Slew of 2022 Utah recruits receive ratings bumps as Signing Day nears, three bumped to 4-star status
As National Signing Day draws closer, 247Sports updated player rankings throughout the Class of 2022 this week.
In some instances, players made huge jumps up the 247 prospect rankings. In others, guys went from 3-star recruits to 4-star, and from 4-star to 5-star. Utah saw its 2022 class benefit greatly from those new evaluations. Three future Utes were bumped up to 4-star status in the eyes of 247’s talent evaluators, and linebacker Lander Barton jumped nearly 100 spots in the Top247 rankings.
247Sports has done some ratings updates and a few Utes signees have received a bump:
Lander Barton is rated a 97 — and nearly a 5-star athlete
Jaylon Glover was bumped up to a 4-star
Kaeo Akana was bumped up to a 4-star
Tao Johnson was bumped up to a 4-star
— Josh Furlong (@JFurKSL) January 26, 2022
Barton’s rating was bumped from a 93 to a 97, moving him up from the 137th overall player in his class to 40th. In the process, he officially becomes the highest-ranked commit in program history, per 247’s Steve Bartle.
With the rating increase from 247Sports, Barton’s industry-generated Composite Rating bumped him into the top-100. He checks in now as the 95th overall player and the seventh overall linebacker prospect, per the Composite. Since Dec. 15, Barton has seen his Composite ranking climb from 203rd to 95th.
Lakeland, Florida, running back signee Jaylon Glover saw his Composite rating climb from 0.8754 on Dec. 15 to 0.8935, bumping him up more than a dozen spots in the running back rankings—now the 33rd overall tailback—and into 4-star territory.
Honolulu linebacker signee Kaeo Akana saw his 247 rating climb from 89 to 90, earning him 4-star status in the eyes of 247 evaluators. It also bumped his Composite score up a nudge. He’s now the 46th-ranked linebacker prospect in the 2022 class.
And, finally, Idaho athlete Tao Johnson received a similar 247 rating bump to earn him 4-star status as well. Since Dec. 13, Johnson has seen his rating climb from 84 to 90. In the eyes of 247, he’s the 23rd-best athlete in the 2022 class.
With a week to go, Utah has the 31st-ranked class in the country, factoring in both high school recruits and transfers. That’s good for fifth in the conference.