Utah adds to 2022 class with JUCO wideout commitment
Utah has beaten out Arizona State for a 2022 junior college wideout.
Luca Caldarella, a 6-foot-4 wideout from Cerritos College in California, announced on social media Thursday evening that he has committed to the Utes. He spent one season at Cerritos and will have four years to play three for Utah.
Proud to say that I will be continuing my football career at the University of Utah‼️ #GoUtes #committed @_CoachBump @UteReef33 @UtahCoachWhitt pic.twitter.com/NFiFjoWYx5
— Luca Caldarella (@caldarella_luca) June 17, 2022
It feels fair to say the 6-foot-4, 210-pound pass-catcher saw his initial recruitment derailed by COVID. His senior season in California was canceled, and though he fared well out on the camp circuit, he went unsigned in the 2021 class and landed at the junior college level.
As a high school junior, he was productive, catching 37 balls for 537 yards and six touchdowns. On the trail, he showcased nice burst off the line of scrimmage as well as in and out of his breaks. He’s a long wideout with strong hands, high-pointing the ball and using his size well.
With the Falcons as a freshman, he was once again productive. During the 2021-22 campaign, he logged 35 receptions for 482 yards and seven scores.
Utah needs to replace a true leader at wideout in Britain Covey, but there is some talent for wideout coach Chad Bumphis to work with. Devaughn Vele projects as WR1 after a strong spring, and the Utes could see Solomon Enis, Jaylen Dixon, Makai Cope, and Money Parks all filling roles. The 2022 class also brings in fellow JUCO commit Tiquan Gilmore as well as freshmen signees Tao Johnson, Sidney Mbanasor, and Chris Reed.
You can view Caldarella’s highlight tape below, via Hudl: