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Utah secured two new football commits over the weekend, and nabbed one of them from well inside enemy territory.
On Saturday night, several media outlets reported that Grant High lineman Orlando Umana, http://www.scout.com/player/205976-orlando-umana/recruiting?year=2016">a three-star guard, had committed during his official visit this weekend. On Sunday afternoon, Utah followed that up with a commitmenthttps://twitter.com/bbmoose61/status/808062209045598208"> from three-star Pullman High tight end Ben Moos.
That would be the son of http://www.oregonlive.com/recruiting/index.ssf/2016/03/ben_moos_son_of_former_oregon.html">Washington State athletic director Bill Moos.
It was a strong finish to a busy contact period that ends Monday. In total, Utah has added four commits in the last week alone.
Umana represents the continuation of a pipeline from a Sacramento football powerhouse: http://bit.ly/2d6DrIY">The Utes have also plucked Grant alums Devontae Booker and Darrin Paulo in recent years. With Umana as its star lineman, the Pacers offense rushed for 215 yards per game while going 8-4 this season.
At 6-foot-5 and 315 pounds, Umana is a physically towering player who will add to the pool of players looking to fill offensive line holes expected after this season. He had offers from several Pac-12 schools, including Washington and UCLA.http://www.hudl.com/video/3/5260957/5721d9f690eead5d90e2bc24"> You can view his Hudl highlights here.
Moos had told Scout this summer that his favorites were Utah and Washington State, but also said early in his recruiting that the Cougars saw him as a defensive end, which was not his preference. Utah seems set to use Moos as a tight end: According to his MaxPreps stats, he's caught passes for at least 200 receiving yards every year, http://www.maxpreps.com/athlete/ben-moos/C0x3Ohl7EeOZ5AAmVebBJg/gendersport/football-stats.htm">and had over 500 yards in both his sophomore and junior seasons.
It's an impressive swipe from a program that Moos has been around since 2010. His father hired Wazzu coach Mike Leach. But it's also not unprecedented: Brother Bo Moos played for the Sun Devils it might not be coincidence that he played for Dennis Erickson.
Moos also had offers from Arizona State and Louisville among others. http://www.hudl.com/video/3/3164331/57ddc954ed57ee1facac0e4a">You can view his Hudl highlights here.
Utah has been hitting the offense hard recently: Taken with last week's commit Michael Richardson, three out of the last four commitments have been on the offensive side of the ball.
Here's an updated list of other commits so far:
• http://bit.ly/2dwMpf3">Texas WR Jaylen Dixon
• http://bit.ly/2dJjczi">Texas WR Tyquez Hampton
• http://bit.ly/2fqQm9P">California DB Jaylon Johnson
• http://bit.ly/2gPgMlr">Riverside City College CB Tareke Lewis
• http://bit.ly/1TTt5JC">Snow College DT John Penisini
• http://bit.ly/2g2UdWv">American Fork OL Michael Richardson
• http://bit.ly/2aqwekI">Texas QB Jason Shelley
• http://bit.ly/1V3R5qi">Highland DT Hunter Lotulelei