2015 Intro: DT Sampson Saluone

The Orem (UT) linemen is one of Utah's top sleepers in the trenches...

Sampson Saluone recorded 73 tackles and 16 sacks as a junior, his sack total was good for 1st in the state and 6th nationally amongst defensive tackles. Saluone is a disruptive force, that is beginning to hear from colleges across the country.

"I love to create havoc on offenses," Saluone stated. "I use my power and quick get off to disrupt the offense and make plays. Last year was good, but I am far from satisfied. This year I am aiming for 90 tackles, 20+ sacks, and 8 forced fumbles. Also, like every linemen, I'd love to score a touchdown. We'll see what happens."

If Saluone was two inches taller, he would probably have 20 offers, but at 6'1 303 lbs, schools want to see him in person before offering. As of now, he holds offers from Eastern Washington, North Texas, and most recently Weber State. Saluone is hearing from nearly 20 schools right now, and will camp with a few of his favorite universities.

"It is great to have some options," Saluone explained. "I am open to playing anywhere,and am honestly not too attached to names, I just want to play ball. Of course, the more options the better, but I love the schools that have offered me early on. I am planning to hit a handful of camps this summer, hopefully to get a few more offers. I will be at the NFTC in Oregon, then after that I am going to Washington, USC, Arizona State, Utah, and San Diego State."

While Saluone doesn't have a dream school, he has a school that he would likely commit to on the spot if they offered him.

"I don't have a favorite school," Saluone claimed. "The ideal school would have a good business program, a coaching staff that is cool and has shows me a lot of love, and a campus that is pretty awesome. I'm open to going anywhere, but that is my main criteria. ASU is one of the schools that I have liked a lot early on."

Saluone has elite strength. He is so strong, that if football didn't pan out, he could potentially going into profession powerlifting. Saluone claims a max bench of 450 and a max squat of over 700 lbs.

"My strength is my best attribute right now," Saluone said. "I have an unrelenting motor and when you fuse that together with my power, not too many people can stop me. I am trying to trim down to 290 lbs, so I can become a little quicker. I want to be able to pursue plays better."

Saluone's stock could be on the rise shortly, once schools watch him in person, interest will likely pick up.

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