Mahina To Visit Four Schools

Devin Mahina, the 6-6, 225-pound prospect from Upland, who is having a very good senior year, has pretty much arrived on his four finalists and has arranged official visits with those schools. He also now isn't sure about the timing of his Mormon mission...

Upland (Calif.) tight end Devin Mahina (6-6, 225), will take the first of his four scheduled official visits this coming weekend.

Mahina said that the four schools he is visiting comprise the final four schools in contention for his services.

"I'm down to BYU, UCLA, Oregon and Colorado," said Mahina. "I might take a fifth trip if another good offer came in, but I don't even know where. It's really those four schools."

Mahina and his Highlanders teammates will visit Alta Loma on Thursday night and the following day he will depart for Boulder where he will visit Colorado for their home game against Iowa State. The weekend of the 17th, Mahina will visit Oregon when the Ducks host Arizona in their home finale.

UCLA will get the third trip, with the date tentatively set for December 16th. BYU will receive his final visit January 13th.

"I'm not going to decide until after I take all of my trips," said Mahina. "When I get back from BYU, I will make my decision."

UCLA had verbally offered Mahina earlier this year, but he said it became a written offer near the beginning of the season.

The Bruins and Cougars have long been the top two schools in Mahina's recruitment, but he insists that he doesn't have a frontrunner. "Oregon and Colorado are right there with UCLA and BYU," said Mahina. "I don't have a leader right now. They're all even."

But he did acknowledge that BYU and UCLA are receiving the most support from those closest to him. "There is a lot of pressure to go to BYU because it's the church school, but then there is a lot of pressure to go to UCLA since it's close to home," said Mahina.

A four-star prospect at tight end, Mahina said that each school is recruiting him solely at that position, though defensive end, where he has excelled at this season, remains as a potential position for him in college. But he would prefer to stay on offense.

Another decision Mahina has to make concerns his Mormon mission. UCLA, for instance, initially discussed the idea with him of taking it immediately following his senior season and then for Mahina to enroll in the fall of 2009. BYU, on the other hand, has given no time table. "I haven't even decided what I'm going to do, when I'm going to take it," said Mahina.

Mahina has been to several of UCLA's home games this fall and said he stays in consistent contact with the Bruin staff, specifically tight ends coach John Wristen.

This season, Mahina has 19 catches for 372 yards and four touchdowns, with his best game coming against Claremont. He had four catches for 151 yards and a touchdown, the score coming on an 85-yard reception. Defensively, he's recorded 38 tackles and seven sacks, blocked a punt and a field goal and recorded two safeties.

Mahina said he was in good shape academically, with a 3.0 GPA and a 1200 score on the SAT.


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