Saturday night new USU football coach Gary Andersen sat in the stands near the student section while hosting about a dozen recruits and several parents.
He was witnessed participating in what has become a traditional Utah State cheer called ‘The Scotsman’ that has become famous for it’s choreographed arm and hand movements which typically have about 8,000 fans in the Spectrum working in unison.
That environment, as well as Andersen’s sales pitch, convinced another seven football players to join Utah State for the 2009 season while an eighth is close to committing.
A source close to the recruiting scene tells me these are the latest to commit to Utah State:
Christian Browne-Frazier, a 6-foot-3, 290 pound offensive lineman out of Compton JC in California.
Kamaloni Vainikolo, a 6-3, 260 pound defensive end from Maui, Hawaii by way of El Camino College in California.
Mika Nickel, a 6-2, 245 pound freshman defensive end from Hawaii Prep in Kamuela,
Michael Williams, a 5-10, 165 pound freshman cornerback from Houston, Texas’ Aldine High School who had offers from Oklahoma State and Boston College.
Rajric Coleman, a 6-2, 185 pound cornerback from Arizona’s Glendale Community College.
Kane Wilson, a 6-4, 215 pound quarterback out of California’s El Dorado High.
Chris Friesen, a 6-3, 250 pound offensive lineman from Arlington, Texas’ Summit High School.
Another player, Marcus Sullivan, also made a visit to Logan over the weekend and told me he enjoyed his time in Logan but has not made a decision yet.
“No,” he said. “I haven’t made up my mind yet. It down to Utah State and UNLV.”
The speedy running back from Las Vegas had made an early verbal pledge to play for the Rebels, but Andersen has been after him since being named USU’s coach.
Sullivan, who ran for 1,400 yards and 18 touchdowns for Cheyenne High in Las Vegas, said he would make a final decision by the end of the week.
Wilson was a star quarterback for the Golden Hawks and passed for nearly 1,700 yards and ran for another 700. He had 25 combined touchdowns on the air and the ground.
“It was fantastic,” Wilson said of his visit to Logan. “I just loved the environment. I was a little surprised to see that is was kind of a small town type place and that everything was so close together.”
He said he was a bit overwhelmed with his experienced while watching the Aggie basketball game.
“We came out of the tunnel to get our seats and they just welcomed us,” he said. “They started cheering for us and that was pretty awesome. Everyone seemed so supportive and I decided that’s where I wanted to play.”
Wilson said he chose USU over Fresno State and Washington.
The new commitments brings USU’s total to 16 with a few weeks left in the recruiting period.