Football: Scouting 2015 – Osa Masina
Osa Masina is a machine on the gridiron. The junior OLB/ATHLETE creates endless match-up problems for the opponent’s coordinators, who have to game plan to stop this phenomenal talent from putting up huge numbers out in Utah. Currently holding 17+ offers from the likes of Michigan, Wisconsion, Washington, Oklahoma, UCLA, and in state rivals Utah and BYU; Masina will be able to pick his destination on Signing Day 2015.
Tale of the Tape
Physical Tools: All of 6-4 207 lbs. Masina is already a physical freak, with a frame that will make coach’s drool. Exhibited great all-around core strength, power, and explosion at the 2013 LA NFTC recording an 87.00 SPARQ rating as a sophomore; which included 34 ft. power ball toss, 4.31 pro agility shuttle and 30 inch vertical jump. Hard to believe that Masina was disappointed with his testing numbers. If that’s not enough, Masina’s film shows the major athleticism, ability, and demeanor all coaches look to have in a player.
Football IQ and Instincts: Breaking down the film on Masina, you can’t help but notice that his football I.Q. jumps off the screen; especially on the defensive side of the ball. The way he times up blitzes, shoots gaps, creates turnovers, and chases down plays full speed tells me he’s dialed in and does his prep work in the days leading up to the game.
Ball Skills: Starring as a RB/QB/KR/PR for the Brighton Bengals makes him that much more of a nightmare to deal with. The kid literally never comes off the field. Makes an impact on just about every snap of the game, which speaks volume for his ball skills.
Who he Reminds me of?
There are a couple great defensive players that Osa Masina’s film brings to mind. Both of who are currently terrorizing the college landscape and poised to be future Top 20 draft picks in the upcoming 2014 NFL draft.
Versatility: With his size, athleticism and multi-position experience; coaches might be intrigued to use Masina as a jumbo athlete and not to lock him into one position. This is why UCLA All-American Anthony Barr comes to mind. Barr started his collegiate career off as a running back for the Bruins before switching over to the dark side and settling into his true position. I wouldn’t rule a out a team using Masina’s skill set as a Wildcat Quarterback down the line.
Motor and Skill Set: Masina’s on-field demeanor is eerily similar to BYU’s stud OLB Kyle Van Noy. As you watch the relentlessness, passion, and playmaking ability of Masina on film its easy to see him having the same impact that Van Noy is currently having at BYU.
The Bottom Line
Whoever gets their hands on Osa Masina will have a true weapon at their disposal. Masina is laced with ability, football smarts, and grit. It’ll be that coach’s job to find a spot where he can best utilize all that talent.
Michael Fletcher is a Football Events Coordinator and Coach for the Nike Football SPARQ Combines, Nike Football Training Camps and The Opening. You can follow him on Twitter @1FletchMoBB, or email him at email@example.com. If you’re interested in learning more about The Opening, follow along on Twitter @TheOpening2014.