Recruiting: Fili Sends Mad Love to OSU Fans

The prospect turnout at Oklahoma State's spring football game was light last weekend because of the high school track season and the Nike Combine being held at Texas A&M, but there was one big name and a big body. Simi Fili of Salt Lake City (Cottonwood), Utah, was in Stillwater for the Orange-White Game on Saturday. The 6-4, 315-pound defensive tackle had a message to pass along to OSU fans.

"Mad love to OSU fans," said Fili. "I have never seen so many people at a spring game in my life. They really love their team and I loved their enthusiasm and I love Mr. Pickens (Boone Pickens) generosity to the football team."

Fili is one of the best defensive line prospects in the country and Oklahoma State was his first campus trip away from home. He took the unofficial visit primarily because of his connection with high school teammate and OSU freshman quarterback Alex Cate. Fili arrived on Friday and stayed until Sunday.

"It was a wonderful experience seeing what they have to offer at Oklahoma State," said Fili. "It was breathtaking ... the facilities. They are the best I've ever seen and they are going to have even more. The coaches were the nicest coaches, and then the support from all the fans. Standing on the sideline for the spring game ... I wanted to play so bad."

Fili has offers from USC, BYU, Utah, Nebraska, Tennessee, Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon and Oregon State, among others. Oklahoma State has offered and has a solid advantage in Fili's relationship with the Cate family.

"I call Alex's mom mom, and his dad is like my dad," Fili said of the Cate family. "They have took care of me and helped me go to numerous camps and the Nike Combine. Of course, Mr. Cate is a coach at our school and Alex is a good friend. He has been my quarterback."

Fili has been able to show off at combines and camps as he runs a 5.1 in to 40-yard dash, outstanding for his size. His strength is unbelievable as he has a 435-pound bench max and a 700-pound squat max.

Fili is playing rugby this spring saying he had to stay in shape and he has to hit somebody. He also said he will take his five official recruiting visits before making a final decision on his college choice.

"That was an unofficial trip for me to Oklahoma State, but I am going to schedule an official visit so I can take my parents," added Fili. "I told my mom and dad that you got to see this (OSU)."

Fili said he did grow up cheering for BYU, but that he is not going to let that dictate his decision.

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