John Gentry Signs With Utah State After Originally Committing To Utah

Feb 8, 2020, 4:33 PM
Head coach Kyle Whittingham of the Utah Utes and head coach Gary Andersen of the Oregon State Beave...
Head coach Kyle Whittingham of the Utah Utes and head coach Gary Andersen of the Oregon State Beavers talk before the game between the Utes and the Beavers at Rice-Eccles Stadium on October 31, 2015 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images)
(Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images)

LOGAN, Utah – The University of Utah expected to sign a talented running back in John Gentry from Houston, Texas but he had a change of heart on National Signing Day and decided to join the Utah State Aggies.

The three-star prospect is the 99th ranked prospect out of the state of Texas and the 42nd running back. According to 247 Sports, Gentry is the second highest rated recruit that Utah State has signed in school history.

Gentry will be able to compete right away for playing time at Utah State after Gerold Bright graduated. The projected starter is Snow College transfer Jaylen Warren.

At his press conference earlier this week, Utah State head coach Gary Andersen mentioned that Gentry was tough to convince to join the Aggies and not the Utes.

“To have his mom and dad come on the trip and for them to be able to feel who we are and what we are about, they got to feel Aggie nation at the basketball game,” Andersen said. “The parents stood strong until last night (day before signing day).”

His official visit with Utah State was on January 24. He visited the Utes on October 26.

Gentry originally announced his intention to sign with the University of Utah on November 21, 2019 on Twitter. But, his first commitment in the recruiting process was to Arkansas on June 14, 2019 before decommitting from the Razorbacks on November 10, 2019.

Other than Utah and Utah State, Gentry received offers from Arkansas, Colorado State, Hawaii, Houston, Louisiana, New Mexico, New Mexico State, North Texas, Oklahoma State, Southern Miss, Tennessee, Texas State, Tulsa, UNLV, UTEP, UTSA and Wyoming.

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