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Brighton’s Osa Masina ‘honored’ by attention as he narrows field

First Published      Last Updated Apr 28 2014 05:46 pm

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.

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.

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