"Both Val and Jade are a great addition to our program," said Williams. "Their resumes are very impressive, but we were even more impressed with them as individuals. They are very grounded. They have a super work ethic and they bring a great deal of experience into our room. We are excited to have the opportunity to work with them as student-athletes and help them reach their goals."
Jade was the first Triple Crown winner in USA Wrestling history winning national titles in 2009 in all three styles (folkstyle, freestyle and Greco-roman). He has gone undefeated his entire high school career as he holds an impressive 129-0 record and three state titles. He will be going for his fourth straight title this year.
Val is a seven time All-American in Fargo, winning Greco-roman titles twice and runner-up finishes in freestyle twice. He also won the folkstyle nationals in 2008. His high school record is 136-4 and he has won two state titles and one runner-up finish. He will be going for his third title this year.
A day earlier, Williams announced that he had received letter of intent from six other wrestlers; Kyle and Chase Cuthbertson (Scottsboro, Alabama), Logan Addis (Mingus, Arizona), Brian Chamberlain (Moses Lake, Washington), Chris Mayolo (La Center, Washington) and Derek Thomas (Layton, Utah).
The signees mark the best recruiting class that UVU has ever had in its young history.