Utah reportedly preparing for massive recruiting weekend as USC visits
Utah is taking advantage of what figures to be a massive weekend for the program by loading up the visitor list with several major targets.
According to 247Sports’ Steve Wiltfong, the Utes are hosting three official visitors in Mission Viejo (Calif.) High receiver Mikey Matthews, Fontana (Calif.) Summit two-way lineman Tavake Tuikolovatu and Wichita (Kan.) Heights four-star running back John Randle Jr.
Utah will also have unofficial visits from two major targets on the offensive line — Gilbert (Az.) Highland’s Caleb Lomu and Provo (Utah) Timpview tackle Spencer Fano. Utah is in the final four for Fano alongside BYU, Oregon, and Michigan. Fano is a 4-star prospect and a top-150 recruit according to the 247 Composite. Lomu, also a 4-star lineman, took an official to Utah back in June.
Wiltfong also reported that 4-star Lehi (Utah) Skyridge corner Smith Snowden will be on hand as an unofficial visitor, as will 4-star tight end and Stanford commit Walker Lyons. Utah was in the hunt for Lyons, getting an official visit from him back in June.
Utah has 14 known commits in its 2023 class. It’s a group that ranks 44th nationally. A year ago, Utah signed a top-35 class headlined by a trio of 4-stars.
Two of those players already have roles with the Utes — linebacker Lander Barton and running back Jaylon Glover. That’ll play well with recruits in attendance. So, too, will the atmosphere. Utah will be wearing its special “#22Forever” hand-painted helmets for the game, it’ll be a night kick on primetime TV, and it’ll be against USC; the environment could be absolutely electric.
With so much talent on hand for an evening game against No. 7 USC, the potential is there for fireworks. It could be a showcase kind of game for the Utes, who match up well with the Trojans.
Kickoff is set for 5 p.m. PT on FOX. Utah will look to bounce back from last week’s loss to UCLA, and handing the Trojans their first defeat of the season would be quite the way to do it.