Maston Could Be Close to Decision

Bakersfield (Calif.) defensive back Mercy Maston said a decision could be coming soon for him and UCLA is one the schools he's favoring...

Bakersfield (Calif.) defensive back Mercy Maston (5-11, 185), is sitting on five offers and the versatile Maston could be getting close to a decision.

"I think I might be ready to decide soon," said Maston. "I'm not ready to say who my leader is, because that might give it away, but in my heart, I know where I'm leaning to right now."

At the same time, Maston is also eager for his senior year to start, so schools on the fence with offering him can make a decision one way or the other and he can know all of his options.

Maston has offers from UCLA, Washington State, Arizona State, Colorado State and San Jose State and is hearing from San Diego State, Cal and Oregon regularly.

"Oregon has been talking with me a lot and they like me as a corner and Cal has been in touch with me too," said Maston. "UCLA is probably recruiting me the hardest, I hear from them by letter or email like every day."

Maston said he recently sent his highlight film to some national programs, hoping to drum up some nation-wide interest.

"I just sent my tape to LSU, Texas and Alabama so I hope to hear from them," said Maston.

Maston said that with UCLA recruiting him the hardest, the Bruins are most certainly a heavy factor in his recruitment.

"Oh yeah, UCLA is up there, I like them a lot and I did really well at their camps and I like the coaches there a lot," said Maston. "They like me as a safety and want me to return punts and kicks."

Maston said that many schools like him as a corner and some, like San Jose State, see him as an athlete.

"I want to play defense, but really, I'm willing to play anywhere," said Maston.

Maston said he doesn't have a specific time frame in place for when he wants to decide, only that it could happen soon.

Otherwise, he's content to wait.

"I want to take some visits no matter where, and so if I get more offers, I'll have more schools I can check out," said Maston.

Aside from the UCLA camp, Maston also performed well at the Los Angeles Nike Camp, earning all-camp honors by and he also was at this month's B2G Elite Program.

"I had a pick in the A-Game, the only one in the game for my team, and I almost had another one," said Maston. "There was some good competition there."

Maston said he and his Bakersfield teammates are getting ready for their season opener, which will take them to Veterans Stadium to open with Long Beach Poly.

"That's a huge game for us and I've gotten to know some of their players at camps and we've been talking," said Maston.

Academically, Maston said he's in good shape and he'll take the SAT in October.

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

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