Thor Pili Lists New Top Three

With a scholarship offer from Nebraska now off the table, one of Utah's top defensive recruits has narrowed his choices to a new top three.

Listing his new favorites as Utah, Kentucky and Oregon, Thor Pili, a 6-5, 240-pound defensive end/linebacker prospect from Timpanogos High School, said Nebraska received some other defensive end commitments and recently pulled their offer.

"I would have liked to have gone up there, but the coaches told me they wouldn't have a scholarship for me. It's good they told me beforehand, I guess."

BYU, where his uncle Ifo Pili played out his eligibility last season, may be gaining some ground since it was apparently out of the running several months ago when Pili told, an independent sports website covering Nebraska football, "I talked it over with my family and I probably won't be going there (BYU)."

In his last interview with on Oct. 14, Pili was not planning a recruiting visit to BYU. The Orem standout has since added a Jan. 23 recruiting visit to Provo. "I'm still interested in playing for BYU – not as much as the other schools, right now, but they're definitely an option."

He indicated he will not make up his mind anytime soon. "Utah, Kentucky and Oregon are my top schools right now. I don't have a leader by any means, but those are the three schools on top of my list right now."

Pili has already tripped to Utah and Kentucky, noting he was very impressed with both coaching staffs. "I really like Urban Meyer. He's a great coach and gives you a lot of confidence. I'd like to play for a guy like that. I also liked the campus a lot."

At Kentucky, he is being aggressively recruited by former Utah coach Ron McBride, now a linebacker coach there. "He's a great guy too. He really cares for his players and you can see that."

He added that while most schools are recruiting him as a defensive end, Kentucky wants to use him as a rush-end linebacker in their 3-4 scheme. "I like that option. Playing outside linebacker would be great."

Pili will be visiting Oregon this weekend. "I'm not leaning or anything right now. I'm still pretty much wide-open in regards as to where I'll sign. I have a month to decide and I'm going to take that time to carefully consider which option is best for me."

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