Nate Ritchie signed with Utah as one of the highest-rated prospects in the 2020 class, and for good reason.
The versatile Lone Peak athlete proved one of the better playmakers the state of Utah has seen over recent years, with the Utes noting his abilities early and often during the recruiting process. Ultimately Ritchie was rated a 4-star prospect and signed Utah over multiple Pac-12 offers, and will look to contribute immediately as a true freshman.
It was amazing to have Utah offer and my relationship with the coaches there has just grown since, Ritchie said upon signing with Utah. I had other offers, but Utah was always the school that showed the most interest and the school I felt most comfortable with.
Ritchie is a 6-foot-3, 200-pound athlete who played defensive back, kicker and wide receiver for the Knights, with safety the position he played at most. He’ll seek to play at safety while at Utah with his odds at contributing immediately buoyed by several starters in the Ute secondary moving on to the NFL, including Terrell Burgess and Julian Blackmon.
So what can fans expect from Ritchie for this coming season and thereafter? The natural comparison most people would make is with Chase Hansen. He obviously comes from the same high school, but he also played the same position, although there’s certainly some differences I see when watching Ritchie’s film.