Bruins Are Looking for Mercy

Bakersfield (Calif.) defensive back Mercy Maston has an offer from UCLA amongst a host of others, and the Bruins are standing atop his leaderboard...

Bakersfield (Calif.) defensive back Mercy Maston is one of the most versatile defensive backs in Central California, and his versatility is opening up several doors for him.

Maston can play either cornerback or safety, and has worked at both positions during the spring, and has five offers to his name.

"UCLA offered, Arizona State, Washington State, San Jose State and Colorado State have all offered too," said Maston. "UCLA offered as a corner and the other ones offered as a safety. I can play both, so it doesn't really matter, but I prefer safety because it's the leader of the secondary."

Maston primarily plays safety for Bakersfield, but said corner intrigues him.

"I play some receiver or running back, but I like defense, so corner is a cool position and I'm comfortable at safety," said Maston. "My nickname is ‘No Mercy Maston' because of how I cover and hit on defense."

The Bruins stand out for Maston at this point.

"UCLA is recruiting me really hard," said Maston. "I've only unofficially visited UCLA so far. Me and Coach (Clark) Lea have a real good relationship, and the safety coach, Coach (Tim) Hundley is also a good guy."

The 5-11, 185-pound Maston is also hearing from several other schools.

"I'm thinking San Diego State, Fresno State, Arizona, Washington and Utah could be offering me next," said Maston. "I also camped at USC, but they don't have a lot of scholarships. The coaches said otherwise, they would have offered me."

Maston is friends with Bakersfield native and USC commit Cody Kessler.

"Cody and I talk every week and I'm on the same 7on7 team as him," said Maston. "We talk a bunch of times a week. We've beaten Centennial every year since I got here, and I told him I'd like to play with him in college, but if I play against him in college, we'll do it again. But Cody is real good and a great player to play against."

Maston was an all-camp selection by after a stellar showing at the Los Angeles Nike Camp and he's also camped at UCLA and USC as well as the NUC. He'll be camping at the B2G Elite Program next month.

He's not anticipating an early decision.

"I'm most definitely not rushing it, and I want to visit a couple of schools," said Maston. "My brother's tell me stay close to home though."

Academically, Maston has a 2.8 GPA and will take the SAT and ACT in the fall.

This fall, he's already got the Drillers biggest game on his mind.

"We play Long Beach Poly down there in September," said Maston. "That will be a big game for us, and our goal of a state championship."

As a 2009 junior at Bakersfield, Maston had 90 tackles, five pass break ups, a sack and an interception.

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