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RE: "I grew up a Utah fan so that was a big reason I committed. I'm 100% committed to Utah."<<<< This statement is why things are a changing in the ol' valley here in terms of recruiting....

Posted By: docUte
Date: Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 04:13 pm

Good post. I would mostly agree with what you said. The tradition of 1984 doesn't mean much to kids now. We have the Pac-12, a great coach and a good team. That has and will continue to pay dividends when it comes to recruiting Utah. However, I do think we are still fighting tradition when it comes to TDS -- mostly cultural tradition. It is so accepted that someone will go to BYU that there are still many kids we don't even have a shot at getting. Fortunately, this is getting less and less, but it's certainly still there. The other tradition we fight is family tradition. We've been making some great inroads here in football(see Chase Hansen, Tauni Vakapuna, I've heard rumors we have an Unga on our team as well). In football, it seems like we've gotten lots of family members of BYU players but it doesn't seem like they have gotten many family members of ours since Matt Marshall (Grady Marshall's brother).

Where it's really hurt us is in basketball. BYU is going to have a good portion of their roster in coming years as brothers of former players. Unfortunately for us, most of them are players. So we have no chance at the kids like Haws, Emory and Collingsworth. They are going to be stocked for years in basketball with great players who are simply family members of former players. That hurts us big time, because most of those players are the best players in the state of Utah. We should be cleaning up instate in bball (Pac-12 verus WCC? Come on), but we won't for a few years because of this. Hopefully we can get more Jordan Loveridge-types to come here.

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TheMightyAlaskanUte icon NEW: "I grew up a Utah fan so that was a big reason I committed. I'm 100% committed to Utah."<<<< This statement is why things are a changing in the ol' valley here in terms of recruiting....
TheMightyAlaskanUte - Top 25 Poster -- Thursday 29 March 2012, at 03:58 pm [ID# 1340671] [reply]
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FountainofUte icon NEW: I think you're overall theory is more right than wrong, but I don't think Barton should be "Exhibit A."
FountainofUte - -- Thursday 29 March 2012, at 04:05 pm [ID# 1340672] [reply]
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o NEW: Chase Hansen is exhibit A but even before that Kruger boys. The poly pipeline etc. (nm)
EducatedUfan - -- Thursday 29 March 2012, at 04:15 pm [ID# 1340676] [reply]
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FountainofUte icon NEW: Now we're talkin'. (nm)
FountainofUte - -- Thursday 29 March 2012, at 04:16 pm [ID# 1340677] [reply]
SportUTE icon NEW: My 9-12 "Football" years were 1985-1989, just past the MNC of BYU
SportUTE - -- Thursday 29 March 2012, at 04:58 pm [ID# 1340684] [reply]
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Tacoma Ute icon NEW: That sounds like me. I started following Ute football around 79 or 80 and started driving down to games in about 82. We've come a looong way since then! (nm)
Tacoma Ute - -- Thursday 29 March 2012, at 05:46 pm [ID# 1340691] [reply]
docUte icon NEW: RE: "I grew up a Utah fan so that was a big reason I committed. I'm 100% committed to Utah."<<<< This statement is why things are a changing in the ol' valley here in terms of recruiting....
docUte - Top 25 Poster -- Thursday 29 March 2012, at 04:13 pm [ID# 1340674] [reply]
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o NEW: I think Utah has already won the state of Utah it wasn't even close in the D1 athletes that signed NLI.
EducatedUfan - -- Thursday 29 March 2012, at 04:14 pm [ID# 1340675] [reply]
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UtahUte72 icon NEW: More proof that all things are cyclical.
UtahUte72 - Top 25 Poster -- Thursday 29 March 2012, at 05:49 pm [ID# 1340693] [reply]
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Tacoma Ute icon NEW: The only question is--does the Big 12 bail TDS out? If not they fall way behind us for the foreseeable future. (nm)
Tacoma Ute - -- Thursday 29 March 2012, at 06:29 pm [ID# 1340701] [reply]
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