"If I had To Commit Now..."

Brian Soi, a 6-3, 285 pound two way lineman from Provo (Utah) Timpview is one of the nation's top prospects and is off to a strong start this season. Soi said he knows where he would go if he had to commit right now but also added there's a certain Northwest school that is looking very good as well.

Timpview is currently rated the No. 1 team in the state and Soi is a big reason why. He has nine sacks in four games and is the leader of one of the strongest defensive lines on the West Coast.

"It's almost not fun sometimes because the players I'm going up against are so much smaller and weaker than me," Soi said. "I've sat out the whole second half in a couple of games we've played."

With Soi's combination of size and physical ability, he would be a monster no matter what the competition was. He was tossing around offensive lineman like rag dolls at the NorCal Nike Camp and tested off the charts as well running a 5.09 in the 40, 4.34 in the shuttle, jumped 26 inches in the vertical and did 27 reps on the bench. Scholarship offers have come in from BYU, Utah, USC, Penn State, Colorado, Washington State, Washington, Hawaii, Arizona State, Arizona, Oregon, Nebraska and Tennessee.

"I'm not going to set up my trips until after the season," Soi said. "My mom and younger brother Justin will go on all the trips with me. I want to stay on the West and I'm not considering going back East or playing in the South. BYU, USC, Nebraska and Oregon are four trips I know I'll take and I'm keeping the last one open.

"If I had to commit right now, it would be BYU but I've been talking with Mathew Malele (Soi's cousin) a lot and we've discussed going to Oregon together. I know I'll at least take a trip there and if he goes there, it will have an impact on what I decide to do."

Soi said he has not planning to go on a Mormon mission right now but hasn't ruled it out either. The talented lineman plays on both sides of the ball and said all of the schools will allow him to pick where he wants to play.

"I prefer defense," Soi said. "Tackle or end, it doesn't matter, I'll play anywhere on the line." Academically Soi is carrying a 2.7 GPA and scored a 16 on the ACT.


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