He is grateful for the opportunity to show his talents at the Combine, since he didn't even expect to be invited.
"I'm from USC, so I play with Brian Cushing, Rey Maualuga and Clay Matthews -- they are all big names," he said. "With four linebackers it's pretty hard to get into the Combine, but fortunately we got in and it's been a great experience."
LB Kaluka Maiava
But while it's hard to stand out at a big-time program like USC, it makes the transition to the next level that much easier.
"It shows the competition that we go through everyday and the greatness of our university," Maiava said. "Our team is amazing and it is stacked with a bunch of great players. It just shows the stature of our team."
There are reasons Maiava is projected to be a late-round pick while his cohorts all carry much higher draft grades. Maiava lacks ideal bulk and has just one season of starting experience. He also had surgery on his thumb and wrist prior to the 2008 season.
Maiava will likely be drafted in the sixth or seventh round. The Bolts may try to snatch him up to replace Marques Harris, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent.
Maiava can't do a standing back-flip like Harris can, but he feels he's more than capable of filling Harris' shoes.
"I've got a lot of heart. I'm not the biggest guy in the world, but I play with passion and I'm a great linebacker," he said. "I know how to play football and I would be willing to do anything to play for a team and win games."