The Browns on Tuesday signed free agent Paul Kruger as their new pass rusher. When Urban Meyer got him, he thought he might be getting a quarterback.

Kruger signed with Utah's 2004 recruiting class, Meyer's first full recruiting class after taking Utah's head coaching job in December of 2002. The Utes went 10-2 in Meyer's first season in 2003, and he assembled a 25-man class that signed on Feb. 4, 2004.

This was the news from the Salt Lake Tribune after Kruger gave his pledge to Meyer in September 2003, as Meyer's first season at his new job, after leaving Bowling Green, was just beginning:

Urban Meyer has promised to revitalize the University of Utah football program, and there is at least one in-state recruit who believes him.

Timpanogos quarterback Paul Kruger, 6-foot-5, 235 pounds, has committed to Utah. Kruger chose the Utes over Oregon and Oregon State, his father's alma mater.

"I really like coach Meyer, and I think he is going to make the program skyrocket," Kruger said. "It's the right place for me, and I think I have a good chance of playing soon."

Kruger, from Orem, Utah, was a two-star recruit as ranked by Rivals.com. According to a Salt Lake Tribune story from 2007, Kruger had several offers but chose Utah in part because the Utes offered him the chance to play quarterback.