Family is important at Utah. It's something Kyle Whittingham preaches consistently. The Utah football program is one big family. When you've got a blood relative on the roster, that makes the family feel even stronger and that's what Utah target Simi Moala has. Moala visited over the weekend and got to take in the game while spending time with his cousin.
"My visit was fun. I want to go back. My host was CJ Poutasi, who is my first cousin. His mom and my dad are brother are sister. It was exciting to see him. We go back to when we were 8 years old."
The game atmosphere was one of the big standouts for Moala with the exciting finish going Utah's way.
"Being one of my home schools (USC), it was fun and interesting to watch. It was good that Utah came out with a win."
The family feel that Utah shows was a big standout for Moala.
"One of the first things I noticed was the love that each player had for each other. With all of the difference ethnicities, everyone got along great."
The 6-7, 250 pound prospect could end up on either side of the line, but the Utes want him on D, and he likes the thought of that.
"Utah wants me as a defensive end. The coaches said that the offensive coaches are fighting over me to get me to switch over, but I want to come in as a defensive end."
Getting the chance to watch one of the top defensive lines in the country has also given him a lot of motivation to continue to get better himself.
"I always knew that Utah has had a good defensive line. That guy Hunter, he's good. He's a beast. It gives me motivation watching them play defensive line. Just watching D-Cocks, it was good seeing them come off the edge."
Moala is up to four offers, but isn't ready to name a leader.
"Miami (FL), Utah, Washington State, and Illinois just offered me a week or two ago. Everyone is pretty even. Not really leaning anywhere at this point. All the schools have a great education. I just want a place where I'm comfortable and can fit in."
Despite having two visits in the books (Utah and Washington State), Moala is going to take his time before deciding.
"I'm not going to decide anytime soon. Utah did give me a wonderful visit and that meant a lot to me."
Visit Report: Simi Moala
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