Nov 30, 2019; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Utah Utes defensive end Bradlee Anae (6) celebrates with his teammates after their 45-15 win against the Colorado Buffaloes at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

Recruiting revisited: How Utah’s 2016 class has fared four years later

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SALT LAKE CITY — Four years ago this week, Kyle Whittingham sat at the dais inside Utah’s football facility and answered questions about how his staff managed to put together what was, at the time, thought of as likely the most stacked recruiting class in program history.

Coaches hit on nearly every need — an obvious necessity, sure, but not always the case — and believed that the 2016 crop would be able to change the direction of the program entirely.

“Ten wins will do the most good,” Whittingham said on Feb. 3, 2016, referring to Utah’s first double-digit win season as members of the Pac-12 in 2015. “You hear the term ‘winning solves everything,’ and that certainly helps your cause in recruiting. We attribute a lot of our success to the way we’re trending.”

All these seasons later, the coachspeak still holds true. How about 11 wins in 2019? Utah experienced first-hand a spark of major recruiting victories in December…

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