Mauti will check out practice today

Many of the state's top prospects will be attending LSU's Spring Game on Saturday but Mandeville's Michael Mauti (6-2, 215, 4.6) will not be one of them.

Mauti, who is regarded as one of the top linebackers in the South, will instead travel to Baton Rouge today to attend practice at LSU since he will miss the game because of a track meet.

 

So far, he has received three offers from Oklahoma, Florida and Louisiana Tech but is receiving interest from a large number of big-time schools.

 

Is there an offer in the works from LSU?

 

"Basically, I talked to coach (Josh) Henson last week and we talked about me coming in this week to watch a practice and take my visit," said Mauti, who recorded 121 tackles, 24 for loss, four sacks two interceptions and even managed to catch two touchdown passes as a short-yardage tight end last season.

 

"As far as an offer, he told me that they would have to wait until the spring to evaluate me further and then based on that performance I would receive an offer or not."

 

One thing that Mauti likes when he looks at LSU is the depth chart and roster and that has the Tigers sitting in his top five.

 

"Roughly, and in no order, my top five is Oklahoma, LSU, Florida, Notre Dame and Louisiana Tech," said Mauti. "I like LSU because they didn't recruit many linebackers last year and this is a good linebacker class. I feel like we could come in and help the team right away."

 

Although the standout linebacker lives an hour away from Baton Rouge and in SEC country, LSU was not always the team he grew up rooting for.

 

"I've always known about LSU and followed them, but my dad went to Penn State, so I was always torn between the two," said Mauti. "My brother is up there now; he walked on and is a red-shirt sophomore receiver."

 

As for following in his brother and dad's footsteps of playing college ball outside the state, Mauti would not have a problem leaving Louisiana to go play but said he wouldn't mind staying either.

 

"I actually never thought I'd be in this situation," said Mauti. "Leaving is not a big deal for me. I'm going to go to whatever place I fit in the best. That said, I think about all the people I know here and to be able to play in front of them would be awesome.


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