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Utah Utes Pull Dynamic TE Out of Southern California

Kyle Whittingham

Kyle Whittingham

On Monday Utah continued its streak of stealing top talent out from under the noses of their Pac-12 competitors, landing three-down tight end Cole Fotheringham.

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Fotheringham was a playmaking tight end for San Clemente High School in southern California throughout the 2014 season. He pulled down 55 passes for 650 yards and nine touchdowns, helping lead the Tritons to a 12-2 record.

Along the way to a great season Fotheringham caught the attention of college coaches, earning scholarship offers from Boise State, BYU, Nevada, Utah State and also was garnering interest from Arizona, USC, Nebraska and Washington.

The Class of 2016 talent is a true weapon in the passing game with enough speed to beat linebackers and big enough to overpower safeties. He works well going across the middle and knows how to find holes in the zone. Expect the Utes to line him up in the slot where he can be a receiving threat and also provide extra beef on the outside to open up running lanes for tailbacks on sweeps or fellow wide receivers on screen passes.

Of the 10 verbal commitments Utah has gained eight are from the state of California. As the Utes' 2016 class currently stands, recruits like Kahi Neves, Davir Hamilton, Tucker Scott, and Fotheringham will be considered steals despite their 3-star rankings by various recruiting sites.

Utah Utes 2016 Verbal Commitment List

DB Micah Croom, 6-2, 190 lbs, La Mirada HS, La Mirada, California

DT David Fangupo, 6-1, 290 lbs, Cerritos C.C., Norwalk, California

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TE Cole Fotheringham, 6-5, 225 lbs, San Clemente HS, San Clemente, California

ATH Davir Hamilton, 6-3, 200 lbs, Verbum Dei HS, Los Angeles, California

RB Thomas McDonald, Grossmont C.C., El Cajon, California

QB Kahi Neves, 6-3, 235 lbs, Brighton HS, Salt Lake City, Utah

OG Tucker Scott, 6-5, 265 lbs, San Clemente HS, San Clemente, California

LB Kurtis Taufa, 6-2, 230 lbs, Snow College, Ephraim, Utah

ATH Daevon Vigilant, 5-7, 180 lbs, Downey HS, Downey, California

K/P Mitch Wishnowsky, 6-4, 220 lbs, Santa Barbara C.C., Santa Barbara, California

— Written by Ryan Wright, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and an established media professional with more than two decades' worth of experience. Over the years, Wright has written for numerous sites and publications and he recently started his own recruiting site, Follow him on Twitter @HogManinLA.