Playing multiple positions on a high school football team is far from a rarity. However, playing multiple positions on a high school football at blue chip recruit level is. Though only a sophomore, Salt Lake City (UT) Brighton athlete, Osa Masina has already proven himself to be one of those rarities.
“Everything went good,” Masina said reflecting upon last season. “I played offense, defense, and special teams. I played the wildcat quarterback, wide receiver and running back on offense. Then on defense I played inside linebacker. On special teams I was punt returner and kick returner.”
“A lot of colleges say they want me for linebacker because of my body size, but right now I like scoring touchdowns so I love offense. I really like running back.”
Checking in at 6-5, 205-lbs. and capable of running the forty in 4.6 seconds, Masina has already collected offers from Utah, BYU, Wisconsin, and Michigan. At the same time, interest from other notable suitors has been on the. Most of those programs have projections for where they think he’ll maximize his potential, but Masina is the type of prospect that will likely be allowed to choose the positional path he feels suits him path. Especially when one takes into account his approach to any duty he is asked to fulfill on the football field.
“Non-stop relentless,” he stated emphatically. “I’ll go 100% each play. I never take a play off. And offense I’m kind of agile with juke moves. And then on defense it’s more straight up, head up, hitting.”
While he is clearly still open to playing either side of the ball, his affinity for getting into the end zone begs the question, will schools that court him for offense have a bit of an advantage?
“Maybe just a little bit,” Masina admitted laughingly. “Not a lot, but just a little bit though.”
At the moment the rising sophomore is just trying to learn more about the impressive slate of programs that is now on his trail. One that has suddenly commanded a great deal of his attention is Michigan. The Wolverines made an unexpected splash last month when they stepped forward with an offer.
“I was actually really surprised,” Masina stated. “It was kind of out of the blue. I had talked to the coach briefly. Then the head coach came by the school and I thought, ‘this has to be something.’ Then the next day I talked to my head coach and he told me that they want me to go play (at Michigan) for them. I was really excited. I told my family and it was a really good time.”
“Growing up I loved watching Michigan play. I always watched them on TV. They’re a big school and they’ve got that big stadium. I always watched them play. That’s all I know is they’ve got the biggest stadium and they’ve got the fans and they’re a big school.”
What little knowledge the talented youngster acquired about the Maize & Blue in recent weeks came courtesy of former Michigan assistant Jerry Montgomery. That departure, while significant, hasn’t knocked the Wolverines down the rising sophomore’s list.
“I love the head coach, Brady Hoke,” said Masina. “He is a great guy. He is really nice. I can tell that he is really into me as a player and as a student. I talked to Coach Montgomery (when he was still an assistant in Ann Arbor), and he was a really big part of me liking Michigan too, but he is gone now. And I still like Hoke a lot.”
In the coming weeks Masina hopes to connect with his new Michigan recruiter. That new pursuer will be charged with helping move the Wolverines up a list that has a clear leader.
“If there was any school, it’d have to be Utah because growing up I would go watch their games and watch them play,” he said. It’s my home state (school) and my older brother (Uaea Masina) is committed to Utah for defense. So Utah has got the (lead).”
As daunting a task as catching the Utes might appear to be, Masina warns against assuming he’ll do the expected and stay close to home.
“I’m actually really interested in going out of state,” he stated. “It’s definitely hard to tell right now (which way he’ll go), but if I had to pick between two schools right now, it would be Michigan and Utah right now.”
With over two years to go before he has to pick a school, Masina is in no rush to figure things out.
“I’ve been thinking about (a decision timeline) and I haven’t really quite nailed it yet,” he said. “I want to do it before my senior season, but you never really know what could happen. Other options could come to mind. I’m not interested in a lot of (other) schools, but I’m hearing from Oregon, USC, and Stanford. I’ll just see what I can get and pick the best school for me.”
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