 64 receptions for 1,144 yards and 10 touchdowns and 19 carries for 318 yards and four touchdowns … also had three kick returns for 113 yards and a touchdown … on defense as a junior had 32 tackles, two interceptions and a pass breakup … 29 catches as a sophomore for 370 yards and 12 kick returns for 374 yards and two touchdowns … attended Sandra Day O’Connor HS as a freshman … son of Curtis and Tiffanie Enis … father is a former Penn State All-America running back who spent three seasons in the NFL with the Chicago Bears (1998-2000) ... competes in track and was on the 2017 state champion 4×400 relay team … placed seventh in the state in the 200 … North Canyon HS won the 2017 state track championship … also played basketball … last name is pronounced ee-niss.

Quinn Fabrizio

Defensive Back

6-4, 206, Fr.

HS

Sandy, Utah

Alta HS

Enrolled in spring semester classes … member of Utah’s 2015 recruiting class went on a church mission before re-signing with the 2018 class … Deseret News second-team 5A all-state safety as a junior in 2013 … played in only three games as a senior due to injury … three-star recruit by Rivals.com and Scout.com … 94 tackles and an interception as a junior free safety in 2013 … Utah native lived in Georgia for 10 years … son of Deno and Melissa Fabrizio … three siblings.

Cole Fotheringham

Tight End

6-4, 235, Fr.

HS

San Clemente, Calif.

San Clemente HS

Signed with Utah in 2016 before leaving on an LDS church mission … selected to the 2015 All-USA California Football Team … rated as a three-star prospect by Rivals.com and Scout.com … 100 career receptions for 1,244 yards and 19 touchdowns … as a senior in 2015, had 45 receptions for 600 yards and 10 touchdowns (as well as five pancake blocks) … 50 catches for 585 yards and eight touchdowns his junior season at San Clemente HS … 135 receiving yards and two touchdowns against Laguna Hills … helped San Clemente win back-to-back Sea View League championships … also saw time at quarterback, completing 34-of-56 passes (60.7%) for 428 yards and five touchdowns in his career … also won four letters in basketball and was the winningest basketball player in school history … son of Chad and Nicole Fotheringham … father played quarterback at Pacific.

David Fotu

Defensive Line

6-5, 275, Fr.

HS

Herriman, Utah

Herriman HS

First-team 2017 Deseret News 6A all-state defensive tackle … Salt Lake Tribune second-team all-state as a senior … second-team all-region in 2016 … No. 27 overall player in Utah by 247Sports … 55 tackles and 5.0 tackles for loss (4.5 sacks) as a senior at Herriman HS (Utah) … Herriman advanced to the 2017 Utah 6A semifinals … 41 tackles (5.5 TFL and 3.5 sacks) his junior season … also played tight end and had eight receptions for 77 yards and a touchdown in two seasons … played for Herriman’s 5A state championship team as a sophomore in 2015 … also competed in track and field and basketball … brother of Utah sophomore defensive tackle Leki Fotu … referred to as both David and Tevita Fotu (pronounced tah-vee-ta fo-too).

R.J. Hubert

Wide Receiver

6-0, 180, Fr.

HS

Logandale, Nev.

Moapa Valley HS

Committed to Utah in 2016 before leaving to serve an LDS church mission … 2015 Nevada Division 1A Offensive Player of the Year and 2014 1A MVP … 2015 All-Southern Region Offensive MVP … Rivals.com All-Southern Nevada Division 1A Overall Player of the Year in 2014 … two-time first-team all-state wide receiver also played running back, defensive back and returned kicks … scored 50 career touchdowns (23 receiving, 15 rushing and 12 return) … 90 career receptions for 1,747 yards (19.4 ypc) … as a senior in 2015, he had 41 receptions for 783 yards and nine TDs, and 73 rushes for 727 yards (10.0 ypc) and 15 TDs … six interceptions (1 TD) and 61 tackles in 2015, when he also returned five kickoffs for touchdowns … as a junior, he caught 49 passes for 964 yards and 14 touchdowns … also had six interceptions and 71 tackles in 2014 … ran track and had personal bests of 6’7” in the high jump,11.23 in the 100-meter dash and 14.65 in the 110-meter hurdles … son of Anne and Phillip Brown … full name is Rodney Letram Hubert Jr.

Jeremiah Jordan

Defensive Line

6-4, 233, Jr.

JC

Stone Mountain, Ga.

Mt. San Jacinto College

Signed during early signing period and enrolled in school spring semester … first-team SCFA American Division Mountain League in 2017 … played in 10 games at Mt. San Jacinto College with 45 total tackles (12 TFL, 4.5 sacks) … team captain … competed at Limestone College in 2015, playing in seven games with seven tackles (1.0 TFL) … three-star recruit on 247Sports … played two seasons at Redan HS (Georgia) … defensive team captain as a senior … previously attended Stephenson HS—a performing arts school … son of Martita and Chinoel Kendrich and James Jordan … two brothers and one sister … plays the piano and bass guitar.

Blake Kuithe

Defensive Line

6-3, 235, Fr.

HS

Katy, Texas

Cinco Ranch HS

APSE 6A all-state honorable mention as a senior at Cinco Ranch HS (Texas) … three-time all-district selection was first team as a junior … finalist for the Touchdown Club of Houston Defensive Player of the Year … 2017 VYPE All-Houston honorable mention … three star recruit by 247sports and Rivals … 184 career tackles included 19 tackles for loss and 10 sacks … 29 tackles (3.0 TFL, 2.0 sacks) through six games in an injury-plagued senior season … 94 tackles (9.0 TFL, 6.0 sacks), three passes defended, a forced fumble and a blocked punt as a junior … also had a four-yard reception for a touchdown in 2016 … 53 tackles (7.0 TFL, 1.0 sack) and one pass defended his sophomore season … eight tackles (1.0 sack) as a freshman … three-time first-team academic all-district … also competes in track and field, placing third at the 2015 state championship in the shot put as a freshman and fourth in 2016 … third in the shot put at the Texas Meet of Champions in 2016 … seventh in the discus at the 2016 Texas Meet of Champions … 10th in the shot put at the 2014 USATF Junior Olympic Track and Field Championship … twin brother of Ute signee Brant Kuithe (pronounced keeth-ee).

Brant Kuithe

Tight End

6-2, 218, Fr.

HS

Katy, Texas

Cinco Ranch HS

2017 District 19-6A MVP as a senior at Cinco Ranch HS (Texas) … three-time all-district … finalist for the Touchdown Club of Houston Offensive Player of the Year … two-time VYPE All-Houston (2016 second team, 2017 honorable mention) … three star recruit by 247sports and Rivals … rushed for 1,041 yards (second in the district) and 18 touchdowns in seven games in an injury-shortened senior season … also had seven receptions for 70 yards (1 TD) and four kickoff returns for 86 yards in 2017 … career-high 237 yards rushing against Katy Taylor HS … starting punter as a senior had 22 punts for 881 yards (40.0 yard average) with seven punts inside the 20-yard line … 2,784 all-purpose yards as a junior included 1,891 rushing, 374 receiving, 479 kick return and 39 punt return … 28 touchdowns as a junior (24 rush, 3 receive, 1 KR) … also completed 15-of-30 pass attempts for 199 yards and two touchdowns … two-time first-team academic all-district … also competed in track in the sprints (100m, 200m) and jumps (long jump, triple jump) … twin brother of Ute signee Blake Kuithe (pronounced keeth-ee).

Tareke Lewis

Defensive Back

6-0, 170, Jr.

JC

Palatka, Fla.

Riverside CC

Originally signed with Utah in 2017, but needed to first complete academic requirements … has two years of eligibility remaining … first-team All-SCFA National Division Central League cornerback as a Riverside CC freshman in 2015 … two-time Southern California Football Association National Central Division player of the week (Defensive Player of the Week in win over Bakersfield in 2016 and Special Teams/All-Purpose Player of the Week vs. Mt. San Antonio in 2015) … 16 total tackles, two interceptions and seven pass breakups as a sophomore in 2016 …. 30 tackles, three interceptions and six pass breakups his freshman season, along with a team-high 16 kick returns for 399 yards and a touchdown … prepped at Palatka HS (Fla.) where he captained his football and basketball teams … played in the Border Wars all-star game … son of Katrina Williams … two brothers and one sister … full name is Tareke (pronounced tuh-reek) Daquon Lewis.

Hunter Lotulelei

Offensive Line

6-3, 328, Fr.

HS

West Valley City, Utah

Highland HS

Plans to serve an LDS church mission before enrolling in school … first-team all-state as a senior at Highland HS (Utah) … 2017 first-team all-region … 2017 second-team All-USA Utah Football team … 2018 Polynesian Bowl … 2017 U.S. Army National Combine second-team all-combine … four-star recruit by Rivals and a three-star recruit by 247sports … rated the No. 6 player in Utah by Rivals and No. 8 by 247sports … two-year starter at Highland HS … also played rugby … cousin of former Utah players Star and Lowell Lotulelei … Star earned first-team All-America honors and was a two-time first-team All-Pac-12 defensive tackle (2010-12) and has played six years in the NFL for the Carolina Panthers … Lowell was a four-time All-Pac-12 defensive tackle and 2014 Freshman All-American (2014-17).

Paul Maile

Defensive Line

6-2, 269, Fr.

HS

Salt Lake City

East HS

Two-time first-team all-state and all-region … 2016 All-Salt Lake Tribune team … three star recruit on 247sports and Rivals … rated the 12th-best recruit in the state of Utah by 247sports … invited to play in the 2018 Polynesian Bowl … played on the offensive line and on defense as a senior at East HS (Utah) … 92 tackles (9.0 sacks, 1.0 TFL) his senior season … as a member of the offensive line, helped East set the state record for total offensive yards (7,481), rushing yards (6,797) and points scored (694) in 2016 … mother is Darlene Kaufusi and stepfather is former Ute football player Henry Kaufusi (1994-95) … name is pronounced mylay.

Andrew Mata’afa

Linebacker

6-3, 206, Fr.

HS

San Diego, Calif.

Mt. Carmel HS

Played both linebacker and tight end at Mt. Carmel HS (Calif.) … three-star recruit by Rivals and 247Sports … did not play as a senior due to injury … one sack, one interception, one fumble recovery and a blocked kick as a junior … also had 29 catches for 315 yards and three touchdowns receiving in 2016 … 2017 second-team All-CIF San Diego Section in volleyball … also played basketball … cousin of Washington State’s Hercules Mata’afa, the 2017 Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year and a consensus All-American … name is pronounced mah-tah-ah-fah.

Malone Mataele

Defensive Back

5-10, 177, Fr.

HS

Placentia, Calif.

Santa Margarita Catholic HS

Signed during early signing period and enrolled in school spring semester … 2016 Cal-Hi all-state juniors second-team multipurpose player … 2016 first-team all-Trinity League and second-team all-county … three-star recruit by Rivals and 247Sports …1,576 all-purpose yards as a senior at Santa Margarita HS (Calif.) … 21 kick returns for 626 yards and 12 punt returns for 194 yards … scored 13 total touchdowns (nine rushing, four receiving) … 38 catches for 450 yards and 49 carries for 306 yards … four tackles and two pass breakups on defense … 1,341 all-purpose yards as a junior with 711 yards on kick returns (25 returns) … 10 total touchdowns included two on kick returns … 16 punt returns for 279 yards and two scores … 45 carries for 245 yards and five touchdowns and nine catches for 106 yards and one touchdown … 31 tackles with five passes defended on defense … played at Orange Lutheran HS as a sophomore, recording 46 tackles (1.0 TFL) with two passes defended, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery … 263 all-purpose yards included 119 rushing (22 carries), 78 kick return (four returns) and 66 receiving (6 catches, 1 TD) … son of Lodley and Farren Mataele (pronounced mah-tah-elly) … two brothers and one sister … honor roll student … full name is Malone Tai Mataele.

Simi Moala

Defensive Line

6-7, 255, Fr.

HS

Hawthorne, Calif.

Cathedral HS

Originally signed out of high school with Oregon State in 2015 before leaving on an LDS church mission in Nuku’alofa, Tonga … three-star prospect by Rivals and 247Sports … 91st-ranked defensive end in the nation in 2015 by Scout … played in Kingdom Bowl USA … three-year varsity letterman at Cathedral HS (Calif.) had 117 career tackles, including 50 tackles for loss and 13 sacks … 70 tackles as a senior in 2015 … full name is Simitali Moala … name is pronounced see-me mo-ah-lah.

Terrell Perriman

Wide Receiver

5-11, 182, Fr.

HS

Miami, Fla.

Miami Central HS

Signed during early signing period … ranked third in Miami-Dade county in receiving yards in 2017 with 671 yards and seven touchdowns on 35 receptions … averaged 19.2 yards per reception as a senior … three-star prospect by 247Sports and Rivals … 158 receiving yards vs. Northwestern HS and 138 yards vs. Chaminade-Madonna … named to USA Today’s Super 25 in week three of his senior season … helped Miami Central to a 9-3 record and the regional semifinals in 2017 … Central won the Class 6A state championship in 2015 … 50 catches for 860 yards and seven touchdowns in his high school career … also competes on the track team in the sprints … nephew of former University of Miami and NFL receiver Brett Perriman.

Bryant Pirtle

Linebacker

6-2, 227, Jr.

JC

Louisville, Ky.

Pima CC

Signed during early signing period … second-team all-conference at Pima CC in 2017 when he totaled 72 tackles with six TFL (3.5 sacks) … 29 tackles and 4.5 sacks as a freshman in 2016 … ranked No. 32 in the nation among junior college weakside defensive ends by 247Sports … Courier-Journal first-team all-state as a senior at DeSales HS (Ky.) in 2014 and second-team Associated Press Kentucky all-state … listed in the Lexington Herald-Leader’s Class of the Commonwealth … Defensive MVP at the 2014 Best of the Bluegrass all-star game … junior and senior seasons combined for 148 tackles and 43 sacks (including three in the 2013 and 2014 state title games), while rushing for almost 1,000 yards and 12 TDs … prior to the 2014 state title game, compiled 77 tackles, 17.5 sacks, five fumble recoveries and 582 yards rushing with eight touchdowns … 66 tackles with 22.5 sacks as a junior in 2013 … DeSales won back-to-back Kentucky 2-A state titles in 2013-14.

Jack Tuttle

Quarterback

6-4, 200, Fr.

HS

San Marcos, Calif.

Mission Hills HS

Four-star recruit by 247sports and Rivals signed during early signing period and enrolled at Utah spring semester … No. 4 ranked pro style quarterback in the country by Rivals.com and No. 5 by 247Sports … No. 13 player in California by 247Sports … earned a place in the 2017 Elite 11 finals, as well as The Opening … San Diego Section Player of the Year as a senior at Mission Hills HS and first-team all-CIF … won the 2017 Silver Pigskin Award, presented to San Diego County’s most outstanding high school football player … San Diego Union Tribune Prep Athlete of the Month for September 2017 … Cal-Hi Sports sophomore all-state team in 2015 … completed 205-of-295 (69%) passes for 3,171 yards and 41 touchdowns with just four interceptions his senior season, while rushing 66 times for 207 yards and two touchdowns … led Mission Hills HS to a 12-1 record with the only loss in the San Diego Section Open Division championship game … passed for 295 yards and a touchdown (no interceptions) in the title game … passed for 2,146 yards and 13 touchdowns as a junior in 2016 … quarterbacked Mission Hills to an 11-1 record as a sophomore, completing 130-of-200 passes for 1,862 yards and 15 touchdowns (5 INT) … also rushed for 250 yards and three TDs in 2015 … son of Jay and Kathy Tuttle … father played football (kicker) at Indiana … mother graduated from Indiana State … sister Ally is a senior on the Tennessee dance team that took first at nationals in 2015 … member of the National Honor Society … Union Tribune all-academic team … enjoys hiking, biking, adventures, ultimate Frisbee and Raggae … full name is Jack Lawrence Tuttle … born in Indianapolis.

Thomas Yassmin

Tight End

6-5, 242, Fr.

HS

New South Wales, Australia

The Scots College

Has five years of college eligibility to play four … played rugby at The Scots College in New South Wales, Australia … named to the Australian Schools Barbarians all-star team, which played Fiji and New Zealand at the Tri Nations Series in 2017 … plays for NSW II … also played basketball and threw the shot put.