Brian Soi Hooks Up With BYU Coaches

Gary Crowton hit the road today, if you call going to Orem hitting the road. The BYU head coach, along with assistant coach Robbie Bosco, did a home visit with Brian Soi, the Timpview High star lineman. We talked to Soi just minutes before his home visit and got some interesting insights into his favorites and where the Cougars rank on his list…

One of the Cougars top priorities in the recruiting wars is right in the BYU backyard. Brian Soi, the 6-3, 292 pound defensive lineman from Provo (Utah) Timpview High was visited by BYU coaches Gary Crowton and Robbie Bosco Monday afternoon just a day after returning from his trip to Oregon.

Soi has now taken two of his three planned visits after visiting USC the week before.

The senior who had 11 sacks and was voted 1st team all-state for the third consecutive year has already had home visits from Tennessee, Oregon, Colorado, USC, BYU, Texas and Washington and says ASU will be in his home tomorrow (Tues.) and Oregon coaches, including head coach Mike Belloti, will be in town on Thursday.

Right now, however, it's a three horse race with Oregon, BYU and USC the clear favorites as Soi has cancelled trips to Tennessee and Nebraska.

"The trips are wearing me out," he laughed.

Speaking of his trip to Eugene this past weekend, Soi said, "It was sweet, so sweet. I loved the players and how tight they are. The facilities are the best in the nation and it was great kicking it to Haloti Ngata and all the d-linemen. They're all Polys (Polynesians). We stayed up to 5 am playing Madden 2003."

Soi said Oregon is his favorite right now, but stresses he wouldn't commit to the Ducks before his Jan. 17 visit to BYU. He liked USC, saying, "It was sweet, too, and I liked the players there as well, but I'm not crazy about the environment. Plus, the nightlife there is kind of crazy."

About BYU, he said his trip will determine if the Cougars can overtake Oregon. It's not out of the question, though: asked if Oregon's lead over BYU was really big.

"Not really," he said.

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