DuckTerritory's "Pick One" series rolls on as we take a look at the Utah Utes' current recruiting class and ask Duck fans, "Who is the one recruit you would love to see Oregon have?"
Masina is one of the more underrated linebacker prospects on the West Coast this cycle.
On the heels of a very respectable inaugural season in the Pac-12 Conference which saw Utah go 8-5 overall in 2011, the Utes came back to earth some in 2012, finishing ninth overall in the conference and second to last in the Pac-12 South Division ahead of Colorado. Injuries to key players had some to do with Utah's struggles this season, though by and large, Utah seemed to get exposed all too often by the superior depth possessed by the majority of Pac-12 teams. That is all changing in Salt Lake City, though the process will be an arduous one. Heading in to next season, Utah is reloading with 27 current verbal commits who hope to blaze a new trail of success in the Pac-12. Currently ranked ninth in the conference's recruiting rankings according to 247Composite, Utah has an intriguing class that is far more talented than what may originally meet the eye. Commitments from JUCO talents tight end Greg Reese, wide receiver Andre Lewis, and safety Tevin Carter combine with high school prospects the likes of defensive tackle Lowell Lotulelei and running back Dre'Vian Young to give the Utes five players capable of making an instant impact next season. Additionally, under the radar prospects like tight end Harrison Handley, linebacker Uaea Masina, quarterback Brandon Cox, and JUCO running back Devontae Booker are legitimate diamonds in the rough.
Three-star linebacker Uaea Masina -- 6'3", 210 lbs. -- Salt Lake City (Utah) Brighton
There are a number of options here for Duck fans looking to swipe players from Utah's class, but Masina would addresses a need and is perhaps one of the most underrated linebacker prospects in the West. Better know perhaps for his exploits as a running back in high school, Masina is a hard-nosed athlete who isn't afraid of contact and demonstrates great pursuit to the football. At 6'3", 210 lbs., Masina has plenty of room to grow in to his frame without losing his quality athletic gifts. Creating waves on the 2012 spring camp circuit with a handful of outstanding performances, Masina likely would have garnered more attention from other college programs had he not committed to Utah during the summer. The Utes have built their program on players like Masina and his natural football skills combined with his tremendous potential make him one to keep a close eye on.