The Utah football team runs onto the field before a game between the Oregon Ducks and the Utah Utes November 20, 2021, at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Boyd Ivey/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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SALT LAKE CITY- Utah’s defense just got a little better today with the commitment of Bishop Gorman edge Jonah Leaea. The three-star recruit picked the Utes over other Pac-12 offers including Arizona and Cal.
Leaea is relatively new to football coming from a basketball background and is still working to grow into his “football body”, but shows a lot of promise at the next level. At 6’4″ and 230 pounds, Leaea is currently ranked in the top 100 linebackers nationally for the 2023 class according to 247 Sports and number seven in the state of Nevada.
A Look At The Commitment Stats
This past spring Leaea got to showcase his talents at the Polynesian Bowl where he was a problem for offensive tackles off the edge.
As a junior in 2021, Leaea had five tackles for loss along with four sacks on the way to another Bishop Gorman State Championship.
Utah’s 2023 Football Signing Class
So far the Utes have collected 14 commits for the 2023 class including Leaea’s recent pledge. Of those 14 commits three have a four star ranking according to 247 Sports while the other 11 commits are three stars. Utah’s overall class ranking currently sits at #47 in the country.
The 2023 Utah signing class currently consists of four players from California, four from Texas, two from Hawaii, one from Florida, one from Mississippi, one from Utah, and one from Nevada.
Broken down by position, Utah currently has one quarterback, one running back, one receiver, one offensive lineman, two defensive linemen, two linebackers, three defensive backs, and three special teams players in their 2023 recruiting class.
- Randon Fontenette, four star safety out of Freeport Texas
- Carlos Wilson, four star athlete out of Sacramento, California
- Michael Mitchell, four star running back out of Middleburg, Florida
- CJ Blocker, three star cornerback out of New Caney, Texas
- Owen Chambliss, three star linebacker out of Corona, California
- Roger Alderman, three star offensive lineman out of Sonora, California
- Johnathan Hall, three star linebacker out of Katy, Texas
- Mack Howard, three star quarterback out of Oxford, Mississippi
- Dijon Stanley, three star athlete out of Granada Hills, California
- Jo’Laison Landry, three star defensive lineman out of Houston, Texas
- Brock Fonoimoana, three star safety out of Kahuku, Hawaii
- Mateaki Helu, three star athlete out of Tooele, Utah
- Kainoa Carvalho, three star receiver out of Kahuku, Hawaii
- Jonah Leaea, three star defensive line out of Las Vegas, Nevada