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It isn't even 10 a.m. and the Utes are almost done with their recruiting class. The running back group already looks solid, with Troy McCormick, a 5-9, 159-pound back out of Houston, Texas and Devontae Booker, a 5-11, 199-pound back out of Sacramento, Calif. among the signees. Also signing is De'Vian Young, a 5-9, 171-pound freshman out of Houston, Texas. Speaking of Texas, the Utes have made the state a priority area in recent seasons. It seems to be paying off, at least in numbers, with seven players from Texas signing so far. In a change from past signing rules, players who have committed to the Utes but won't enroll during the 2013-14 aren't allowed to sign national letters of intent and the maximum number of signees permitted through the signing period (Dec. 1-May 31) is 25 this year, down from 28 a year ago, so expect the announcements that several of Utah's committed players will be heading out on missions or will walk on. 2013 SigneesAndrew Albers Costa Mesa, Calif. Orange Coast CC OL 6-7 309 Originally signed with Utah before going the JC routeMyron Aiava Westminster, Calif. Westminster H.S. DE 6-5 274 Was captain for the football and volleyball teamDevontae Booker Sacramento, Calif. American River College RB 5-11 199 Rushed for 1,472 yards and 15 TDs in 2012Hipolito Corporan Houston, Tx. Westside H.S. CB 6-1 172 Touchdown Club Defensive Player of the Year finalistHarrison Handley Sandy, Utah Alta H.S. TE 6-5 217 Local product chose Utes over BYU and Utah StateDominique Hatfield Los Angeles, Calif., Crenshaw H.S. WR/CB 5-10 152 Had eight INTs his senior year, also played WRSese Ianu Huntingon Beach, Calif. Golden West College DT 6-2 296 Team captain has two years to play two Andre Lewis Fairfield, Calif. Diablo Valley College WR 6-3 200 Mid-year transfer has three years to play twoConner Manning Lake Forest, Calif., El Toro H.S. QB 6-1 200 Pro-style QB threw for 9,449 career passing yardsUaea Masina Salt Lake City, Utah Brighton H.S. LB 6-4 210 Four-year letterman also played basketball, trackTroy McCormick Houston, Texas, Mayde Creek RB 5-9 159 Rushed for 217 times for 1,768 yards as a seniorDavion Orphey Compton, Calif. Santa Ana C.C. CB 6-0 187 Physical player has already enrolled at UtahGreg Reese Camden, N.J. Arizona Western C.C. TE 6-5 236 Did not play last year, has three years to play twoSam Tevi Euless, Texas Trinity H.S. DE 6-5 288 Athletic player who played track, basketball and volleyballMicah Thomas Houston, Texas North Shore H.S. 6-0 178 Overall strong athlete could play QB or defenseSalesi Uhatafe Euless, Texas OT 6-4 319 Didn't give up a sack as a senior, had 117 knockdownsKeio Vaenuku Euless, Texas DE 6-5 278 Had 72 tackles, 7 sacks and 13 tackles for loss as seniorMarcus Williams Las Vegas, Nev. Durango H.S. RB 5-11 212 Posted a 4.43 in the 40 at the Nike Football Combine Dre'Vian Young Houston, Texas Nimitz H.S. RB 5-9 171 Also excels in track, rushed for 1,140 yards in 2012