Looking for a Utah Pipeline

One of his 10 scholarships, Wisconsin extended an offer to Salt Lake City Brighton junior linebacker Osa Masina in January. Where do the Badgers stand six months later?

After getting its first 2015 verbal commitment from the state of Utah in Sandy Jordan quarterback Austin Kafentzis, Wisconsin has an opportunity to develop some close-knit ties to the state.

One of those players the Badgers are targeting in the state is Salt Lake City Brighton junior linebacker Osa Masina, who was offered by the Badgers in January but haven't heard much from since.

"The contact between me and coach Chad Kauha'aha'a has cooled off since I received my offer," Masina told Badger Nation. "I was talking to them a lot but like I said after they offered the talks started to slow down.

"Coach Chad and I were building a good relationship and we would talk about recruiting, if I saw myself playing for the Badgers and what positions I could possibly play if I did choose Wisconsin. We were talking about how they could see me playing outside linebacker because of my size and speed. He also said I could possibly play defensive end if I continue to grow."

Despite being sidelined for three weeks with a hip flexor in the month of June, recruitment has been going well for the 6-4, 205-pound Masina, who attended a Nike camp in Eugene and another camp in Washington.

"I thought I played well at both camps," Masina said. "I thought I did some good things but I injured myself during the Washington camp, which sucked."

Up to 10 scholarship offers, Masina says BYU, Utah, Utah State and Washington are the four schools he is currently hearing from the most. "I'm hearing a lot from the schools in the state of Utah and we just talk about my game and when I can come up to visit," Masina said. "The talks have been similar with Washington as well."

According to Masina, the last time the Badgers contacted him was during Masina's school year. Even so, he still has interest in Wisconsin, and is tentatively planning a visit out to the campus later this month.

"Even though the talks have cooled down, I'm confident the talks between me and coach Chad will pick up again," Masina said. "I would like to see the Wisconsin campus because the way coach Chad talked about it made me excited to see it and the research I've done on Wisconsin makes me want to see it in person."

Thinking he won't see any more scholarship offers until he gets back on the football field to showcase his skills during his junior season, Masina has spent plenty of time strengthening his body.

"I just want to be a better football player then I was last year," Masina said. "I'll look at some film of mine and I'll identify where I need to improve, but I'm just looking to improve my overall game this summer."


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