Local 2019 LB Mase Funa Talks Recent UCLA Visit

May 12 -- Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei outside linebacker prospect Mase Funa recently made a stop by nearby UCLA and has been drawing interest from all corners of the country...


After a move to Southern California last year, Mase Funa has settled into the area and appears primed for a big junior season.

The outside linebacker arrived at Rancho Santa Margarita (Calif.) Santa Margarita Catholic from Utah and put together a strong sophomore campaign, averaging about five tackles per game in the challenging Trinity League, and now has moved again, this time to state powerhouse Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei.

On the recruiting front, Funa holds early offers from BYUOklahoma and Utah, but those most certainly won't be the only programs in pursuit. For instance, the likes of Ohio StatePenn StateUSC and Washington have been expressing interest lately.

The 6-foot-2, 218-pound prospect recently made a stop by UCLA and told Scout.com the Bruins made an impression.

"The visit was good," Funa said. "It was good to see how they run practices. I wasn't able to meet any of the coaches because we left before practice ended, but the fast pace stood out to me. An offer from UCLA would be pretty big for me, just growing up watching them on TV. I toured the campus and it was nice. I really liked it."

Although Funa is now in California, it's BYU and Utah that look good in the battle for the physical linebacker. His older brother, Solofa Funa, signed with BYU in the 2016 class and he's still got family ties in the Beehive State.

"I'm LDS, so growing up all my life BYU has been a big school for my family," Funa said. "My brother signed there and I would like to go there to play with him. I've been in contact with coach (Kalani) Sitake and coach (Steve) Kaufusi."

BYU and Utah are in line to draw visits at some point in the coming months. The Utes landed a commitment from former Santa Margarita teammate Malone Mataele earlier this spring.

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