- Erik McKinney, ESPN Staff Writer
A broken collarbone cut last year short for wide receiver Elroy Masters (Peoria, Ariz./Sunrise Mountain), as he was able to participate in only four games. But this season, not much of anything stopped Masters, who caught 44 passes for 1,118 yards and 14 touchdowns in the regular season.
His year was highlighted by a five-catch, five-touchdown performance against Glendale (Ariz.) Copper Canyon, when he went for 254 receiving yards. That game began something of a recruiting avalanche for Masters, as scholarship offers from Air Force, Montana, Nevada, Nothern Arizona, San Jose State and Wyoming all came in during the following week.
Arizona State, Oregon State and UCLA are Pac-12 programs that have expressed interest in Masters.
"Arizona State invited me to their game against Oregon," Masters said. "I got to talk to Coach [Todd] Graham and Coach [DelVaughn] Alexander. They have three wide receiver commits from earlier in the year. They said I was the next one on the board."
The same issue exists with Oregon State, which holds verbal commitments from multiple wide receivers but has also expressed interest in Masters.
"Before this year, not a lot of people knew about me," he said, citing last season's injury. "They found out about me after my big year."
Masters has also been in touch with the UCLA coaches, who have invited him out to home games on unofficial visits, but the 6-foot-3, 205-pound pass-catcher hasn't been able to make a trip work with his schedule.
Two trips he has set are official visits in December. He will trip to San Jose State on Dec. 7, and then to Nevada on Dec. 14. New Mexico has been in touch about setting up an official visit as well, and Masters feels an offer could be close.
Masters said he is looking forward to taking his two official visits and would like to set up three more, though his timeline is unsettled at this point.
"I'm going to wait a little bit," he said. "I'm not going to drag it out too long, but I want to wait to see if some Pac-12 schools show interest or offer. My highest interest is in Nevada and San Jose State right now, but I'm hoping some Pac-12 schools come in."