There's still a long way to go in his recruiting process, but coveted athlete Osa Masina made inroads toward a decision with an announcement late Wednesday night. The 4-star Utah prospect posted a list of his top eight collegiate options on Twitter:
Top 8 in no order Wisconsin Utah UCLA Arizona State Michigan USC Notre Dame Stanford Thank you every other school and coaches! Grateful— Osa Masina (@OS_tertag) May 1, 2014
His favorites feature several formidable programs, including the in-state Utes. Fellow Pac-12 programs Arizona State, UCLA, USC and Stanford also made the cut.
Michigan and Wisconsin are contenders out of the Big Ten Conference, while Notre Dame also remains in the picture. Masina visited each of the three eastern options last year.
Where will 4-star prospect Osa Masina play college football?
He made the most of a jam-packed 2014 spring break, spending time at Stanford, Cal, USC, UCLA and Arizona State, according to Matthew Piper of The Salt Lake Tribune. His older brothers, Uaea and Lo’i, are currently on the Utah roster.
Uaea was a 3-star linebacker in the 2013 class and has worked his way up the depth chart. Lo'i is a reserve in the defensive backfield.
The latest Masina prospect out of Brighton High School (Salt Lake City) is the most heralded. Osa, a 4-star talent, rates No. 8 nationally among outside linebackers in 247Sports' composite rankings.
He is listed as the No. 2 prospect in the state and has attracted attention from colleges across the country.
Oklahoma, Oregon, Nebraska, BYU, Vanderbilt and Washington are among teams that didn't make the cut for his favorites list. Masina began compiling scholarship offers early, holding several as a sophomore.
His accomplishments have come on both sides of the ball at Brighton. Masina dominated during a run to the state championship game in 2013.
The 6'4", 218-pound playmaker rushed for 1,683 yards and 25 touchdowns as a junior, per Piper. He also tallied 57 tackles, including 8.5 for a loss.
Masina is projected to commit to Utah by 90 percent of expert predictions in 247Sports' Crystal Ball. Now that he's down to a top eight, expect each contender to step up their pursuit of the talented prospect.
Recruit information courtesy of 247Sports unless otherwise noted.