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2014 Signing Day Class Bios

Jackson Barton
OL - 6-7 - 291 - Fr. - HS - Salt Lake City (Brighton HS)
Early high school graduate enrolled in classes in January and will participate in spring camp ... first-team 5A all-state as a junior and senior and second-team as a sophomore ... four-star recruit by Rivals.com and Scout.com ... made the Rivals 100 at No. 70 ... ranked No. 7 nationally at his position and No. 1 overall in Utah by Rivals ... Scout ranked him No. 20 nationally at offensive tackle and No. 3 in Utah at any position (No. 1 offensive lineman) ... played in the U.S. Army All-American Combine ... three-year starter ... Brighton High (Utah) team captain ... Brighton played for the 2013 5A Utah state championship ... also played basketball for Brighton ... son of two former Ute two-sport athletes ... father Paul played football and pitched for the Utes, later playing a year in the minors for the Toronto Blue Jays ... mother Mikki Kane-Barton was a two-time honorable mention All-America basketball player, the 1993 Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year and a three-time first-team all-WAC pick ... she was also an all-conference volleyball player and led the nation in blocks in 1993 ... three siblings ... full name is Jackson Paulo Barton ... born Aug. 8, 1995.

Devontae Booker
RB - 5-11 - 199 - Jr. - JC - Sacramento, Calif. (American River College)
Signed with Utah in 2013 but did not qualify academically ... did not play last fall while finishing academic coursework at American River College ... enrolled at Utah spring semester ... has two years to play two ... signed with Washington State out of high school before enrolling at American River College ... first-team all-Valley Conference in 2012 when he led the conference in rushing yards per game and touchdowns ... rushed for 1,472 yards and 15 touchdowns and also had nine receptions for 58 yards and two touchdowns his sophomore season ... 22 carries for 282 yards (12.8 average) and five touchdowns vs. Monterey ... three kickoff returns for 164 yards (54.7 average) and a touchdown against Santa Rosa ... as a freshman, he rushed for 793 yards (7.93 average, 79.3 yards per game) and 12 touchdowns ... also caught 10 passes for 143 yards and a touchdown, and ran back 10 kickoffs for 348 yards and a touchdown in 2011 ... American River played in the 2012 Northern California Football Association championship game ... as a senior at Grant Union High (Calif.) in 2009, he rushed for 2,884 yards and 45 touchdowns ... won U.S. Air Force National Player of the Week ... 2009 first-team MaxPreps All-State Division I ... NorCalPreps.com Division I Player of the Year ... second-team CalHiSports.com all-state ... Sacramento Bee all-Metro in 2008 and 2009 ... led Grant High to the 2008 CIF State Open Division state title, leading the team in rushing yards (1,850) and touchdowns (36) ... son of Ronnie and Francis Booker ... born May 27, 1992.

Tevin Carter
DB - 6-1 - 213 - Sr. - JC - Los Angeles, Calif. (L.A. Southwest College)
Signed with Utah in 2013 but did not qualify academically ... has one year of eligibility ... attended El Camino College this past year but did not play football ... originally signed with Cal, redshirting in 2010 as a highly-ranked wide receiver ... transferred to L.A. Southwest College, where he played safety ... 2011 and 2012 SCFA first-team all-conference safety ... L.A. Southwest's leading defender as a sophomore in 2012 had 62 tackles (3 TFL), three interceptions, four pass breakups and a forced fumble ... 32 tackles (3 TFL, 1 sack), two interceptions, four pass breakups, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery in 2011 ... four-star receiver by both Rivals and Scout as a prep player at Santee HS (Calif.) ... SuperPrep All-Far West team ... Southern League Defensive Player of the Year ... first-team all-city (L.A.) in 2008 and 2009 ... as a senior in 2009, he had 42 receptions for 1,117 yards and eight touchdowns, while also contributing 84 tackles, two interceptions and four forced fumbles ... his junior season, he finished with 28 receptions for 833 yards and 11 TDs, 119 tackles, five fumble recoveries and three forced fumbles ... also lettered in basketball and track ... placed third in the state in the 200-meter dash and fourth in the 100 meters as a junior ... won the Los Angeles City title in the 200 and placed second in the 100 as a senior ... clocked a 10.61-second 100 meters and had a 200 time of 21.21 seconds, which was the second-fastest time in California in 2009 ... made the honor roll his senior year ... son of the late Hilbert Carter and Rosalind Wright ... three siblings ... brother Trae Jackson played football at San Jose State and brother Tim Carter played football at Alcorn State ... full name is Tevin D. Carter ... born Sept. 13, 1992.

Kyle Christiansen
OL - 6-3 - 315 - Fr. - HS - Millville, Utah (Mountain Crest HS)
Plans to serve a church mission before enrolling at Utah ... 2013 American Family Insurance all-USA Utah football first-team all-state (offensive line) ... first-team All-Poly Camp in June of 2013 ... Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret News first-team all-state OL in 2012 ... also played defensive line ... four-year starter for Mountain Crest HS (Utah) ... Mountain Crest played in the 2012 Utah 4A state championship game ... also participates in baseball and track ... son of Kevin Christiansen and Karen Christiansen ... Kyle Allen Christiansen (pronounced chris-chee-an-son) ... born Nov. 7, 1995.

Kaelin Clay
WR - 5-10 - 188 - Sr. - JC - Long Beach, Calif. (Mount San Antonio College)
First-team all-conference receiver and 2013 preseason Junior College All-American ... has one year of eligibility ... led the SCFA Central Conference in receiving yards (995), yards per game (90.5) and touchdowns (16), while finishing second in receptions (52) and yards per catch (19.1) in 2013 ... led Mt. San Antonio College in both 2012 and 2013 in receptions, receiving yards, touchdown catches, kick returns, all-purpose yards and scoring ... caught 90 passes in his Mt. SAC career for 1,654 yards and 24 touchdowns ... averaged 34.5 yards per kick return in his two seasons with five touchdowns ... also led Mt. SAC in punt returns in 2013 with 17 for 245 yards (14.4 average) and one TD ... averaged a team-best 184.8 all-purpose yards per game in 2013 ... SCFA Central Conference Special Teams/All-Purpose Player of the Week against Saddleback, catching four passes for 144 yards and a touchdown, returning six kicks for 147 yards and returning a punt 75 yards for a touchdown ... initially signed with Cal out of Long Beach Poly HS as Rivals.com's No. 53 wide receiver nationally ... redshirted at Cal in 2010 and was named the Bears' co-scout team player of the year on special teams ... injured in 2011 ... SuperPrep All-American and All-Moore League as a senior at Long Beach Poly in 2009 ... began his senior season as a wide receiver before moving running back for the final four games ... 1,048 rushing yards (7 TDs) and 524 receiving yards (8 TDs) as a senior ... 20 receptions for 568 yards and six TDs, and was a second-team all-league selection, as a junior for the CIF Southern Section champion ... also ran track, finishing third in the state in 100-meter dash and sixth in the 200 as a senior in 2010 ... best times were 10.46 in the 100 and 21.07 in the 200-meter dash ... led Long Beach Poly to four Moore League track and field titles ... league titlist in the 100 and 200-meter dash his last three seasons ... also on the winning 4x100 meter and 4x400 meter relays ... graduated from high school with honors and made the Dean's list twice ... son of Rodney Clay and Joi King ... one brother and two sisters ... enjoys music ... full name is Kaelin (pronounced kay-lin) Jesse Clay ... born January 3, 1992.

Amone Finau
OL - 6-2 - 180 - Fr. - HS - Kearns, Utah (Kearns HS)
Plans to serve a church mission before enrolling at Utah ... second-team all-state wide receiver as a senior in 2013 ... averaged 91.9 receiving yards per game in 2013, catching 52 passes for 911 yards and nine touchdowns ... also rushed 19 times for 200 yards (10.5 average) and had 52 tackles, a sack and two interceptions in 2013 ... versatile athlete played running back, receiver, corner, safety, linebacker and kick returner for Kearns HS (Utah) ... also played basketball ... son of Sateki Jr. and Loyann Finau ... first cousin is Duke basketball player Jabari Parker ... also related to former Utah and NFL defensive lineman Sione Pouha ... name is pronounced ah-mo-nay fee-now ... born July 27, 1996.

Andre Godfrey
DB - 5-10 - 186 - Fr. - HS - Miramar, Fla. (Miramar HS)
Third-team 8A all-state safety made the Rivals.com Florida Postseason Top 100 at No. 84 ... Miramar High (Fla.) was 12-1 in 2013, losing 12-10 in the 8A regional finals to Palm Beach Gardens ... in playoff win against Monarch HS, he had an interception and a pass break up ... Miramar was ranked as high as No. 3 in the state going into the playoffs ... as a junior in 2012, he had 83 tackles, four interceptions and four fumble recoveries ... scored a 71-yard touchdown on a blocked kick ... also lettered three years in track ... enjoys swimming and basketball ... son of Andre Godfrey, Sr. and Valery Lewis ... full name is Andre Marquis Godfrey Jr. ... born Oct. 28, 1995.

Alani Havili-Katoa
DT - 6-3 - 295 - Fr. - HS - Stansbury Park, Utah (Stansbury HS)
Early high school graduate enrolled in classes in January and will participate in spring camp ... all-region and honorable mention all-state in 2013 ... rated the fifth-best player in Utah at any position by Rivals.com and 35th nationally among defensive tackles ... Salt Lake Tribune first-team 3A all-state as a junior in 2012 ... 150 career tackles (8.0 TFL) and 4.0 sacks ... son of Lopini Katoa and Tapenisi Havili ... cousin Stanley Havili played at USC ... full name is Allan Loseli Havili, but now goes by Alani (pronounced uh-lonny ha-vee-lee kah-toe-a) ... born Feb. 19, 1996.

Travonne Hobbs
DB - 5-9 - 175 - Fr. - HS - New Orleans, La. (Landry-Walker HS)
4A first-team all-state cornerback by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association (LSWA) in 2013 ... made nine interceptions his senior season ... led Landry-Walker HS (La.)--a consolidation of two high schools, including O. Perry Walker High--to the 2013 Louisiana 4A state semifinals ... named Top Defender at the National Select 7 on 7 Championships in July 2013 ... made the 2012 all-district 9-4A team as a junior at O. Perry Walker High ... New Orleans Metro Area 4A Player of the Week as a senior after a win over Easton HS, when he returned an interception 100 yards for a game-winning touchdown and also had four pass breakups and seven tackles ... son of Troy and Tonisha Hobbs ... one brother and one sister ... full name is Travonne Dawayne Hobbs (pronounced truh-von) ... born June 28, 1995.

Casey Hughes
DB - 5-11 - 181 - Fr. - HS - North Las Vegas, Nev. (Legacy HS)
First-team all-state cornerback and second-team all-state running back as a senior at Legacy High (Nev.) ... will play cornerback at Utah ... 2012 all-Northwest League selection ... as a senior, he made 68 tackles (50 solo and 1.0 TFL), had one interception, four pass breakups and caused a fumble, while also rushing 123 times for 1,031 (8.38 average) and 14 touchdowns ... his 1,214 all-purpose yards in 2013 included 1,031 rushing, 97 receiving, 33 on kickoff returns, 23 on punt returns and 30 on interception returns ... rushed for 207 yards and three touchdowns against Palo Verde High ... 193 yards and two touchdowns vs. Mojave HS in 2013 ... in 2012, he had 63 tackles and one interception, while rushing for more than 1,000 yards and 14 touchdowns ... also ran track and placed second in the state in the 100 meters (10.94) and third in the 200 meters (21.95) in 2012, while also running a leg on Legacy's state champion 400 relay team ... has been clocked at 4.4 seconds in the 40-yard dash ... born Nov. 22, 1995.

Donovan Isom
QB - 6-4 - 240 - Fr. - HS - Destrehan, La. (Destrehan HS)
All-metro, honorable mention all-state and District 7-5A Offensive MVP in 2013 ... passed for 2,600-plus yards and 33 touchdowns with just two interceptions while leading Destrehan High to the 2013 Louisiana 5A state semifinals ... also rushed 82 times for 530 yards (6.6 average) and nine touchdowns as a senior ... named the Greater New Orleans Amateur Athlete of the month for September ... completed 12-of-13 passes for 267 yards and five touchdowns in win over West Jefferson and was named River Parishes Player of the Week ... was 15-of-26 passing for 253 yards and five TDs vs. Thibodaux High ... in his first year as a starter in 2012, he threw for 1,758 yards and 16 touchdowns while rushing for 477 yards and eight scores ... completed 77.8% of his career passes (261-426) for 3,866 yards and 38 touchdowns ... earned four letters in football and one in basketball ... voted Destrehan High Homecoming King ... son of Denise Isom ... one sister ... full name is Donovan Matthew Isom (pronounced ice-um) ... born Oct. 23, 1994.

Thor Katoa
DL - 6-2 - 220 - Fr. - HS - St. George, Utah (Pine View HS)
Plans to serve a church mission before enrolling at Utah ... played linebacker in high school but will play on the defensive line for the Utes ... 3AA first-team all-state linebacker in 2013 by the Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret News ... 139 tackles and 16.5 tackles for loss and 4.0 sacks as a senior at Pine View High (Utah) in 2013 ... Pine View played in the 2013 3AA state championship game, losing on the final play ... 20 tackles (3.0 TFL) against Payson HS and 19 tackles (3.0 TFL) against Hurricane HS his senior season ... 90 tackles, 3.0 sacks and a forced fumble as a junior linebacker ... 57 tackles, one sack and a forced fumble his sophomore season ... MVP of the 2013 All-Poly Camp ... son of Olivia Katoa ... full name is Thor Lopini Katoa (pronounced kah-toe-a) ... born Nov. 28, 1995.

DJ Law
RB - 5-10 - 182 - Fr. - HS - Haines City, Fla. (Haines City HS)
First-team all-state by The Ledger newspaper in Lakeland, Fla. ... Tampa Bay Times' Class 7A second-team all-state running back ... first-team all-Polk County ... second-leading rusher in Polk County in 2013 with 1,275 yards on 109 carries (11.7 average) and 13 touchdowns ... in back-to-back games to end his senior season, he rushed for 147 yards and 269 yards (including a 97-yard scoring run) ... also had a punt return and a kickoff return for touchdowns in his last two games at Haines City HS (Fla.) ... as a junior, he rushed for 1,034 yards and eight touchdowns and his sophomore season, he finished with just more than 500 rushing yards ... has 4.35 40 speed ... also plays basketball ... full name is Dacorius but prefers his nickname DJ ... born Nov. 6, 1994.

Lowell Lotulelei
DT - 6-1 - 310 - Fr. - HS - South Jordan, Utah (Bingham HS)
Played in the Semper Fi All-American Bowl after his senior season in 2012 ... after graduating from Bingham HS (Utah), he spent last year involved in church service ... was the No. 2 overall prospect in Utah by Scout.com and 247sports.com ... Deseret News 2012 first-team 5A all-state ... Salt Lake Tribune second-team 5A all-state ... first-team all-region 3 ... 61 tackles, three sacks, two interceptions and one forced fumble his senior season ... lettered four years at Bingham ... son of Star and Pesatina Lotulelei ... seven sisters and one brother ... older brother Star, a first-round draft pick and starting defensive tackle for the Carolina Panthers in 2013, was a first-team All-American for Utah, where he played from 2010-12 ... full name is Charles Lowell Lotulelei (pronounced lo-too-leh-lay) ... born Mar. 22, 1995.

Hauati Pututau
LB - 6-3 - 230 - Fr. - HS - Salt Lake City (Cottonwood HS)
Plans to serve a church mission before enrolling at Utah ... first-team all-region linebacker as a senior in 2013 ... 72 tackles, 4.0 sacks, two interceptions and four fumble recoveries in 2013 ... 44 tackles, 2.0 sacks, four interceptions and a forced fumble as a junior ... played some at receiver ... also plays basketball ... son of Howard Sr. and Taina Pututau ... oldest of eight children ... born Feb. 24, 1996.

Monte Seabrook
DB - 6-0 - 180 - Fr. - HS - Newberry, Fla. (Newberry HS)
Played in the North-South All-Star Classic ... projected to play safety at Utah after playing safety, corner, running back and wide receiver, as well as returning kicks and punts, and playing on special teams coverage units for Newberry HS (Fla.) ... Associated Press 1A first-team all-state defensive back his senior season ... 2,248 career all-purpose yards (600 rushing, 866 receiving, 481 kickoff returns, 46 punt returns, 255 interception returns on 11 interceptions) ... his senior season, he had 41 tackles (1 TFL), five interceptions (returned 222 yards), two pass breakups, four forced fumbles and a fumble recovery ... rushed 78 times for 521 yards (6.68 average) and five touchdowns, and had 20 receptions for 276 yards and two touchdowns in 2013 ... also plays basketball (averaged 12.6 points and in the first 16 games this season) and runs track ... holds the Newbury High record in the 300 meter hurdles (40.8 seconds) ... full name is Monte Fion Seabrook, Jr. (pronounced mon-tay) ... born Dec. 26, 1994.

Raelon Singleton
WR - 6-3 - 190 - Fr. - HS - Crosby, Texas (Crosby HS)
First-team all-19-4A district and first-team all-area in 2013 ... made 2013 all-VYPE football team as a "Can't Forget" receiver ... 33 receptions for 773 yards (23.42 average) and 16 touchdowns in eight games as a senior ... averaged 96.6 yards per game in 2013 when he helped Crosby High (Texas) win the Bi-District championship and advance to the Region III-4A area playoffs ... 622 receiving yards and seven TDs as a junior, when he also returned a kickoff 45 yards ... had 179 yards on seven catches and four touchdowns in win over Barbers Hill ... also plays basketball and was first-team all-district and all-area in 2012-13 when he averaged 10.9 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.2 blocks ... as a sophomore, he averaged 9.9 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.3 blocks a game ... earned three letters in track and field ... son of Paul and Rochelle Singleton ... father is a school district supervisor ... two brothers ... name is pronounced ray-len ... born Aug. 26, 1996.

Pasoni Tasini
DT - 6-2 - 260 - Jr. - JC - Wailuku, Hawaii (Snow College)
Has three years to play two ... originally signed with Utah out of Baldwin High School (Hawaii) in 2012, but instead went to Snow College, where he played in 2012 and 2013 ... Snow College team captain ... 44 tackles and 4.0 tackles for loss (3.5 sacks), a fumble recovery and a pass breakup in 2013 ... 14 tackles, one fumble recovery and one pass breakup in nine games in 2012 ... in high school, he was the 2010-11 Maui News Maui Interscholastic League Male Athlete of the Year and two-time MIL Defensive Player of the Year ... three-time first-team All-MIL ... led Baldwin to the 2011 state semifinal game ... Baldwin won the league football title all four years (2008-10) ... as a junior, he played for MIL Division I championship teams in football, basketball, volleyball and track and field, winning league titles in the shot put and discus ... placed fourth in the shot put at the 2011 state track and field meet ...three-sport MIL All-Star as a junior in 2010-11 (football, basketball and track and field) ... also lettered in volleyball ... first-team All-MIL in basketball as a sophomore and junior ... son of Pone Pate and Nola Pasini ... has one brother and four sisters ... first person in his family to earn a college scholarship ... full name is Pasoni Kaianoano Tasini (pronounced pa-sony tah-see-nee) ... born May 31, 1993.

Pita Tonga
DL - 6-2 - 275 - Fr. - HS - Taylorsville, Utah (Highland HS)
Plans to serve a church mission before enrolling at Utah ... Utah 4A second-team all-state as a senior in 2013, when he had 55 tackles with 17.0 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks ... Highland High (Utah) team captain ... also participated in basketball and track and field ... attended Brighton HS his freshman year ... son of Pita Tonga, Sr. and Susana Tauteoli-Tonga ... both parents played for Utah ... father played linebacker in 1988, '89, '90, '92 and led Utah in tackles in 1990 with 94 ... mother was a first-team all-conference basketball player for Utah in 1993 and lettered three years (1991-93) ... mother set Utah's school single-game scoring record with 36 points against Fresno State (now ranks second) and still owns the school mark for field goals made in a game (16) ... cousin of Ute linebacker Filipo Mokofisi ... full name is Pita Vi Folaumoetu'i Tonga ... first name is pronounced peet-uh ... born Apr. 11, 1996.

Marcus Williams
DB - 6-0 - 168 - Fr. - HS - Corona, Calif. (Eleanor Roosevelt HS)
Will play safety at Utah after playing defensive back and wide receiver at Eleanor Roosevelt HS (Calif.) ... first-team all Big VIII League wide receiver ... 60 tackles and six interceptions (which he returned for 175 yards), 1 pass breakup and a forced fumble his senior season ... 41 receptions for 924 yards (22.54 average) and nine touchdowns in 2013 ... 216 receiving yards and two TDs as a junior ... also plays basketball and competes in track and field ... through the first 17 basketball games of 2013-14, he was averaging 8.0 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.1 steals per game ... 6'5" best high jump ... 4.0 GPA ... son of Sylvester and Franschell Williams ... three brothers ... enjoys fishing ... full name is Marcus Alan Williams ... born Sept. 8, 1996.

Tavaris Williams
RB - 5-10 - 180 - Fr. - HS - Fort White, Fla. (Fort White HS)
Two-way player for Fort White High (Fla.) is projected to play running back for the Utes ... Associated Press 4A first-team all-state running back his senior season ... had 3,583 career all-purpose yards, including 2,897 rushing, 162 receiving and 524 on kickoff returns ... averaged 72.4 yards a game rushing (8.4 average) and had 27 rushing touchdowns in his career ... his senior season, he rushed 184 times for a school-record 1,819 yards (9.89 average) and 21 touchdowns ... had five games over 255 yards, with a season-best 374 yards and four touchdowns in win over Tallahassee HS ... also played cornerback, where his career totals were 88 tackles and six pass breakups ... led Fort White High to its first district title ever in 2013 by rushing for 276 yards on 35 carries and scoring four touchdowns against Taylor County ... lettered four years in football and three years in track and field, participating in the 100 and 200 meters and the long jump ... guardians are Jerry and Susan Roach ... two brothers and two sisters ... full name is Tavaris (pronounced ta-vahr-is) James Williams ... born June 9, 1995.

Kenric Young
WR - 6-2 - 180 - Fr. - HS - Gainesville, Fla. (Gainesville HS)
All-North Florida region and all-area in 2013... two-way player for Gainesville High (Fla.) had 22 receptions for 450 yards (20.46 average) and six touchdowns as a senior ... also had 37 tackles and four pass breakups ... Gainesville played for the state championship his junior season ... also runs track and placed third at the 2013 3A state meet in the 400 meters ... second in the 400 meters at the 3A Region 1 meet with a personal best 47.68 clocking ... third in the 400 meters in the FSU Relays ... Gainesville Sun all-area sprinter had best times of 10.82 in the 100 meters and 21.70 in the 200 meters ...member of Gainesville High's 400 meter relay team that won the regional and district meets, placed second at the 3A state championships and fourth at the Florida Relays ... full name is Kenric Lael Young Jr. ... born Feb. 7, 1996.
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