The Upland (Calif.) High prospect said he feels more comfortable with BYU right now. "It's a 60-40 ratio, with BYU in the lead. I think my decision could be in the season," Mahina said.
Mahina said: "I visited BYU for a camp last summer, and their Junior Day this year. I like it because it's the school affiliated with the church I go to. I haven't been to one of their games yet, but I've heard they have great school spirit and that the fans get out of control. I get a good feeling when I'm there because I have more in common with the other players and students than I would at any other college."
ON UCLA: "UCLA is nationally known and they are televised a lot. I went to Junior Day there when I was a sophomore, and some games and unofficial visits. They have a great football program because they have great coaches and a disciplined team. My parents are actually leaning toward UCLA because it's closer to home." Mahina squats 415, bench presses 305 and vertically jumps 30"."My best strength is my awareness. About his ability, Mahina said, "Sometimes I can read plays before they happen. As always, I definitely want to improve my speed."
He reports a 3.0 core GPA and a 1200/2400 SAT.
Editors Note: Mahina plans to take his Mormon mission out of high school, so whatever school he does sign with in February, that commitment won't be binding by the time he returns from his mission. It will, however, signify a strong allegiance with the school that could influence his decision in two years.