One of the Golden State’s best linebacker prospects is Ray Maualuga (6-2, 235, 4.5) from Eureka, Calif. Maualuga is one of those linebackers who seem to be in on every play. He was selected all-state and all-county for his junior season performance.
Maualuga is very aggressive linebacker who was a massive Excedrin headache for offensive coordinators in 2003. The stat sheet is extremely impressive.
According to Maualuga, he racked up 110 solo tackles, 36 assists for a total of 146 tackles in all. Maybe the impressive stat that Maualuga has is his 43 tackles for loss. He also had four pass breakups, two fumble recoveries and one pick.
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Another impressive stat that Maualuga achieved was he had four defensive touchdowns and five offensive touchdowns.
Maualuga participated at the All-American Bowl combine and walked away with the Strongest Man award.
Maualuga benches 350 and squats 630. Now that is what we call strong. He also has very good vertical jump of 29-inches.
“Ray brings a tremendous combination of desire, competitiveness and athleticism,” Eureka head coach Jack Lakin said. “He likes to play the game at a high level of physical play. Ray is the real deal.”
What does this talented linebacker want in a college?
“I want the best academics, a good environment and a school where I feel comfortable,” Maualuga said. “I want to go to a school where I will be respected, not only as a football player, but as a person.”
Maualuga has southern California ties and because of that he is very interested in both USC and UCLA as a place to play is college ball.
Maualuga played his freshman season at Ventura (Calif.) Saint Bonaventure before moving up the coast to Eureka and is supposed to be showing up with Saint Bonnie head coach John Mack and other Seraph standouts at the Nike combine today at USC.
Other schools that Maualuga is interested in and the feeling is mutual are Michigan, Oklahoma, Florida State, LSU, Washington and San Diego State.