Nevada Linebacker Visits Tempe

For each of the last two years, the state of Nevada has produced a member of the ASU recruiting class. Josh Mauga, who visited Tempe this past weekend, could make it three in a row. DevilsDigest talked to the linebacker's high school coach, who believes the sky is the limit for his player.

Coach Ray Holladay said that at 6-3 235 Mauga (pronounced Maga) isn't only the best athlete in northern Nevada, but perhaps in the whole state "He was a runner-up in the state's heavyweight wrestling championships," he said. "Last year was his first season of track and he broke records in disc and shot-put. He's special kid, and kids like him don't come along often."

The Churchill County high school (located in Fallon, Nev.) coach claimed that Mauga is a "team first" type of individual, which was extra beneficial in adjusting to the schemes of Holladay who's in the midst of his first year of coaching with the school. "Before I got here, he was the go-to guy that would touch the ball 40 times each game," remarked Holladay. "I believe in a spread out offense. So since I've been here his touches went down, but his averages went up." At the end of his senior season, the ASU prospect amassed 887 yards on 125 caries, and scored eight touchdowns (six of them rushing).

Mauga plays both running back and linebacker, and his coach clearly sees him as the later. "We never take him out when we're on defense," he said. "That's where I see him playing in college. He's just 17, and because he was too big for Pop Warner, he has been playing football for only four years. He has unlimited potential, and that says a lot for a player on a 3-6 team."

Aside from ASU, Mauga is being recruited by the likes of Oregon, Boise State, Fresno State, and UNLV.

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