The Utes are hoping some early contributions from a few fresh faces will result in more success on the field this fall
Utah has all the right ingredients to cook up a special season in 2018. The Utes return several major contributors across the board from a season ago. Experience, quality depth, talent and athleticism are not a question mark, but an exclamation point at nearly every position.
There will also be several new faces in the mix with Utah hauling in another strong recruiting class. The Utes were ranked 34th overall by 247Sports, while Rivals ranked the class 38th nationally and ESPN 45th.
Utah landed some potential stars in the 2018 class that fans will likely get a chance to see in action right away. The Utes also will introduce some redshirt freshmen and returning LDS missionaries who could demand immediate playing time with their skill set.
Here's a closer look at five Utah newcomers who could make a major impact for the Utes in 2018:
Solomon Enis, WR
Landing a talented receiver like Enis will help Utah fill the void left by the departure of the team's top two receivers from a season ago. Both Rivals and 247Sports rated Enis as the No. 2 recruit in Arizona. The four-star recruit is an electric playmaker with experience as a running back and receiver. Enis totaled 3,245 all-purpose yards over his final two seasons at Phoenix's North Canyon High School and will bring plenty of speed to the outside. Enis, the son of former Penn State All-American RB Curtis Enis, is expected to be in the mix for a starting job from day one.
Bronson Boyd, WR
Boyd will have a chance to finally make his mark after redshirting last season. He originally signed with Texas Tech as part of that team's 2017 recruiting class and enrolled early before being dismissed from school that January for a violation of team rules. Boyd joined Utah, who originally recruited him out of high school, a short time later. He was a four-star prospect at The Oakridge School out of Arlington, Texas. Boyd had 61 receptions for 1,137 yards and eight touchdowns as a junior, but did not play as a senior because of a shoulder injury. Boyd has enough speed to give the Utes another legitimate field-stretching option.
Jack Tuttle, QB
Tuttle already carries the label of Utah's quarterback of the future based on his skill set and upside. Rivals rated the four-star recruit as the fourth-best pro-style quarterback in the nation and 247Sports ranked him fifth in that category. Tuttle signed with the Utes in December and enrolled in school in January to get a head start ahead of spring football. Over his previous three seasons at Mission Hills (San Marcos, Calif.) High School, Tuttle totaled 7,179 passing yards and threw for 69 touchdowns. He threw just four interceptions as a senior, while tossing 41 touchdown passes and completing 69 percent of his attempts. Tuttle could give returning starter Tyler Huntley some serious competition in the spring and in fall camp.
Bryant Pirtle, LB
With Utah graduating its top two linebackers from a season ago, the door is open for Pirtle to step in and fill an immediate void. The Louisville, Kentucky, product signed with Utah in December out of Pima (Arizona) Community College, where he totaled 101 tackles and eight sacks over two seasons. He is a pass-rushing specialist who promises to help the Utes generate more pressure on opposing quarterbacks than their defense was able to do at times last season.
Vonte Davis, CB
Utah always seems to find gems in the junior college ranks and Davis may fit that description for the upcoming season. He is a former track star who has the size and speed to be an excellent tackler on the edge. Davis will be in the rotation at cornerback right away with his disruptive playmaking abilities. He was the No. 7 cornerback in the JUCO ranks, per 247Sports. In his only season at Blinn (Texas) College, Davis totaled 48 tackles, two interceptions, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.
— Written by John Coon, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Coon has more than a decade of experience covering sports for different publications and outlets, including The Associated Press, Salt Lake Tribune, ESPN, Deseret News, MaxPreps, Yahoo! Sports and many others. Follow him on Twitter @johncoonsports.