Star Hawaii Linebacker Darius Muasau Announces Transfer To UCLA Football

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For the second day in a row, the Bruins have added a key element to their first seven for next season.

Hawaii linebacker Darius Muasau got involved in UCLA football on Saturday night, he announced on Twitter. Muasau has up to two years of eligibility remaining.

Muasau made his decision public just over 24 hours after former Washington striker Laiatu Latu decided to join the Bruins, giving them four inbound transfers so far this round. The first headliner in the transfer class was UCF quarterback Dillon Gabriel, who went to Mililani High School (HI) with Muasau.

Muasau was just a two-star prospect coming out of high school in 2019, according to the 247Sports Composite, and his only offerings were from Hawaii and the state of Portland. He has since established himself as one of Mountain West’s top linebackers.

The Bruins have Jordan Genmark Heath leaving the inside linebacker squad via graduation this offseason, meaning a starting point should be open for Muasau to compete from the start. He will tour alongside Kain Medrano, Caleb Johnson, Ale Kaho, JonJon Vaughns and Jeremiah Trojan in 2022.

For as many names as there are in this position room, UCLA has failed to display a defense that ranks in the first half of the country in points awarded per practice since coach Chip Kelly and the Defensive coordinator Jerry Azzinaro arrived at Westwood in 2018. The Bruins ranked 91st nationally in sack rate in 2021, and although the responsibility of reaching the passer rests more with linemen and edge rushers than Inside linebackers it was an issue as Genmark Heath was the only one capable of creating pressure on a consistent base.

Muasau has played 35 games in Hawaii over the past three seasons, racking up 270 tackles, 26.5 tackles for a loss and 11.5 sacks. In 13 games this fall, Muasau had 109 tackles, 14.0 tackles for loss, 7.0 sacks and five forced fumbles – all of which would have led the Bruins – in addition to one interception, four defenses and three. quarterback hits.

Against UCLA in the season opener, Muasau had 10 tackles and one pass defended, the first of his seven double-digit tackling performances this year. Muasau earned a spot on the All-Mountain West First Team for the second year in a row, and he’s also been on the Conference All-Varsity team twice.

Genmark Heath, Kaho and Johnson have all transferred to the program, so there is definitely a way for Muasau to be successful from the start.

While Muasau will join the squad of inside linebacker coach Don Pellum, it looks like the two new staff coaches – outside linebacker coach Ikaika Malloe and defensive line coach Chad Kauha’aha’a – have at the very least played a role in its recruitment. After Muasau made his choice official, Kauha’aha’a took to Twitter to celebrate the continued rush of additions with Pacific Links.

UCLA director of player personnel Ethan Young tweets “BOOM” every time the Bruins get a verbal pledge from a transfer or high school rookie. The young people tweeted booms on Tuesday and Wednesday, and it can be assumed that they were for Muasau and Latu.

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