Heading into the final weekend of the recruiting season, Utah State appears to be focusing on the defensive side of the ball.
Of the four recruits slated to visit the Aggies, three are defensive players. The only one that isn’t is Rashad Hall, a running back from Contra Costa College in San Pablo, Calif.
Here’s a quick rundown of each player:
• The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Hall rushed for 1,402 yards and 16 touchdowns as a sophomore in 2012 for the Comets. He averaged 127.5 rushing yards per game.
Hall’s Contra Costa teammate, wide receiver Ronald Butler, recently committed to the Aggies. The Comets went 8-3 last season, winning their last six games.
• Keylon Hollis is a 6-foot-4, 240-pound linebacker who was originally scheduled to visit the Aggies the weekend of Jan. 18. However, he chose to trip to Arizona instead.
Last season at Bakersfield (Calif.) College, Hollis was tabbed the Defensive Player of the Year in the National Northern Conference (NNC). The Renegades went 11-2 and defeated City College of San Francisco 35-14 in the CCCAA State Championship game. On the season, Hollis recorded 68 tackles and 16.5 sacks.
The Houston native prepped at Cypress Creek, the same high school current USU quarterback Chuckie Keeton attended. Hollis also ran track in high school and has been offered by Arizona, a source close to the USU program told The Herald Journal.
• Myron Turner is a 5-foot-11, 170-pound defensive back from DeSoto (Texas) High School. Turner originally committed to Washington State last October and recently took his official visit there. However, Mike Leach and the Cougars informed him afterward they were no longer going to honor their initial offer. So, Turner will be visiting the Aggies instead.
• Ofa Hautau is a 6-foot-2, 290-pound defensive tackle from Snow College. As a sophomore this past season, Hautau recorded 41 tackles and five sacks. The season before, he tallied 20 tackles. Hautau prepped at East High in Salt Lake City. His brother, Siale Hautau, verbally committed to Oregon State in November.
Besides these four official visits, there are several in-state kids visiting campus this weekend.