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A Ute movement in D.C.?

(Couldn't pass up the easy reference to the movie, "My Cousin Vinny.")

Add a new school to the list that has D.C. football on its radar -- Utah.

The Utes gained a commitment from Coolidge senior Avery Williams, who, according to recruiting experts, plays a position on the football field that I cannot find -- athlete. In addition to his other three finalists -- West Virginia, Michigan State and New Mexico -- some schools were recruiting the 6-foot, 165-pounder as a defensive back, while others saw him as a wide receiver. Williams also played a little running back at Coolidge, as well.

The more interesting part of Williams's story is that he's going to a school that has seldom recruited the area, but may now see an opening. According to Coolidge assistant Deric Davis, Utah assistant Aaron Alford has ties to the Washington area and has begun to recruit the region a bit. With all the success Mike Locksley has had luring players out to New Mexico, it's surprising it's taken this long for other western schools to utilize the same recruiting pitch.

"They never thought D.C. kids would go all the way out there," Davis said. "But then when you realize that unless you're a three-hour drive from home, it really doesn't matter how far you go."

Utah finished this season 10-3 and ranked 18th in the final AP poll. The Utes have has at least nine victories in five of the past seven years and won their past nine bowl games.

By Alan Goldenbach  | January 8, 2010; 1:05 PM ET
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You could also add that the University of Utah has had two undefeated seasons in the past five and that two of their recent bowl victories were against BCS opponents Pitt (35-7) and Alabama (31-17). After the Alabama victory the final AP poll had them second in the nation. A fella from DC could do worse.

Posted by: seahawkdad | January 11, 2010 9:00 AM | Report abuse

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