SALT LAKE CITY — Recruiting is the lifeblood of any collegiate program, and it’s no different for the University of Utah football program.
Below is a brief look at who has already committed to Utah, as well as some players to be on the lookout for in the coming months.
Check back often to see how the 2023 recruiting class takes shape.
Note: Although there are several recruiting services to pull from, KSL.com partners with 247Sports to identify a recruit’s ranking (namely the 247Sports Composite, which factors in other services). As such, embedded profiles for each athlete are found below, with more info found on the recruiting service’s website.
Mack Howard, QB, Oxford HS (Oxford, MS)
Mack Howard, a quarterback out of Oxford, Mississippi, committed to Utah on March 26. He will take an official visit to Utah on June 10. The three-star quarterback holds seven offers, with Utah being one of only two Power Five offers.
Mateaki Helu, ATH, Tooele HS (Tooele, UT)
Mateaki Helu re-committed to his hometown school of Utah on April 25 and plans to take an official visit on June 24. The three-star athlete was committed to Utah at one point but decommitted in April; however, he quickly committed again to Utah after he said he made a “mistake.”
Players to watch
While not all of the following athletes will be signed by Utah, many have taken an official or unofficial visit to Utah, or have at least a moderate interest in the program. This list will continue to expand and shrink as it gets closer to signing day and as the athletes release more details about their future.
Enow Etta, DL, Covenant Christian Academy (Colleyville, TX)
Viewed as a Michigan State commit, Enow Etta made an official visit to Utah on June 3, the first of four visits with Utah, Michigan State, Michigan and Stanford. Etta, who currently holds offers from 30 schools, was a last-minute addition to Utah’s official visit calendar, but Etta is currently ranked No. 116 in the nation, according to 247Sports‘ Composite rankings.
Anthony James, DL, Wylie East HS (Wylie, TX)
Anthony James made an official visit to Utah on June 3. James was originally committed to Texas A&M before opening up his recruitment on May 22. The defensive lineman holds offers from 23 schools and is ranked No. 117 in the nation, according to 247Sports‘ Composite rankings.
Jamal Anderson, LB, Mill Creek HS (Hoschton, GA)
Legacy recruit Jamal Anderson made an official visit to Utah on June 6, just three days after an official visit to Clemson, which is where he’s projected to commit. The four-star linebacker is ranked the 10th best player at his position, according to 247Sports‘ Composite rankings, with offers from 34 schools.
Liona Lefau, LB, Kahuku HS (Kahuhu, HI)
Liona Lefau is a four-star linebacker who made an official visit on June 3. Lefau currently holds offers from 25 schools and is the No. 1 rated prospect from Hawaii for the 2023 recruiting class, according to 247Sports‘ Composite rankings.
Heath Ozaeta, OT, Mount Si HS (Snoqualmie, WA)
Heath Ozaeta is the latest offensive lineman to make the trip to Salt Lake City for an official visit on June 3. Ozaeta has seemingly narrowed down his decision between three schools — Nebraska, UCLA and Utah — and is expected to announce his commitment in June, he told 247Sports. The three-star lineman holds 18 offers and is viewed as the eighth-best prospect from Washington, according to 247Sports‘ Composite rankings.
Marquise Collins, RB, College Station HS (College Station, TX)
Marquise Collins out of Texas has the Utes in in top five — among Boston College, Duke, California and TCU — and made an official visit to Utah on June 3. Collins is a three-star running back that has 31 offers, according to 247Sports.
Owen Chambliss, LB, Centennial HS (Corona, CA)
Owen Chambliss is one of many linebacker recruits Utah is targeting in the current recruiting class. The three-star recruit by 247Sports made an official visit to Utah on June 3 — the first of three scheduled official visits for Chambliss.