Donzale Roddie took an unofficial visit to Utah recently and loved the place, loved the coaches and players and decided to end his recruitment early.
The Paramount, Calif., wide receiver said he has especially developed a good relationship with Utah assistant coach Dennis Erickson and that was an important consideration in his decision.
"What made me commit was the relationship I have with coach Erickson," Roddie said. "I really had a good feeling and vibe when I went out there.
"He felt like another father to me or something like that, a best friend, so that made me commit. They want me to play both sides so I don't know about a position yet.
"The facilities are really nice and the players and the coaches really stood out to me."
The 6-foot, 160-pound three-star prospect said his commitment to Utah remains firm but he will look at other programs as his recruitment continues.
Sticking with the Utes is one thing but Roddie said he's not going to shut out any other programs.
"I'm just going to keep an open mind about everything," Roddie said. "I'm still open to everything. It's just a verbal commitment so I'm still open."
Plenty can still happen for the Paramount two-way standout. The three-star said Oregon, Washington, Washington State and Fresno State are showing lots of interest.
USC, UCLA, San Diego State and Hawaii have reached out and Roddie said Wyoming could be close to sending an offer as well.
"There are a whole bunch of schools interested in me," Roddie said.