We had a chance to see Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei linebacker Leviticus Su’a in action Thursday at the Monarchs College Showcase.

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Su’a is one of the top linebacker prospects out West, currently rated the No. 230 player nationally in the 247Sports Composite and No. 180 in the Top247.

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He’s advanced in terms of his overall feel for the position and football IQ. He’s a very instinctive kid, plays with a non-stop motor and is one of those ‘backers who just does a little of everything well.

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The Mater Dei coaches have always raved about his leadership, work ethics and toughness and there’s a lot to like about his game. He’s a big hitter but has always stood out in 7v7 events as well, showing he can move around in space and cover.

On the recruiting front Su’a has taken several unofficial visits this off-season and just locked in his first official visit.

“I’m going to Arizona June 4,” Su’a said. “They were the first school to really push hard for an official visit and talked with my parents about setting something up.

“My parents are the ones planning the trips so they connected with them and got it done. My schedule is June is pretty crowded but June 4 worked and I’m excited to get back up there.”

Su’s said Stanford and Washington will be the next visits he sets up.

“I want to visit both in June but like I said, I’m trying to figure what dates work,” Su’a said. “My sister graduates June 12 so I can’t visit anywhere that weekend and we have Camp Pendleton and then a 7v7 tournament that month too.

“I know coach Rollinson would let me skip a 7v7 for an official visit but I want to be with the team. I feel like I’m a leader on the defense so it’s important for me to stay with them as much as I can.”

Su’a already visited both schools over his Spring Break.

Washington– “I loved the campus and the coaching staff. Coach Inge (LB coach) is a great guy and it was fun to meet him in person.

“We talk on the phone all the time but it was fun being around him. During the scrimmage, he had me right next to him when he was calling plays.

Stanford– “I liked the environment any Stanford and really enjoyed meeting all the coaches in person and seeing what they’re all about. With Stanford, it’s not just about excellence on the football field but excellence in the classroom.

“That’s something that coach Sanders and all the staff talked about. It’s not just being great as a player but more importantly, as a man, a brother, a son and one day a father too. I really appreciated and respected that.”

UCLA is another school starting to get more involved.

“UCLA has shown a lot more interest since Ken Norton took over,” Su’a said. “I went to a practice a few weeks ago and liked it a lot there. Coach Norton said he likes my film and he’s going to come out and see me next week.

“He said he wanted to come to the Showcase tonight but you’re only allowed to have two coaches out and they already had two coming. A UCLA offer would be big for sure, it’s a great school and could be a great option for me.”

At this point, Su’a said he’s in no hurry to make a decision.

“I want to commit after my season,” Su’a said. “I want to watch these teams play and see how I fit in there. Plus a lot of coaches move around so I want to make sure I have good relationships with the staff and feel comfortable with who will be coaching me.”