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Three leaders for two-way standout

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One of the fastest rising prospects on the west coast is defensive end/tight end Devin Mahina (6-6, 225, 4.7) from Upland, Calif., is up to eight offers on his table.
It was just over a week ago when Mahina received a huge offer from UCLA and now it looks like his stock is going from hot to hotter.
"Devin just picked up two new offers the last couple of days," Upland assistant coach Mike Esquivel said. "You can add UTEP and Utah to the list of offers he has currently."
"Devin has informed me that now Oregon is now a high interest for him and it rounds up the top three for him," Esquivel said. "The top three are UCLA, BYU and Oregon. He Plans on taking trips to all three of them in the future."
"Devin visited BYU for their football camp last week and was impressed with there facilities," Esquivel said. "He then went to UCLA for their one day camp on Sunday (June 4th)."
Mahina was one of the gems that showed up at the UCLA Camp and was outstanding. He was very quick and fluid. He was definitely amongst the top performers at the camp.
The two-way standout from Upland high currently has offers from UCLA, BYU, Oregon, Arizona, Colorado, Washington State, UTEP and Utah.
Mahina has seen his stock climb the charts this spring because D-I schools have been able see him close and gage his upside.
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.
At his tight end position he caught eight passes for 80 yards. He made the all-league team more because of his blocking but, this fall he will see the ball a lot more.
From his defensive end spot Mahina racked up 48 tackles and two sacks.
In an earlier interview with Rivals.com Upland head coach Tim Salter had the following things to say about Mahina.
"On the offensive side of the ball, Devin has great hands as a tight end," Salter said. "He does a great job getting open and catching the ball in traffic."
"On the defensive side of the ball Devin could play the three tech or five tech," Salter said. "He is fast enough to contain or we can stand him up and have him drop in coverage."
"Devin is lanky and has long arms but he plays low so with his long arms gets good separation and keeps blockers off him," Salter said. "He is also very tough to pass over because of his frame."
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