Utah enters the race for 2014 DE Greg Hoyd

Junior defensive end Greg Hoyd (Murrieta, Calif./Vista Murrieta) picked up an offer from the Pac-12 on Thursday, as Utah extended an offer to the 6-foot-1, 191-pound 2014 standout.

It's the third scholarship offer for Hoyd, who adds it to earlier ones from Duke and New Mexico State, and he continues to be excited by the early attention.

"It's definitely early, but I did my work over the summer and my sophomore year," Hoyd said. "I had film from the first couple of games my junior year and coaches are starting to like it. I love the recruiting process and it's good to get started early."

Hoyd and his father have taken unofficial visits to Arizona State, Stanford, UCLA and USC already, as he gets a head start on figuring out what he is looking for in a college first. On the field, he already has a pretty good idea.

"Since I was young, I've wanted to go down south to a place like Alabama," he said. "I like schools with tradition because I can see myself carrying on that tradition of winning and pursuing excellence."

Recruiting is picking up from programs such as Indiana, Nebraska, Oregon, UCLA, Vanderbilt and Washington State, as Hoyd said all those programs have sent letters recently. He said schools haven't talked about what position he might play, but he sees a possibility of a move to linebacker at the next level. But while attention might increase over the coming weeks, Hoyd said he's doing what he can to block it out for now, as the Mustangs prepare for a playoff run after an undefeated regular season.

"We're going in as the No. 1 seed, so we don't want to get kicked out early," Hoyd said. "We don't think about anything else -- just focus on the game."