Masoli makes most of opportunity

Arguably the top signal-caller in the country this coming fall resides with the defending National Champions. CCSF QB Jeremiah Masoli (6-0, 200) has a gun for an arm, quick feet and a winner's mentality. He's also a beast in the weight room. What makes the Rams quarterback tick? Read on the find out…

"That was something special," Masoli told when asked about winning the JC Grid-Wire National Championship as a freshman. "Not many players get a chance to play in the national championship game, let alone win it, so as a freshman it was definitely a good experience.

"It's going to help me for this year by giving me the motivation to get back to the top."

Masoli put up huge numbers in his first season under center for the Rams.

He amassed a 154.09 quarterback efficiency rating while completing 258 of 421 (61.3%) for 3,592 yards, 30 touchdowns and five interceptions while rushing for 448 yards and 11 more touchdowns.

"I like to say that I throw best, because I like to air it out, but when the opportunity arises I can take off and run," Masoli said. "I'm definitely a dual-threat quarterback and can get the job done either way."

As a prep, Masoli had the grades (4.0) and the talent to go D-1 right out of high school, but like a lot of high school prospects, a move made him somewhat invisible to the bigger schools.

"I went to Serra (San Mateo, Ca.) High School for three years and then I moved to Hawaii and graduated from St. Louis High School," Masoli said. "I learned a lot of football out there. The ins and outs of the X's and O's and I had some great coaches coaching me up.

"When I was at Serra I was getting recruited by San Diego State and Air Force and schools like that, but when I moved I sorta got lost in the shuffle."

So, Masoli turned to one of the top JC programs in the country in City College of San Francisco and it didn't hurt that his school of choice happened to be close to his family home.

"I lived right down the street, so that was a big reason," Masoli said before adding, "but the winning tradition was a big factor as well and the fact that everybody who comes to City College moves on to the next level."

And even though he put up huge numbers as a freshman and won the national championship, Masoli isn't resting on his laurels. He's been hitting the weights and treadmill hard in preparation for an even better sophomore campaign.

"Everybody wants to get stronger and faster so I'm trying to get my burst going, but one of the main things I want to work on is my mental game," Masoli, who boasts a 4.5 forty time as well as an amazing 375 pound bench press, noted. "I don't want to have any mental mistakes and I want to just know the ins and outs of this offense and not turn the ball over.

"I threw three interceptions during the regular season and two during the playoffs and I want to cut that down even more and limit myself to no turnovers."

On the recruiting front, Masoli isn't getting much attention right now, but he said he knows it's still early.

He does however know what he's looking for in the eventual school he ends up finishing his college career at.

"Academics and all that stuff is part of the whole package, but I'm looking for a place that I can shine and start and get some playing time and one that has an offense that suits me," Masoli said. "The shotgun, the wide-open attack and the spread are offenses I think I can do well in.

"Schools like Hawaii and Oregon, I really want to go to Oregon, and those will be a couple of the key schools I'll be looking at pretty hard."

Because Masoli greyshirted his first year and he was a full-qualifier, he can leave CCSF at any time, but he plans to play this fall and then sign with a four-year program in December where he'll have three years to play two when he steps on campus.

We'll continue to follow Masoli's progress throughout the spring and summer months and update things as they change.

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