Arkansas defensive lineman with starting experience announces move to transfer portal
Arkansas is set to lose some depth on its defensive line because of the entry into the transfer portal for a veteran with starting experience.
Mataio Soli announced the move on social media, and wrote, “I am officially in the transfer portal and my recruitment is open…better days ahead.”
He made 6 tackles in 12 games last season.
Soli, who is listed as 6-foot-4 and 245 pounds and was a 4-star recruit appeared in 17 games for the Razorbacks throughout his career and recorded 30 tackles (10 solo), 3.0 TFL, 0.5 sacks and a fumble recovery across 3 seasons. Soli also added half a sack and 1 tackle for a loss.
The Douglassville (Ga.) native was the No. 326 overall player in the 247Sports Composite rankings for the class of 2019. He was the No. 20 defensive end in the class and the No. 34 overall prospect in the state of Georgia. He chose the Razorbacks over an offer list that included Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Kentucky, Vanderbilt, Clemson, Florida State, Notre Dame, Oregon, Stanford and Wisconsin among others.
Here’s a portion of his Arkansas bio:
2020 (SOPHOMORE): Played in nine games and made only start of the season at defensive end against LSU (Nov. 21) … Registered five tackles (solo solo) with a half-tackle for loss and a quarterback hurry … Tied career-high making three tackles, including a half-tackle for loss, in the win over Ole Miss (Oct. 17) … Registered a tackle and quarterback hurry against LSU (Nov. 21) … According to Pro Football Focus, played in 213 defensive and 96 special teams plays, recording a season-high game defensive grade of 68.1 against Tennessee (Nov. 7).
2019 (FRESHMAN): Played in all 12 games as a freshman for the Razorbacks in 2019, starting the last 11 at defensive end … Totaled 550 plays, with 497 coming on the defensive line, according to Pro Football Focus … Recorded 19 tackles, nine solo, with 1.5 for loss, getting credit for two quarterback hurries … Had at least one stop in 11 games … Posted a season-high three stops, two solo, against both Ole Miss (Sept. 7) and Auburn (Oct. 19) … Tallied multi-tackle games against San Jose State (Sept. 21), Kentucky (Oct. 12), Alabama (Oct. 26) and Missouri (Nov. 29) … Put together PFF tackling grades over 71.0 in eight games, with a season-high 76.5 at Ole Miss … Finished with his best overall defensive marks against the Rebels at 76.7.