Intro 2016: OLB Simian Matagi

Matagi could be one of the next great prospects from Bingham (UT)...

Simian Matagi is 6-2 1/2 200 pounds with the perfect frame to become a great pass rusher. The Bingham outside linebacker has tremendous length and should be able to add 25-30 pounds of muscle between now and signing day 2016. Matagi has been impressive throughout the camp circuit and is a lock to start for Bingham this fall.

"I've been working hard this offseason and feel really good heading into the season," Matagi claimed. "I went to the Mountain West Elite Camp for a few weeks this spring and that really helped me out. I improved me technique there and came away with a lot. I also felt good about my performances at All Poly and the Utah Elite Camp. I have been getting recruited by Utah a good amount this summer. At All Poly I heard from Texas Tech and Boise State. They seemed interested in me, so we'll see if anything becomes of that. I also got offered by Virginia Union while at camp."

Matagi's dad played for Utah in the 90's and it sounds like Utah may be his early favorites.

"I definitely grew up watching the Utes," Matagi said. "I am open to going anywhere, but Utah is a school that I am really interested in. I love that they are in the Pac-12, the facilities are great, and I like the coaching staff. It's still pretty early in the process, a lot can happen in the next few years."

Matagi has all the tools to be a good D1 linebacker. He is a fluid athlete that can play the pass as well as the run. If he adds the necessary muscle, he could end up one of the best prospects in Utah for 2016. Coach Peck speaks very highly of the rising junior, and believes he is one of the most important players on the 2014 Bingham defense. He is one to keep an eye on this fall.

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