RB Matt Asiata Still Undecided

TBS recently spoke with running back Matt Asiata about how the recruiting process is going for him. The Utah Prep star listed his three favorite schools and outlined his official visit schedule. The LDS recruit also explained what he's looking for in a program as well as his current mission plans.

With Letter of Intent day now less than four weeks away, running back Matt Asiata is still carefully considering all of his options. Says Asiata, "I really don't have a favorite right now. I like all the schools that are recruiting me. I'm just going to take my trips and then decide."

Asiata is scheduled to trip to BYU this following weekend and is really looking forward to it. "It will be my first official trip to a college campus to check out their program," Asiata said. "So yeah, I'm excited and sort of curious, you know. I just want to see what it's like up close and compare all of them."

Asiata, a 5-11, 211 pound running back with 4.4 speed, played for Hunter High School in West Valley, Utah. Although listed as only a two star recruit by Scout.com, several schools, nevertheless, are heavily recruiting him.

Even though he played high school ball in Utah, Asiata grew up in California, so he doesn't have any particular allegiance to any local college program entering the recruitment process, "I like both BYU and Utah. They're both great programs."

Asiata has trips scheduled to the University of Utah on Jan 21 and to UNLV the weekend after that. He has offers from Cal and Oregon as well and is looking to see if he can squeeze them in for a visit, "I just want to see all the schools up close before I decide", reaffirms Asiata.

Asiata's main contacts from BYU include Coach Lance Reynolds and Coach Steve Kaufusi. Says Asiata about Kaufusi and Reynolds, "They're just good guys. Very straight-forward and honest, so I like that." Both coaches have made in-home visits with Asiata and he reports that the visits went very well.

Asiata's contacts from the University of Utah have shifted due to Urban Meyer's departure along with a lot of his staff. Says Asiata, "My main contact with Utah was with Coach Uperesa, but he's moved down to coach at UNLV, so now they're recruiting me hard through him. Uperesa is a great guy and a coach I'd like to play for. I just want to go down there and see what else they got."

Unlike recent Utah commitment Harvey Unga who also starred at running back at the high school level, Asiata is being recruiting solely as a running back by BYU along with all the other schools that have offered him. A punishing running back, Asiata has a great combination of speed and power which makes him ideal for coming out of the backfield in any system. Says Asiata, "I feel like I can do it all on the football field. I can move around guys, beat guys to the outside and go through them if necessary and I guess coaches like that who are recruiting me, so they want me to play running back."

Although Asiata isn't familiar with BYU's new offensive system, he's anxious to have a close up look this next weekend and see for himself, "I know they have a new offensive coordinator and all that, but Coach Reynolds told me a lot about the system they'd be running and that I'd become the feature back. He said I'd touch the ball a lot through running it and catching it out of the backfield and I like that."

Asiata, who is LDS, doesn't have immediate mission plans as of right now. "I just want to play as soon as possible," he said. "I love football and I just want to go to a program that will help me become the best football player I can be." Asiata plans on waiting until he's taken all of his visits before committing, but affirms that he'll be willing to commit on either of his trips if it feels right, "I just want to go with which program I feel is right and then go from there."


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