Injury helps Mashack find natural position

Kwesi Mashack was not always a cornerback. Read on to see how he wound up playing defense and more.

For some recruits, an injury is a setback, but for Murrieta (Calif.) Vista cornerback Kwesi Mashack, his injury gave him the opportunity of a lifetime.

Early on, Mashack had played running back and it carried over to his freshman season in high school.

After a broken femur bone sidelined him for his entire sophomore season, Mashack was moved to cornerback. His transition was rough to start out with, but he quickly picked up the position and

"I did a lot of training with B2G in the off-season to get adjusted," Mashack said. "It was a lot of work, but it helped me get where I am today. I had to work hard, but it all paid off in the end."

Mashack attended multiple camps during the summer, but didn't pick up his first offer until June.

It was the Arizona Wildcats that pulled the trigger and it meant a world of difference in the recruitment.

"Arizona was the first school that offered me," he said. "It really meant a lot to me for them to offer. All the hard work paid off and it was great for them to show me that love.

"The coaches were on me early, even with the switch, and it made a difference that they were like a second family to me."

The cornerback made his decision to commit while in Tucson for the grand opening of the Lowell-Stevens Football Facility. He had an idea that Arizona was where he wanted to go, but knew once he was there.

"When I got there and talked to the coaches, everything felt perfect," Mashack said. "The coaches made me feel like family and the facilities were wonderful. Everything just felt right and I knew that it was where I was supposed to be, so I committed."

Once he gets to campus, Mashack has aspirations of competing right away, but also wants to make sure that he continues to develop into a sound player.

"I want to come in and compete for playing time right away," Mashack said. "I want to learn and pick everything up as quick as I can so that I can contribute.

"I know I have worked hard, but I want to work harder so that I can be a great player at Arizona."

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