The Utes extended their 2013 commitment list to two on Monday by landing a pledge from 6-foot-3, 170-pound Salt Lake City (Utah) East shooting guard Parker Van Dyke.
"I just decided that I wanted to stay home," Van Dyke said. "It felt like the right place for me and my family. I'm excited about being one of the guys that gets to rebuild the program."
Van Dyke says he didn't know that Utah was the spot for him until today.
"It just hit me this morning," he said. "I woke up and knew that I really wanted to go to Utah, so I committed."
One of the reasons that Van Dyke knew that he wanted to stay home was because of the relationship he has with the Utes' coaching staff.
"I really like the coaching staff and how they run things," Van Dyke said. "I've been a Utah fan my whole life and I'm really excited to play there. I'm just really excited; I really like what they're doing there.
"Coach (Tommy) Connor recruited me the most and I really like him; I've known him for a while. I knew him even before he started to recruit me and I have a good relationship with him."
Several trips to Utah's campus also helped the Utes' case.
"I've been up there and around them a lot," said Van Dyke. "I like the way they recruited me, how they run their practices and I just like how they coach. I'm excited to play for them."