Trojans land top linebacker out of Utah

By EFN Staff
Published: 01/23/2015

The suspense over where 4-star Brighton High School linebacker Osa Masina would play his college ball ended on Friday with a verbal commitment to USC.

In the running for Masina’s commitment was UCLA (Oct. 3) and Arizona State (Oct. 17), two programs where the star outside linebacker took official visits. His Nov. 28 visit to the USC campus helped seal the deal.

The Bengals went 10-2 in 2014 with the help of their two-year team captain. Masina was a two-way star rushing for 1,643 yards with 25 touchdowns on 222 carries as a junior while picking up 87 tackles on defense. His senior year he sported a 6.3 yard per carry average rushing for 596 yards on 94 totes with eight touchdowns. He also led the team in tackles with 97 while racking up a team-high 10 sacks.

Masina had offers from top programs around the nation including BYU, Oklahoma, Oregon, Stanford, TCU, Notre Dame, and Michigan. USC head coach Steve Sarkisian had recruiting ties set up with Masina dating back to his time with the Washington Huskies making for a long forged relationship that paid off for Sark in the end.

USC 2015 Commitment List
DB Isaiah Langley, 5’11”, 175 lbs, Foothill HS, Pleasanton, California
DB Taeon Mason, 6’0”, 165 lbs, Muir HS, Pasadena, California
CB Ykili Ross, 6’2”, 185 lbs, Polytechnic, Riverside, California
S Marvell Tell, 6’2”, 175 lbs, Crespi HS, Encino, California
DE Noah Jefferson, 6’5”, 285 lbs, Liberty HS, Las Vegas, Nevada
DE Christian Rector, 6’4”, 240 lbs, Loyola HS, Los Angeles, California
DT Jacob Daniel, 6’5”, 300 lbs, Clovis North, Fresno, California
LB Osa Masina, 6’3.5”, 230 lbs, Brighton HS, Salt Lake City, Utah
LB Cameron Smith, 6’2”, 240 lbs, Granite Bay, Granite Bay, California
OL Chuma Edoga, McEachern HS, Powder Springs, Georgia
OL Roy Hemsley, 6’7”, 307 lbs, Windward HS, Los Angeles, California
OL Clayton Johnston, 6’6”, 289 lbs, Servite HS, Anaheim, California
OL Cole Smith, 6’3”, 265 lbs, Mission Viejo HS, Mission Viejo, California
QB Sam Darnold, 6’5”, 215 lbs, San Clemente HS, San Clemente, California
QB Ricky Town, 6’4”, 194 lbs, St. Bonaventure HS, Ventura, California
RB Dominic Davis, 5’10”, 175 lbs, Bishop Alemany HS, Mission Hills, California
RB Ronald Jones II, 6’0”, 185 lbs, McKinney North, McKinney, Texas
RB Aca’Cedric Ware, 5’11”, 189 lbs, Cedar Hill HS, Cedar Hill, Texas
TE Tyler Petite, 6’4”, 217 lbs, Campolindo HS, Moraga, California
WR De’Quan Hampton, 6’4”, 220 lbs, Long Beach C.C., Long Beach, California
WR Tristan Payton, 6’0”, 187 lbs, First Coast HS, Jacksonville, Florida
WR Isaac Whitney, 6’4”, 195 lbs, Riverside C.C., Riverside, California

Photo credit: desertnews.com; No. 3 Osa Masina.