2018 OLB Salua Masin (Gabe Brooks / SCOUT)

Scout 300 Linebacker Salua Masina Recaps LSU Visit, Plans Potential SEC, Pac-12 Trips

NEW ORLEANS -- Four-star Utah linebacker Salua Masina earned his position's MVP at The Opening New Orleans, where Scout caught up with him to learn more about his recruitment.

The day before four-star outside linebacker Salua Masina earned the Linebacker MVP at The Opening New Orleans regional camp, he visited the LSU Tigers since he was already in South Louisiana for the weekend.

The 6-foot-4, 205-pound pass-rusher does not yet own an offer from the Bayou Bengals, but said he got a good feeling from the coaching staff and enjoyed his visit.

"I loved it there. It just felt like home to me," said Masina, No. 145 overall in the 2018 Scout 300. "The vibes I got from there were all great. The coaches loved me and showed me a lot of attention."

Masina said he got to talk quite a bit with defensive line coach Pete Jenkins and defensive coordinator Dave Aranda, who want him on the edge and getting after the quarterback.


Masina already owns double-digit offers, including programs such as USCUCLA, Washington State, CaliforniaUtahBYULouisville, and Vanderbilt. He said no leaders have emerged yet, but pointed to Vanderbilt, Washington State, Cal, and USC as schools he hears from a lot.

Vanderbilt and Washington State are two programs he wants to check out this offseason. Masina said inside linebackers coach Chris Marve recruits him for the Commodores, while multiple coaches recruit him for Washington State.

"They're all showing me some love," Masina said of Wazzu. "They told me, 'We like you outside rushing the quarterback more. We like your speed and how physical you are.' Just my overall play."

Other than Hawai'i, Vandy is the longest distance from home of Masina's offers. Given that fact, he said he will look for a specific feeling when he visits.

"A homey vibe, making it feel like home there," Masina said. "I obviously want to feel like I belong there."

In the meantime, Masina said he's working on improving his game, which impressed during Sunday's camp in New Orleans.

"Definitely speed," Masina pinpointed as an area to improve, "and trying to gain some weight and get bigger, and physicality, of course."


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