No End to Options for Fili

There is nothing small about the top recruit in the state of Utah, except perhaps his ego. He towers over his peers on the field and in the weight room, but he is also warm and approachable. caught up with the enormous defensive lineman from Salt Lake City to talk a little recruiting and find out how he did in his season opener.

Simi Fili started his senior year at Cottonwood High School with a bang last week. He picked off a screen pass thrown by a Brighton High School quarterback.

"Yeah, I just read the play," Fili said. "I saw that it was a screen play and so I just reached my hand up and grabbed the ball out the air. I was then able to run for about 10 yards."

The 6-foot-4, 325-pound defensive tackle recently returned from a trip across the country to visit different schools.

"I was in every time zone," Fili said. "I went to Tennessee, Nebraska, Oklahoma State and Arizona State. I had a really good time seeing all the schools. It was great to get a different perspective on the schools."

While at Tennessee, Fili was able to attend a press conference featuring recently returned missionary J.T. Mapu.

"That was amazing," Fili said. "To see such a big time program like Tennessee hold a press conference for him as he returned from his mission was great to see. That's one thing that is important to me. I want a school this fine with me taking my mission."

Fili said he does not have a top five right now, but he will be sitting down his parents soon to figure out his top five.

When asked about BYU, Fili had an interesting response. He said that BYU is definitely up there with his favorites but he has not heard much from the coaches.

"In the past I've had a few conversations with coach Kafusi," said Fili. "They said they were cool with me looking around at other schools."

Fili said he has been down to BYU to visit numerous times, but just has not gotten the attention from BYU that other schools have shown him.

The giant D-lineman said that BYU's record this year would not affect their chances of landing him.

"I'm not worried about their success," said Fili. "The thing I'm looking for in choosing a school is the relationship I have with the position coach."

One interesting factor in the Fili equation is Braden Brown, from Highland High School, who committed to BYU a few months a go.

"Having Braden commit to BYU is a really big factor to me," Fili said. "He is a long time friend of mine, and I would love to play on the same team as him. He is a great person. He is very responsible, and takes care of himself. Me on the other hand, I like to overeat. Braden is just a spiritual person and very disciplined. BYU is getting a great football player."

Simi's cousin Stanley Havili who graduated from Cottonwood last year is currently at USC. He and Simi have stayed in touch.

"We talk a lot." Fili said. "He loves it at USC. He's looking forward to the season starting and hoping to get playing time his first year."

Fili said he will be setting up official visits to schools here soon, and plans on taking officials to Tennessee, Oklahoma State, and Nebraska.


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