May 25, 2006

Two favorites for two-way standout

Defensive end/tight end Devin Mahina (6-6, 225, 4.7) from Upland, Calif., could be getting close to making a decision now that he has offers from his two top schools.

The thing that has Mahina climbing up the charts is he has athleticism and versatility. Many D-I schools like the idea of bringing in players that have the ability to play more than one position.

"UCLA made it official today (May 23rd)," Upland assistant coach Mike Esquivel said. "Coach John Wristen called Coach (Tim) Salter to let him know. Coach Wristen said the paperwork would be mailed to the Mahina household immediately."

"UCLA and BYU are his two favorites right now," Esquivel said. "The Bruins and the Cougars have offered him at both tight end and defensive end. Oregon is recruiting Devin as a defensive end."

Mahina was the only underclassman to be selected all-league on both sides of the ball. He was second-team all-league as a tight end, but the first-team guy, Oregon State bound John Reese was on the same team.

That's right Mahina backed up the player who earned first-team honors. What does that tell you about his ability as a tight end.

Besides UCLA and BYU, Mahina has offers from Arizona, Oregon, Washington State and Colorado.

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