UW After 2018 Oregon LB

Even though they are still trying to wrap up their 2017 recruiting class, the Husky coaches have already started to focus on 2018 and one of the top middle linebacker prospects in the region, Portland (Or.) Central Catholic's Malakai Salu said the Huskies have been one of the schools showing him the most interest...


Salu visited Montlake for the Portland State game and said he loved the atmosphere.

"My brother (Nate Salu) plays for Portland State, so it was cool to come up and watch him, but it was also nice to see the game atmosphere (at Washington)," Salu told Dawgman.com. "They invited me up and I got a chance to watch their pregame stuff and get a feel for how they do things and the way their coaches work with their guys.

"It was also cool to see the crowd. It wasn't a full house, but the fans were still into it and they made a lot of noise. The game was great too from (Washington's) perspective. They showed how explosive they can be and I think you're also seeing how good they are with the way they are playing."

Salu doesn't have any offers yet, but he said he feels like he could be close.

"Washington seems like the closest to offering me right now," Salu said. "I've gotten to know coach (Bob) Gregory pretty well and he's the main coach talking to me for them.

"He just shares with me how he likes his linebackers to play and he likes to point out what Azeem Victor victor does and he uses that as an example of what he likes his middle linebackers to play like. He compared me to him and said he could see me fitting into the defense like that.

"Besides them, I also have been getting a lot of love from Utah State and Washington State and Oregon State have both been pretty consistent with their contact with me.

"UCLA and USC have both sent for my transcripts, so they are at least a little interested in me, but right now it's early for them."

Salu hit the camp circuit last summer and said he had a great time meeting with and working out for each of the staffs he met.

"I did the Washington, Washington State, Oregon State and the Oregon camps and I actually won MVP at the Rising Stars camp when I was up there," Salu said. "I also went to the Madison (Or.) Showcase event where there were a bunch of schools too."

Salu started as a sophomore and is currently having a solid junior campaign.

"I have over 40 tackles so far and two sacks," Salu said. "I'm a downhill linebacker. I probably am at my best stopping the run, but I've gotten a lot better in pass coverage so I don't really leave the field much.

"I have good speed for a guy my size and I work really hard at shedding blocks and then getting the ball and making the tackle."

Salu said he plans to take his time with the recruiting process and won't rush his decision, but said he's hopeful to have things narrowed down to a top five before his senior season rolls around.

Central Catholic, 4-3 on the season, will take on Douglas this Friday. 

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