USU's final recruiting visits

The travel coordinator arranging visits for Utah State’s football recruits will be busy this week.

More than a dozen high school football players will be visiting Logan this weekend a source close to the program told the Deseret News.

Among them are a load of Utah kids who have already made verbal commitments but will still get a little extra attention before signing day on Wednesday.

The list includes Jordan QB Alex Hart, Timpview QB Trevor Brown, Pleasant Grove big men Jason Fanaika and Bryce Walker, Cottonwood lineman Taani Fisilau, Spanish Fork tight end Jordunn Mattinson, Alta linebacker Parker Hausknecht and Juan Diego receiver Keegan Andersen — but could include others who are taking unofficial visits to the Cache Valley campus.

Two out-of-state recruits with past verbal commitments will also be in Logan. Hawaii lineman Elvis Matagi will be joined by Florida defensive back Nevin Lawson, the source said.

But there will still be a sales job to be made for a pair of recruits still weighing their options. Fullerton, Calif., running back Joe Hill has received a scholarship offer from USU and a second Florida cornerback, Rashad Stewart, the source confirmed, will be touring the USU campus and facilities.

The weekend is important for Andersen and his staff — as well as every staff around the country — because Sunday marks the end of the time coaches can contact recruits. A ‘dead period’ begins late Sunday night and extends to signing day. That means coaches will be burning through their cell phone minutes in a hurry all weekend long and hope everything is in order.

With two days of silence, recruits will think their options over and then sign their National Letters of Intent on Wednesday morning before faxing the sheets of paper to their school of choice.

One recruit Utah State is holding out hope for is Hawaii linebacker V.J. Fehoko. The source at USU said the Aggies are still swinging in regards to the coveted linebacker who reportedly has offers from Utah, Texas Tech, Colorado and Washington.

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