"UCLA verbally offered me on Tuesday," said Mahina, with UCLA's new tight ends coach John Wristen doing the honors. "Right now, it's between UCLA and BYU. I like that UCLA is close to home."
"I want to take some trips. I've already set up a trip to BYU in January. Oregon wants me in the fall. I'll have no decision until the trips are done," said Mahina.
In the last week alone, Mahina has gone from the one offer, from BYU, to the five additional offers. And he feels that since he did well at the Scout.com Combine, more schools are noticing. He said, "I thought I did quite well. I felt a lot more confident and was more comfortable there. During spring ball, we've been getting it done. I stay an extra hour with our quarterback and we work on routes, catching, technique and footwork," said Mahina.
Last season, Mahina focused on defensive end since John Reese, who signed with Oregon State, was in front of him at tight end. With Reese off to Corvallis, Mahina becomes the focal point of Upland's offense.
Mahina said his only plans for spring and summer camps are one-day camps at UCLA and BYU. He'll also be active in Upland's passing league this summer.
Academically, Mahina has a 3.13 GPA and took the SAT in early May.