Sun Devils intrigue Salt

Prior to the 2010 season, Mount San Antonio College's Junior Salt was on a three-year hiatus from football. Nonetheless, judging by his offer sheet it's easy to tell that it didn't take long for the offensive guard to get back on track. ASU is the latest school to join his recruiting sweepstakes and Salt indicated that the Sun Devils have quickly endeared themselves to him.

"(ASU tight ends and special teams) Coach Christian came to my school yesterday and offered me," said the 6-3 350 Junior Salt "When I got to Mt Sac one of my goals was to play in the Pac-12 So I was excited when Arizona State offered me It really answered my prayers

"I know a little about Arizona State because a friend of mine, Paul Unga', who also played at Mt Sac played there I do love that ASU has so many Polynesian players on the team and I want to be at a school that has at least a couple of ‘Polys' there Everything that I watched on the website about Arizona State looked great and I can see myself playing there Everything I saw there the facilities, the weight room…they all got me real excited "

Salt reported weight room marks of 375 lbs benching, 550 squatting and a power clean best of 325 lbs

"I know I'm too heavy now and I want to drop down at least 20 pounds," Salt admitted "I really want to get down to right around 300 – that would be a perfect weight for me

"I have a strong punch and I'm really good at reading the defense Blocking players one on one is one of my favorite things What I do need to work on is not to give up the ‘soft shoulder' when a lineman comes rushing at me My footwork is something else I need to work on "

Two weeks ago Oregon State was the first school to offer Salt and since then he has also fielded offers from Utah, Iowa State, Kansas State and San Diego State He added that Miami and UCLA have been showing strong interest

"Some schools are recruiting me as a defensive tackle," Salt said "But most of the schools are recruiting me as an offensive guard "

Salt prepped at Brighton High School in Salt Lake City and verbaled to UNLV as part of the 2007 recruiting class He did however decide to postpone his college football career in favor of an LDS mission

"For me everything is focused on my family and church," Salt explained "That comes first and ever since I was young I knew I was going to serve on an LDS mission

"I got to serve the mission back home in Tonga It was real great going back to the place where my parents grew up at I can't imagine a better calling then going over there and meeting so much of family that I never met before I really grew and matured through that experience It taught me a lot and helped me see everything in a clearer way " The guard returned from his mission in August of 2009, and then Salt had a change of plans and decided not to follow up on his UNLV commitment and decided not to sign with the Runnin' Rebels He tried to sign with Utah but wasn't able to achieve a qualifying SAT score

Forced to go the Junior College route he started playing for the Mounties in fall of 2010 It a decision that so far has yielded some solid dividends

"I wanted to leave Utah to play football," Salt commented "When I was back home I was just too laid back and relaxed and I really wasn't getting that much done One of my high school coaches told me about Mt Sac and when I came here I just loved it "

Salt started each game as a freshman in Mt Sac's 13-0 campaign as he and his teammates captured their fourth consecutive Southern California championship, as well as the National Division Southern Conference Salt earned All-California honors following that season

The offensive guard hasn't planned any unofficial visits as he loads up on his course load in order to graduate in December and be a mid-year transfer The guard will be a three for two player in terms of eligibility

"I want to finish up the season and then make my decision after that," Salt remarked "I want to go to a school where I can get a good degree I'm still not sure about my major It's either going to be Kinesiology or maybe acting "

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