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Friday, March 8, 2013
Osa Masina has a busy summer planned

By Erik McKinney

2015 running back Osa Masina (Salt Lake City/Brighton) is very familiar with the recruiting process. His older brother, Uaea Masina, signed with Utah as part of the 2013 recruiting class, and the younger Masina already holds offer from BYU, Michigan, Utah and Wisconsin.

His most recent offer, from the Wolverines, caught him off guard.

"It was out of the blue," he said of the offer from Michigan. "I hadn't heard much from them, but I talked briefly with the head coach. The next day, my head coach told me Michigan wanted me to go play for them."

At this point, Masina is fully prepared to admit that Utah sits comfortably in the driver's seat, as he is familiar with the hometown program and his brother is already on campus as an early enrollee.

"The biggest influence on me right now is Utah," he said. "But that doesn't mean I'm not interested in other schools. I'm interested in the idea of going out of state as well."

Masina will spend plenty of time out of state over the spring and fall. After showing his skills at the NLA 7-on-7 in Las Vegas last weekend, Masina will be in Los Angeles on Sunday for the Nike Football Training Camp. Later this summer, he'll attend camps at Michigan, Oregon, Washington and Wisconsin. He said he will also try to get to a Stanford camp as well.

It will be interesting to see what position Masina plays at all of those camps. Listed as a running back, the 6-foot-4, 205-pound athlete is also capable of playing a variety of positions on both sides of the ball.

"Anytime I get an offer or communication from a coach, it's always as an athlete," Masina said. "They tell me they'll continue to watch film and see how my body develops. I don't mind where I play; just put me wherever and I'll go there.

Of course I like scoring touchdowns and playing offense -- receiver, running back, fullback, wherever you want me. But if it's defense, I'll play defense."

Masina isn't in a hurry to make a commitment, but said he would like to in the next year or two. However, he added that he'd have no problem in taking the decision all the way to signing day.