Pili Reverses Himself on BYU Visit

The on-again, off again BYU recruiting visit for one of Utah's top defensive recruits that was unexpectedly rescheduled yesterday for this weekend was canceled yet again this morning, <b>TotalBlueSports.com</b> has learned.

Thor Pili, a 6-5, 240-pound defensive end/linebacker from Timpanogos High School, told TBS at 11:29 p.m. (Utah time) Thursday night that "I wasn't planning to make the trip to BYU, but I decided to after talking to the (BYU) coaches."

The Pili family met with Cougar assistant coaches Barry Lamb and Steve Kaufusi on Wednesday night. They did not meet with head coach Gary Crowton this week, but had home visits by the head coaches from Utah (Urban Meyer) and Oregon (Mike Bellotti).

BYU assistant Barry Lamb learned of Pili's reversal this morning after 9 a.m. when Thor's mother, Lani Pili, called to let him know "and he was disappointed. I told him there's no part of BYU that Thor hasn't seen, so a visit was not really necessary."

Thor, who was "working on homework assignments until 3:30 this morning," was unavailable for comment. Lani said the other factor was Thor had important school and family engagements tonight and tomorrow night he had to attend.

"Thor's a student body officer and they said he would lose 100 points if he missed tonight's school activity. He's missed so much school because of recruiting trips and he spent a week in Las Vegas with his uncle Ifo (Pili, a former Cougar lineman, to watch his Ifo play in a senior All-Star Classic game). Tomorrow night, we have a very important family event he has to be there for," Lani said.

She added that "we figured with both activities, we'd be wasting BYU's time if he could not stay for the main activities during the visit," she said. "Also, I think Thor has it narrowed down to Oregon and Utah. We (husband Junior and her) pushed for his BYU visit, but there was just too much happening right now."

Thor had indicated to a reporter for TheInsiders.com Wednesday he would likely decide today (Friday) which school he would commit to out of Oregon and Utah.

His mother confirmed today the entire Pili family (one uncle, six aunts and their spouses), will be gathering Saturday night at his grandfather's (Falemao Pili) Provo home to hold a special family fast before he announces his final decision Sunday evening.

"Thor has really weighed all the pros and cons for the schools he's considering as much as a 17-year-old can do. It's been tough, but it's been a well thought out process for him. He's ready to express his independence and take on the big, wide world," Lani continued.

Thor's father, Junior Pili, played football for the Cougars from 1987-91 and has earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Provo school.

Thor is the eldest of six children – Thor (17), Tolu (15), Jordan (12), Ina (11), Dallin (6) and Lauryn (4).

"If he (Thor) comes back after the family fast (Sunday) and says that BYU is the place, that will be fine with us. We will not push him to a decision he may later regret. I just want him to play anywhere he has an opportunity to in a comfortable environment – as long as he's doing the best he can academically and athletically," Lani concluded.

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