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It’s not mean to be an indictment, Masina said. Although his final five are Arizona State, USC, UCLA, Michigan and Wisconsin, his brother, Uaea Masina, is a linebacker at the U., and Masina acknowledges it was hard to leave off the school he’s cheered for most of his life.
It’s just that out-of-state schools are the best fit for him, he said. And in the current market, he has all the options he could want.
Out of state fates
To the top football prospects in Utah, out-of-state schools have become a more viable option. A list of recruits in the Rivals in-state top 10 who have signed out of state:
2011 » Desmond Collins, Highland (Oregon State)
2012 » Brandon Fanaika, Pleasant Grove (Stanford); Jared Afalava, Bingham (Nebraska)
2013 » Cooper Bateman, Cottonwood (Alabama); Logan Stott, Pine View (Arizona); Sean Barton, Woods Cross (Stanford)
2014 » Dalton Schultz, Bingham (Stanford); Kenyon Frison, Granger (Oklahoma); Bryan Mone, Highland (Michigan); Ula Tolutau, East (Wisconsin)
"I grew up a Utah boy, but it’s just the situation out-of-state is right for me," Masina said. "You’re not going to get those opportunities a lot in life, and it’s something I’m excited about doing."
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