With the California Golden Bears moving from a 4-3 to a 3-4, linebackers are going to be a big priority for Justin Wilcox to upgrade his team’s offense. Cal doesn’t have a lot of talent at the position, and they need to get better there quickly.
So it makes a ton of sense for Cal to move at four star linebacker. Why not go to Utah, home of the physical and ferocious defender.
Salua Masina has shown early interest in the Bears. The four-star prospect from Salt Lake City (Ut.) Brighton is considered a top three prospect from the state, and the 12th best outside linebacker overall. Masina visited Cal recently and appeared to really enjoy what he saw.
Great day visiting Cal and appreciate all the time @CalFootball spent with Salua! #CAL #GoBears #blessed #ohana #happy @salua_afakasi pic.twitter.com/umvX7Y4fMx— Tamina Masina (@mommamasina) May 21, 2017
Also encouraging: His Twitter banner is a photo shot from the top of California Memorial Stadium.
Masina’s tape is just too exciting. He’s speedy, he’s relentless, and he brings offensive players down to the ground in rapid time. He’s the type of defender Cal has lacked in the linebacking corps the past half-decade.
It sounds like Masina has locked in at least one official visit. It’s either Cal, Utah, USC, or UCLA (bet’s are on Utah, since Masina is a Ute legacy). Masina holds offers from all four programs, as well as Nebraska, BYU, Tennessee, Louisville and more.
Four-star LB Salua Masina is sure of at least one official visit so far #Cal #Utah #USC #UCLA https://t.co/q2TEqrmyTR pic.twitter.com/toY5kfLazX— Adam Gorney (@adamgorney) June 14, 2017
Cal is still looking for its first linebacking commit of this class, and the Bears obviously will be aiming high to land the players they want. Linebacker is a huge question mark for the 2017 season, and there are no immediate fixes. Depth is needed to improve this position, and that can only come with consistent recruiting.