Upland, Calif., tight end Devin Mahina has had a BYU scholarship offer on his list for quite some time, but now the Cougars have been joined by two Pac 10 teams and a Big 12 school.
"Arizona, Washington State, Colorado and BYU have offered me," Mahina, who is 6-foot-6 and 223 pounds, said. "UCLA, USC, Arizona, Ole Miss, Nebraska, Tennessee and pretty much all of the Pac-10 have been sending me things."
Mahina was the only underclassmen to earn all-league honors in his area, and he did damage on both side of the football.
"On the offensive side of the ball, Devin has great hands as a tight end," Upland coach Tim Salter said. "He does a great job getting open and catching the ball in traffic. Devin is a hard working young man who is taking it seriously to increase his speed. He is working on his speed and quickness with the track team."
Up to a few weeks ago, BYU was the team that had been pushing him the hardest, but that's now changed and a new team has stepped up its efforts.
"I'd say Colorado is recruiting me the hardest," Mahina said. "I get a letter from them every day, their coach came by my school and they send me e-mails and text messages all the time. They wanted me to tell my mom Happy Mother's Day the other day. They said they've been looking, but they still haven't found anyone like me."
But CU somehow doesn't crack his top two at this point.
"I'd probably say BYU and UCLA are the top two teams right now," he said. "It's probably between those two. I have to go on a two-year mission before I get on campus so the coaches at UCLA are worried about that. They want to know more about it before they offer me.
"I'm going to junior one-day camps at BYU and UCLA this summer. I haven't thought about any other camps yet, and I've already set up an official visit to BYU on January 12th."
Mahina said his faith will play a major factor in his decision.
"I want a school that will let me go on my two-year mission since I'm Mormon," he said. "I want them to be a good program with a good environment for me to be a part of. They need to have good academics, too."