Recruiting: Louisiana LB will check out OU

Mandeville, La. linebacker Michael Mauti profile and update.


College coaches love linebackers who will hit somebody, and that is exactly what Michael Mauti is noted for. He is a one-man wrecking crew and the type of player that can control the game from his linebacker position. His all-around talent makes him one of the top linebackers in Louisiana, and many feel one of the very best in the country."

"It makes me feel like it is a little bit of a stretch," said Mauti the talk about his game. "It has a nice ring to it and I am going to keep working hard to become that kind of player. It is very complimentary, but I try not to let it get in my way of my senior season. I still have another season to play and I want to make sure it is my best season."

Last season, Mauti finished with 121 tackles, 24 tackles for loss, four sacks, two interceptions (both returned for touchdowns) and two forced fumbles.

"When I was a sophomore I played nose guard at 185 pounds," said Mauti. "I actually weighed that much on my good days. I went up against some guys who were 300 pounds. That was fun. I was trying to be as scrappy as I could. I would shoot the gap most of the time and I had some fun. That is for sure. I just wanted to be on the field and contribute to my team at that time. Actually, that attitude hasn't changed for me because I will play any position that my coach wants me to play. I will play either the weak or the strong linebacker position this year. I don't care which one."

Mauti can bench 315 pounds, squats 420 and he has posted a 32-inch vertical jump. He also runs track in the 4X200 meter relay, 4X100 meter relay and the open 100M (11.0) and open 200M (22.8).

Mauti has been offered by Oklahoma, Florida and Louisiana Tech, but right now he is keeping his recruiting totally open.

"Right now I am just trying to keep everything equal and find out about everybody that I can," said Mauti. "I am going to take a visit to Oklahoma at the end of April, and that will help me form some opinions on them. I am very interested in a big-time school like that. I am interested, but I am trying to keep my options open so I am keeping everybody in the same boat. That will help me make a good decision."

Mauti admits that at this point he is just doing as much research as he can on the schools that has offered him, and about the recruiting process in general.

"I have started to read about Oklahoma some this week," said Mauti. "I am going to start researching Florida and Louisiana Tech as well. I do have an interest in a few schools, in no particular order, Oklahoma, Florida, LSU, Penn State, Notre Dame and Louisiana Tech."

Mauti has qualified.

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