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There's only a few more spots left on the Utah State football team, and two more weekends of recruits visiting before Signing Day.
This weekend, the Aggies are hosting many of their long-time commits, but there's a few big fish left to wrangle.
Chief among them is Chongo Kondolo, a big-time junior college lineman from Fresno City Community College who sports some impressive offers. The 6-foot-4, 290-pound tackle has his pick of Florida State, Nebraska, Tennessee, BYU and more than a dozen other programs. Utah State is hoping an official visit this weekend will help bring him to Logan this fall. Check out his highlight film on Hudl.
Locally, the Aggies have another guy who they hope they can convince to be a part of the program. Pita Taumoepenu, a defensive lineman from Timpview who was Utah's sack leader in the state last season with 25, is getting a lot of in-state attention and has an offer from Hawaii. He's been under the radar because he only started playing football as a junior after moving from Tonga, but he played a huge role on the Thunderbirds' title team this season.
Other than those two, every other prospect is an in-state commit. Linemen Cody Boyer, Tyshon Mosley, Jacoby Wildman and John Fakahafua; linebacker Braden Harris; defensive back Zach Swenson and receiver Hayden Weichers are all coming to town.
It should be a good weekend for visiting recruits. Utah State is doing its football celebration on Saturday with football players signing autographs and trophies on display. That will be followed by the basketball team's game against Louisiana Tech, which the school is hoping to make a full house.
More on the committed prospects visiting the Aggies this weekend, since we've basically run down the uncommitted offerees:
OL Cody Boyer, Pine View • A long-time starter for the Panthers who helped guide the team to the 3A playoffs this year. Boyer is 6-foot-6 and about 265 pounds, and he helped featured back Prentiss Miller run for 2,150 yards.
LB Braden Harris, Gunnison Valley • A small-town star who is Gunnison's first-ever Division I scholarship football player out of high school. He's 6-foot-3 and about 225 pounds, and he had 85 tackles and six sacks for the Bulldogs last season. He also ran 738 yards as a back.
DL Jacoby Wildman, Logan • A starter for the Grizzlies for the past two years who helped deliver a Class 4A title in 2011. At 6-foot-2 and 270 pounds, Wildman made 60 tackles and 6.5 sacks for Logan this past season.
DL John Fakahafua, East • One of the top athletes on East's top-notch football team this past season. At 6-foot-1 and 210 pounds, he mostly played wideout for the Leopards catching 24 passes for 450 yards. Utah State plans to bulk him up as a defensive end.
OL Tyshon Mosley, Jordan • A stalwart on Jordan's title team, helping the Beetdiggers dominate in-state competition this last year. At 6-foot-5 and 305 pounds, Mosley was a key blocker as Jordan's offense rushed for 3,600 yards on the ground.
DB Zach Swenson, East • A captain in East's secondary last year, and a starter on the successful 2011 and 2012 teams. Swenson had 40 tackles last season as a 6-foot-1, 185-pound corner.
WR Hayden Weichers, Bingham • The top receiving threat for Bingham as the Miners went to the Class 5A semifinals last year. He was originally a BYU commit, but switched last month to the Aggies. At 6-foot, 170 pounds, he caught 38 passes for 788 yards and nine touchdowns. He also had 38 tackles and two picks as a defensive back.
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