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Utah Recruiting: Timpview vs. Lone Peak

I went to watch standout BYU recruits <b>Justin Soi, Luke Ashworth</b> and <b>Matt Reynolds</b> -- and came away with a new "one to watch" in <b>Harvey Unga</b>.

Justin Soi, the 6-5 younger brother of BYU 2003 signee Brian, played an impressive game against Lone Peak, the team that beat Timpview in the state semi-finals last year. He faced constant double teams from his defensive end position and still provided decent pressure on the outside during passing situations with tackles in the backfield. Lone Peak ran to the opposite side most of the game.

(Brian Soi is currently attending a military prep school in Virginia and is playing without any loss of his four-year college eligibility, but he must still pass his ACT test this fall before he can enroll in January at BYU.)

Timpview head football coach Van Orden stopped practice last week to allow Soi to receive an official invitation letter to participate in the post-season Army All-Star Game held in Texas. It is the same game that elevated Utahn defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, currently an Oregon standout defensive tackle, to the top of the national recruiting lists following his performance in that game.

Meanwhile, teammate Luke Ashworth continues to shine and is regarded by some recruiting analysts as the best Utah college prospect as a junior linebacker. In three games this season, Ashworth already has four sacks and has racked up over a 100 yards rushing and receiving on offense. He's quick, elusive and has great athleticism as a wide receiver. At 6-2, 190 pounds, he runs a 4.5 forty.

Ashworth told TotalBlueSports.com he will commit to BYU when he receives an official scholarship offer from the school, adding he has already informed other colleges of his intentions.

Another major prospect is fellow junior teammate Matt Reynolds, considered one of the best junior defensive line prospects in Utah. He's big, strong and has outstanding feet. At 6-5 and 275 pounds, Reynolds will likely be the top Utah prospect as a defensive or offensive tackle his senior year. Reynolds is the son of Lance Reynolds, the offensive line coach at BYU.

But the biggest surprise of the game was Timpview tailback Harvey Unga. With excellent speed and a toughness and tenacity to match, he has great hands out of the backfield.

Unga was the key in Timpview's win over Lone Peak, scoring three touchdowns. It was the way he did it that was more impressive. Up the middle, he was elusive and hard to tackle. Around the end, he showed speed. He also caught touchdown passes against the best safety on the Lone Peak team from out of the backfield to put away the game. Only a junior, Unga will likely continue to raise eyebrows with this type of game performance. Unga attended BYU's camp this past summer.

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