Gasu ready to get after it

A very popular lineman in the JC ranks so far this spring has been Santa Ana DT Spencer Gasu (6-3, 310). His coach even said they were trying to get him his own mailbox to accommodate all the mail he's been receiving, but even with all that attention, Gasu told he still has things he's working on to become an even more attractive prospect.

"I'm working really hard on my strength this year," Gasu said. "I bench 330 right now, but I know if I'm going to play at the next level and even past that I need to get stronger. There are some really strong dudes on our team and that's helping to push me to get better and work that much harder."

Gasu prepped at Valencia High School and was a standout at tight end and along the defensive line, but he didn't qualify so he decided to enroll at Mt. San Antonio because he had some friends already playing for the Mounties.

"I lived with some islanders up there that I knew and it was pretty cool," Gasu said. "I greyshirted there and things just kind of fell apart with my living situation so I decided to come back home and go to Santa Ana now.

"The coaches at Mt. SAC were great and they have a ton of talented players up there. I loved my time up there, but things just didn't work out for me to stay there."

Last year, his first season of JC ball, Gasu was used in three different positions for the Dons. He spent the first seven games working in the rotation at the defensive tackle position, but when the need arose for a player to take the right tackle spot that was open because of an injury to the player who was already there.

"I started the first three games at defensive tackle and had four sacks, but then I hurt my knee and they just used me in passing downs to rush the quarterback," Gasu said. "Then when our right tackle went down, the coaches came to me and asked me to move because they needed a guy over there.

"I did it and I didn't give up a sack in the three games I played. It was different and really sort of strange being on that side. I had never played tackle before so I was kind of learning on the go."

This year though, Gasu is penciled in as the starter in the middle of the Dons' defensive line and he doesn't expect to have to move again.

"I'm looking forward to getting after it again," Gasu said. "This year should be fun because we have some really good players coming back and some talented younger guys that will be good too."

On the recruiting front, Gasu is hearing Kansas State, Oregon, Oregon State, USC, Texas A&M, Nevada and San Diego State.

"Kansas State, Oregon State and Oregon have all told me they are really close to offering me and that they wanted to offer me," Gasu said. "BYU was recruiting for a while, but I haven't heard much from them lately so, I don't think they are recruiting me anymore."

Gasu has family in Utah and said location will play a role in where he ends up, but more than anything he's just looking for a chance to play.

"I want to play past college," Gasu said. "That means I really need to have a chance to come in and play early so I can show what I can do and get better.

"I'm looking for good coaches and the prestige of the program too. I'm pretty much looking for the whole package."

Gasu plans to graduate in December and will have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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