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(Scott Sommerdorf | The Salt Lake Tribune) Brighton RB Osa Masina takes a breather on the sidelines after gaining 242 yards and getting the wind knocked out of him against Alta. Brighton defeated Alta 38-28, Friday, September 27, 2013
Brighton’s Osa Masina ‘honored’ by attention as he narrows field

No, no and no.

Brighton’s Osa Masina doesn’t know what position he’ll play. He doesn’t know which school he’ll choose. And he doesn’t know when he’s going to know.

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Still, the questions keep coming.

Rivals ranks Masina as the 53rd best player in the class of 2015. Scout rates him 60th.

For perspective, fellow Bengal Jackson Barton was one of Utah’s top-rated prep recruits in recent memory, and Barton was 70th/268th.

Last year Masina visited Michigan, Wisconsin and Notre Dame. Over his spring break he went to Stanford, Cal, USC, UCLA and Arizona State. And, of course, he has been to Rice-Eccles to watch his older brothers Uaea and Lo’i play for the Utes.

He had planned to pare down his list of schools to 10 this past weekend, but he thinks it’ll be another week or so.

His junior prom was Friday night, after all.

College coaches have been pulling Masina out of class the last two weeks as his peers stifle laughter — i.e. "Here comes another one."

Tamina Masina estimates her son gets 15 to 30 pieces of mail from colleges each day, much of it handwritten. Coaches pepper him with direct messages and emails — and then there’s the reporters.

But Osa keeps a level head. "He’s honored," she said. "He’s humbled by it. He’s grateful for it."

Osa says he’s not actively seeking any more offers to complicate things at this point, although, "maybe if a new team comes along, it could spark a new interest."

His criteria are pretty standard:

• Will I enjoy living there?

• How much do I like my position coach?

• How much do I like my head coach?

• How much will I play and how soon?

"When he makes a commitment, it’s going to be 100 percent," Tamina says.

Masina rushed for 1,683 yards and 25 touchdowns on 224 carries last year and totaled 57 tackles — 8.5 for a loss — while leading Brighton to the 5A state championship game.

Most teams see the 6’4, 225-pound Masina as an outside linebacker, he says, but Arizona State has talked to the 2013 All-Tribune team MVP about playing on the offensive side of the ball as a back, tight end or receiver.

A week ago he committed to playing in the Army All-American Bowl in January in San Antonio’s Alamodome. He’ll also compete at the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge from June 6-8 at Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium.

"That’s the best way to know what you need to work on, is to compete against people who are as good or better than you," Tamina says.

OK, so one last question:

With all those big-name schools showing interest, are the Utes are out of the running?


Ute fans will just have to stay tuned.

— Matthew Piper


Twitter: @matthew_piper

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