Snow College RB Matt Asiata

Snow (Utah) College running back Matt Asiata (6-2, 230) isn't much fun to tackle head on. A powerful back with size and speed, Asiata is built like a middle linebacker. He's a big reason why Snow is undefeated, and played a big role in this weekend's win over defending NJCAA champs, Glendale.

But the strengths that make him a productive running back are what is catching the eye of several colleges.

"I've talked to coaches at Florida, talked to coaches at Utah then BYU and Utah State," said Asiata.

A non-qualifier out of high school, Asiata had verbal offers from Cal, Utah and BYU his senior year at Hunter High in West Valley, Utah.

"I had offers but had to go to Snow instead," said Asiata.

He graduated in 2005 and spent the 2005 season at Snow, which turned out to be a productive year for him.  Asiata rushed for 781 yards on 144 carries, averaging 5.4 yards a carry and scored five touchdowns.

This year, despite missing a Badgers game two weeks ago with a hamstring injury, he had rushed for 459 yards in four games on 61 carries (7.5 ypc) and had scored six touchdowns.  He's rushing for 114.8 yards a game at the halfway point. We don't yet have his stats from this past Saturday's win at Glendale.

"(Two weeks ago) I sat out because I had a hamstring injury, but this week, I'm just getting ready for Glendale," said Asiata last week.

Asiata hasn't set up an official visit yet, nor has he received an offer but said he was hoping to at least begin to set some up.

"I'm trying to set up one with Florida and maybe some other ones.  I just have to do what's best for my family," said Asiata.  "I'll be done with my A.A. in May and I can leave in the summer."


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