2009 Prospect Alex Mascarenas

Mission Viejo (Calif.) cornerback Alex Mascarenas has four offers, including one from UCLA, and the Orange County native talked about his recruitment, some unofficial visits and his timetable for a decision...

Mission Viejo (Calif.) cornerback Alex Mascarenas (5-11, 180) has been one of the top defensive backs the past two years in California. In 2006, he was the lone sophomore selected to the CIF-SS All-Pac5 Division team, the top division in the Southern Section, and he followed it up with another strong season in 2007.

Now, Mascarenas is sitting on four offers, two from the Pac-10, and he's taking a closer look at some of the schools interested in him.

"UCLA, Arizona, Colorado and Utah have all offered me and I've been talking with the coaches at Cal a lot," said Mascarenas. "Right now, my top three schools are UCLA, Arizona and Cal. But I don't have a leader right now."

Two weeks ago, Mascarenas took an unofficial visit to UCLA.

"I took a trip two Thursday's ago to UCLA and met with Coach (Rick) Neuheisel. We had lunch, he showed us the football practice field and facilities and I talked with Coach (DeWayne) Walker for about 30 minutes. Coach (Chuck) Bullough is the one who's recruiting me from UCLA," said Mascarenas. "They offered me before I took my trip up there."

This weekend, Mascarenas will visit Arizona, not his first time having visited the campus in Tucson but the first time he'll meet with the coaching staff.

"I actually grew up rooting for Arizona," said Mascarenas. "My sister went to school there. This is really going to be my first time meeting with the staff. I watched Antoine Cason a lot, because I know he went to Los Alamitos and is from around here, and he did so well. I kind of watched him every time he was on there."

Mascarenas said that each school is recruiting him as a defensive back, that they could see him at corner or at safety.

"I can see myself playing both, but I don't really care," said Mascarenas. "I play corner for Mission but I could play safety in college."

Mascarenas said that his Mission teammate, Jeff Baca, is also making a pitch for the Bruins, Baca having signed with UCLA last month.

"He talking to me about it all the time, telling me to come up there," said Mascarenas.

Mascarenas said that several factors will play a role in his decision.

"A lot of it has to do with seeing where I can actually play and play early," said Mascarenas. "My mom is pretty high on academics too so that is something I'm looking at."

Mascarenas has a 3.3 GPA and will take the SAT in May.

As for a decision, Mascarenas said he's not in a rush.

"I'm waiting for when the time is right and it feels right," said Mascarenas. "It depends on how far we make it in baseball. I want to go to some camps but may not be able to."

Mascarenas said he's got no preference for location, but doesn't see himself drifting too far from the West Coast.

"I'm o.k. with leaving, but I don't want to go too far," said Mascarenas. "My family is leaving it up to me, though. They want me to make the decision."

Mascarenas was an all-South Coast League selection for the second straight year and had four interceptions on the season.


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