Masch Benefits From Snafu

The 6-3, 290-pound JC defensive tackle, Zach Masch, was verbally committed to Hawaii and all set to leave for the Islands, when a snafu changed those plans. That snafu has since opened up new options for Masch, including potential offers from a Pac-10 and SEC school...

It's amazing how a snafu can change your life.

Even in a good way.

Arizona Western College defensive tackle Zach Masch (6-3, 290) figured he'd be in Hawaii this month, getting adjusted to Honolulu before starting spring football with the Warriors.

But a snag prevented him from signing early, and getting to Hawaii. And now other schools are starting to take a look at Masch.

So, what happened?

"Ever since I wasn't able to go to Hawaii for Spring Ball, things have picked up," Masch said.. "I had a grade I had to wait for two days after (J.C.) Signing Day, so they said I could sign in February. I was kind of upset, because I worked really hard. I'm going to stay committed, but I'm looking at some others. I'm a soft commit to Hawaii right now."

Masch prepped at Nevada Union HS in Grass Valley, the same school that produced UCLA linebacker Spencer Havner, and when he returned home during the winter break, he took two unofficial visits to other WAC schools.

"Nevada offered me and San Jose State said they would offer me if I was really interested in them. I took an unofficial there because they were so close to home," said Masch.

Zach Masch.
Another WAC school has gotten involved in the last week. "Idaho called me last week, and they want to bring me down there for a visit and they want to enroll me for classes if I commit so I can play during the spring," said Masch.

But more recently, two BCS programs have been in contact.

"The big schools that have been talking to me are schools like Tennessee and UCLA," said Masch. "A UCLA coach talked to me in October when not a lot of people knew about me. We called them back (recently), and then I talked with Coach (Todd) Howard and he said he was really interested. He got the highlight tape and was happy about it. He said he just wanted some game film. So I might be headed down there for an official or an unofficial this week or next."

Tennessee also has been expressing interest in Masch. "My D-Line coach in high school, when the whole Hawaii thing happened, we figured out a plan. The Tennessee coach saw my highlight film and they really liked them. They said after dead week (which concludes Thursday), they would get in touch with me," said Masch.

Masch said while he's enamored with Hawaii, but the potential opportunity to play in the SEC or the Pac-10 is something that would be difficult to turn down.

"Yeah, it would be hard to turn down, but I'm not saying it would be impossible," said Masch. "When I was in Hawaii, they treated me right. They have a lot of opening spots on the D-Line. I don't know too much about Tennessee. But growing up, I heard a lot about UCLA. Spencer Havner, everyone watched him and he came back to the school and spoke with all of us. We watched him a few weeks ago on TV when he was Green Bay's special teams captain."

Masch already has his A.A., and should he sign with a school other than Hawaii that is on the quarter system, he'll be able to participate in the spring. He said: "I have my A.A., and that's what I want to do, go in and play during spring ball. I'm being picky about when I could get in and where I could go. I'm feeling good about my options though. I want to have it hopefully figured out before the February signing date. We'll all see what happens though. I'm definitely not closing any doors."

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