Salt Lake City (Utah) Cottonwood defensive lineman Simi Fili is the top recruit in the state by a pretty wide margin. The mammoth tackle prospect had a busy July taking several unofficial visits and said he has a decent idea of where he'll be going for his official trips.
Fili, 6-3, 340 pounds is one of the strongest players in the country and first caught our eye at a NIKE combine two years ago. At the time, we still remember a quote from one of Fili's assistant coaches who said Fili was further along at the time than NFL 1st round pick Haloti Ngata who he also coached.
On the recruiting front, Fili took unofficial visits in July to Arizona State, Nebraska, Oklahoma State and Tennessee and said all four schools were very impressive.
"I had a great time at each of the schools," Fili said. "At each of the schools, I thought at one point on the visit that this might be the place for me. They were all different but I felt comfortable at each school and got along well with the coaching staff and those are going to be two of the biggest factors for me in picking a school.
"I can't really say if one school stood out over the others and I'm still trying to sort things out. I know I want to take all five of my official visits and I hope to narrow my list to five pretty soon. Three schools I'm pretty sure I'll visit are Oklahoma State, Tennessee and Nebraska. I'm also looking at ASU, Colorado and Oregon. BYU is another school I've visited and have interest in but I'm not hearing as much from them as the other schools. I'm still considering them though but I don't know if I'll take an official visit since it's close to home."