The former Ducks star wideout was dismissed from the program July 14 by new Oregon coach Willie Taggart after Carrington was charged with a DUI. Carrington, the former All-Pac-12 selection who was Oregon's leading receiver a year ago, will be eligible to play immediately with the Utes.
At Thursday's Pac-12 Media Days in Hollywood, Calif., Utah coach Kyle Whittingham spoke about the addition of Carrington, who no doubt upgrades the Utes offense in new offensive coordinator Troy Taylor's aerial attack.
"It's always a tough decision when you talk about a player that you're going to add to your program potentially that has a checkered past," Whittingham said. "You've got to make a decision based on all the information you can gather, based on the athletes' attitude."
Whittingham went on to say adding Carrington was "a judgement call."
"I feel, in this case, that it was the right thing to do to give Darren another opportunity," he said.
Whittingham spoke Thursday about several logistical hurdles that needed to be worked out before Carrington could be cleared to join the school and team. Carrington was green lighted by Friday morning to put the pads on and partake in the first day of camp.
"He'll be the first to admit that he's done some dumb things, made some bad decisions," Whittingham said, "but he's got the right attitude right now. But he's bound and determined to put this behind him, move forward, try to have a successful senior year and hopefully have a chance to move on to the next level."
Carrington had 1,919 receiving yards and 112 receptions during his career at Oregon.