Jake Jackson had known for a while that Utah was the place for him, especially after he took an unofficial visit there this past off-season, and the Carlsbad (Calif.) La Costa Canyon linebacker decided to commit on Thursday.
The Utes had been a long-time favorite and Jackson figured it was time to finish off his recruitment.
"They offered me in May and I've been talking to them and I decided it was time to commit so I did it," Jackson said.
"I went up there for a church camp and I saw a lot and I saw the facilities and it gave me a little preview. I'm going up there in two weeks for the Arizona State game. We're going up there to hang out and I don't know when my official is going to be yet."
BYU and San Diego State had also been showing interest but Jackson, a 6-foot-3, 205-pound prospect, had always liked Utah the most and so his commitment to the Utes is not a major surprise.
"I have a lot of family that are big Utah fans and a lot of people I know are Utah fans so they talk up the program a lot and they talked me into it," Jackson said.
"I really like the campus and it's a killer place to live. Plus, they're in the Pac-12 so that's good too. They have a good team and it's the best of both worlds."
Jackson was receiving interest from at least two other programs and he took an unofficial visit to BYU but his heart was with Utah and he thought it was time to end things.
La Costa Canyon, which also features four-star lineman Erik Magnuson, visits Redlands, Calif., this weekend.
"I kind of knew I was going to Utah for a while," Jackson said.