By Andrew Gorringe
When you think of Utah football, you probably think of defense. When you think of a Utah defense, you also probably think of the defensive line. The Utes have a long standing tradition of excellence on the defensive line, and with a likely draft early entrée and another senior in the starting rotation, the Utes will need add some more bodies to that position group during the 2017 recruiting cycle.
One of the many recruits that the Utes have begun to target on the defensive line is Carson Senior HS defensive tackle Nyrobi Akai.
At 6’2-250lbs, Akai has great athleticism for his position, and he’s starting to see his recruitment pick up, despite not holding any offers at the time.
“My recruitment is a great process. I’m really enjoying it. Waiting for offers is a bit stressful, but it’s good.”
Despite no offers, Akai has a long list of schools taking interest in him, as he says he stays in contact mostly with USC, Oregon, Washington State, Utah, Utah State, Arizona, LSU and Missouri. When asked if he feels any schools are close to offering, Akai pointed out Utah State, Washington State and USC.
One of the schools interested in Akai at this point is the Utes, and Akai holds them in high regards. “I would love to be a Ute. When I couldn’t attend their junior day it me hard, but I’ve watched Utah play from a very young age. Utah is somewhere I’ve always wanted to play.”
Akai says his level of contact with the Ute coaching staff is still growing at this point, as he’s mainly just receiving letters from the coaching staff, but he’s eager to see it continue, as the Utes are one of his top potential schools.
“Growing up, I’ve always wanted to play in the PAC 12, so my top schools at the moment would USC, Oregon and Utah.”
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With the 2016 season getting closer and closer, Akai is just staying patient, and knows that the offers will come if he has a strong senior season. He’s working hard in the off season to make sure that the season is a success for him and his team. “I can always improve on my speed, violent hands, and knowledge on my position.”