60 IN 60

60 in 60: #17 Utah’s Devaughn Vele (Wide Receiver)

Aug 10, 2023, 1:47 PM | Updated: Aug 11, 2023, 2:00 pm

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Devaughn Vele #17 of the Utah Utes runs with the ball after a catch against the Penn State Nittany Lions during the first half in the 2023 Rose Bowl Game at Rose Bowl Stadium on January 02, 2023 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

(Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY – The countdown for Hans & Scotty’s 60 in 60 is on. Coming in at #17 is Utah’s Devaughn Vele (WR).

Throughout the summer Hans & Scotty are counting down the top 60 college football players in the state of Utah as voted on by the media (and a fan ballot).

Last year, Vele came in at No. 21 in 2022’s 60 in 60.

Utah’s Devaughn Vele

Vele is a junior from San Diego, California. He prepped at Rancho Bernardo High School where he played football and basketball. Vele was named All-League and invited to the 2016 Polynesian All-American Bowl and the 2016 Alex Spanos All-Star Football Classic. As a senior, Vele recorded 52 receptions for 980 yards and 11 touchdowns.

His first season with the Utes was in 2019 as a walk-on. Vele used his redshirt as a freshman, playing in four games. During the COVID-shortened 2020 season, Vele played in all five games, finishing with two catches for 12 yards. He was awarded a scholarship that year.

In 2021, Vele played in all 14 games with seven starts. He caught 23 passes for 389 yards and a touchdown. The TD came against USC just before halftime on a flea flicker.

“Big, tall, physical receiver,” Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham said of Vele in 2021. “Outstanding speed, outstanding ability to go up and get the 50-50 ball. If he can stay healthy, look for a big year out of Devaughn.”

Last season, Vele recorded his best season with the Utes by hauling in 55 receptions for 695 yards and five touchdowns.

This fall, Vele and the Utes will open their 2023 schedule at home against the Florida Gators. The Utes will host the Gators at Rice-Eccles Stadium on August 31 at 6 p.m. (MDT). The game will be televised on ESPN.

About the 60 in 60

Every summer Hans and Scotty reveal the best college football players in the state of Utah in their annual 60 in 60 as voted on by the media.

Click here for the complete 60 in 60 rankings countdown.

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