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Utah Utes football: Local LB prospect Uaea Masina commits to the U.

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  • jonnyboy Orem, UT
    July 29, 2012 9:09 p.m.

    Great get for utah. It was good to win masina over byu

  • SoonerUte Salt Lake City, UT
    July 29, 2012 9:28 p.m.

    "Every player and every coach would talk to me and treat me like I was their equal, and I loved that."

    Coach Whittingham has put together a great atmosphere up on the hill. They act like a team, and don't need a catch phrase t-shirt to show it.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    July 29, 2012 9:41 p.m.

    Great pickup! He's ranked #5 in State by Rivals.

    Welcome to the Ute Nation!

    Go UTES!!

  • PAC12Fan South Jordan, UT
    July 29, 2012 10:35 p.m.

    What does he mean when he says he wants to play great teams each week in a conference? That stuff should not matter. Right?

  • Qwest Perfected Salt Lake City, UT
    July 29, 2012 10:45 p.m.

    Welcome to the Utes Uaea!

    Time and time again recruits mention the family atmosphere up on the hill. Kyle and the rest of the coaching staff have done a great job in creating that. As a poster stated above, Utah is a team and they play and act as such.

    Keep it up Utes! I'm looking forward to a great season.

    It's a great time to be a Ute and I'm happy we continue to get top talent from the in state recruits.

    Go Utes!

  • StGtoSLC SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    July 29, 2012 10:49 p.m.

    "Utah now has 11 commits for the 2013 signing class."

    Brandon, that's 10 by my count. Do you know something I don't?

  • Max-was-right springville, UT
    July 29, 2012 10:53 p.m.

    Ha Ha Ha, you ute fans are funny. You get a kid that was always going to be a ute and all you can do is hint BYU-BYU-BYU...how sad is it for the real Ute fans that are only obsessed with all things utah? If I were a true Ute fan, I would hate the fellow ute fans above. I would hope they all start sporting their BYU gear based on the facts I know where their hearts really are.

  • StGtoSLC SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    July 29, 2012 11:18 p.m.

    "how sad is it for the real Ute fans that are only obsessed with all things utah?"

    That would include you, then?

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    July 30, 2012 8:49 a.m.

    "Playing in the Pac-12 and with it a guarantee of a stellar schedule year-in and year-out was another factor."

    Does this include Northern Colorado, Colorado, Arizona, Arizona State, UCLA, Oregon State and Washington State?

    I don't discredit a PAC12 schedule, but I'm not sure I would call it stellar at least when comparing to the SEC, BIG10, BIG12, BYU's future schedule and Utah's announcement to play easier non-conference opponents.

    Utah is clearly #2 in a weak South Division. Until a couple other teams Rise Up from the South Division, Utah's schedule will not be stellar. Utah's schedule is a lot like it was in the MWC, win two or three key games and U could have a shot at the Rose Bowl.

    Congrats Uaea. I'm glad you're staying to play in-state.

  • Dutchman Murray, UT
    July 30, 2012 8:52 a.m.

    Max-was-wrong,

    If the kid was always going to be a Ute as you claim, then why did BYU even bother to offer him a scholarship? Are you suggesting that Bronco is deliberately wasting his time and energy?

  • couglifer South Jordan, UT
    July 30, 2012 9:42 a.m.

    @Dutchman
    Brighton linebacker Uaea Masina was tempted by the offers from BYU and San Diego State, but in the end it was his love of Utah football that won out as the 6-foot-4, 210-pound Masina committed to the Utes on Sunday.
    this quote came from the sltrib so was it going to be any other way.
    Good get for the Utes

  • Dutchman Murray, UT
    July 30, 2012 9:48 a.m.

    CougFaninTX,

    2012---Washington State 30--BYU 7.

    You guys would love to be playing in the PAC 12 and playing that schedule that you mock. It turns out BYU tried for decades to get an invite to the now PAC 12 and it never came. Now you treat the PAC 12 as if you were never interested. Funny.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    July 30, 2012 10:26 a.m.

    @dutchman

    If Troy Hinds was "always going to be a Cougar" then why did utah offer him a scholarship?

    Because he is good, and instate, just like Masina is. What an ill thought comment.

  • Uteanymous Salt Lake City, Utah
    July 30, 2012 10:32 a.m.

    Dutchman

    "You guys would love to be playing in the PAC 12 and playing that schedule that you mock."

    It's laughable how Utah fans constantly belittled EVERY PAC 10 opponent BYU played in recent years as mediocre or worse, but now that the Utes are in the PAC 12, EVERY PAC 12 opponent is "stellar".

    The hypocrisy and inconsistency of the labels used by the kids on the hill is hysterical... and pathetic.

    Moving forward, Utah fans are delusional if they think that BYU fans are "envious" of Utah's PAC 12 schedule for 2013, when BYU's 2013 schedule features home games against Boise State, Georgia Tech, Texas, and Utah, and away games at Hawaii, Houston, Notre Dame, Utah State, and Wisconsin.

  • Jefe-Ute SLC, UT
    July 30, 2012 10:44 a.m.

    To start, I am a HUGE Utah fan but attending at BYU. I love that the last couple of recruits have talked about how welcome they feel at Utah. I can't remember his name, but the recruit before out of Texas talked about feeling like family at Utah and that he didn't get that same feeling at BYU. These players aren't just making stuff up for the news, it's real. The football players wear the band of brothers shirts, as well as students, and yet when it comes time to show that brotherhood, they turn away and are hypocrites. Everything is competition at BYU and it's all about inclusion at Utah. I am glad that the players see that and chose Utah. Go Utes!

  • U 90 Corona, CA
    July 30, 2012 10:56 a.m.

    CougfanTX,

    You're correct, Utah's schedule 2013 includes N. Colorado, Colorado, Arizona, Arizona State, UCLA, Oregon State and Washington St? However, it does NOT include Weber St., Idaho, San Jose State and New Mexico State :)

    The PAC12 is certainly not the toughest conference.... the SEC is. But according to Sagarin the PAC12 over the last 5 years has ranked, 4th, 1st, 3rd, 4th, 2nd. Forty percent of the time they have been the number #1 or #2 conference. Not a world-beater conference, but certainly very similar rankings to the BIG12 and BIG10 over the past 5 years.

  • SoonerUte Salt Lake City, UT
    July 30, 2012 10:57 a.m.

    "Utah fans are delusional if they think that BYU fans are "envious" of Utah's PAC 12 schedule for 2013, when BYU's 2013 schedule features home games against Boise State, Georgia Tech, Texas, and Utah, and away games at Hawaii, Houston, Notre Dame, Utah State, and Wisconsin."

    The best thing about BYU's 2013 schedule is has ended the "BYU to the Big 12" delusionsal talk. Fans have calmed down and are accepting independence. Its a nice schedule -- certainly better than what they had in the MWC -- not quite a BCS conference schedule, but still nice.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    July 30, 2012 11:09 a.m.

    @u 90

    "However, it does NOT include Weber St., Idaho, San Jose State and New Mexico State :)"

    Neither does BYU's :)

  • lanius Woods Cross, UT
    July 30, 2012 11:25 a.m.

    Duck,

    At least not yet, is there not some open spots? Three or four?

  • U 90 Corona, CA
    July 30, 2012 11:40 a.m.

    duck,

    good catch, I hit the wrong key. Let me re-state without the typo

    Utah's 2012 schedule does not include Weber St., Idaho, San Jose State and New Mexico State.

    Even though I know you understood my post the first time I don't mind calling out cougar fan hypocrisy for you a second time since you seem very interested in that topic today

  • phantomblade Salt Lake City, Utah
    July 30, 2012 2:09 p.m.

    U 90

    Utah fans who continue harp on BYU's 2011 and 2012 schedules as examples of BYU's future Independent schedules are either ignorant or intentionally misrepresenting BYU's future schedules.

    As everyone knows, major college football schedules are created years in advance.

    Tom Holmoe stated right after BYU Independence was declared, that because of the short-term scheduling crunch, WAC teams would be heavily used to replace the MWC opponents on BYU's 2011 and 2012 schedules. However, he promised that BYU's schedule would improve dramatically beginning in year 3 of Independence, which it has.

    As for 2012, it remains to be seen whether Notre Dame, Georgia Tech, Boise State, Utah, Hawaii, Washington State, Oregon State and Utah State turn out to be easier or more difficult as a group, than the top 8 opponents Utah plays in 2012.

    It's a given that BYU won't be playing any opponents nearly as pathetic as Northern Colorado.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    July 30, 2012 3:20 p.m.

    @u 90

    No I didn't know what you meant the 1st time, utah "fans" have been making the sjsu, nmsu, wsu st, claim for two years even though they know it was only a stop gap measure to fill the 1st couple of years. None of those teams exist on BYU's really good 2013 schedule which is evidence that Holmoe was right, and utah "fans" were wrong, all along.

    So are you trying to say that false claims by utah "fans" about BYU's future schedules do not exist and I had no reason to think you actually knew what you were posting?

  • Mildred in Fillmore Salt Lake City, UT
    July 30, 2012 5:37 p.m.

    This can't be true.

    Bronco has never lost a recruit to Utah.

  • Utah'95 FPO, AE
    July 30, 2012 5:52 p.m.

    CougFaninTX,

    You said, " Utah's schedule is a lot like it was in the MWC."

    Sorry, Bud, I'm gonna call you on this. Let's compare Utah's 2010 MWC schedule with Sagarin's rankings with their 2011 inaugural Pac-12 schedule. Here's how the teams ranked, top to bottom:

    TCU - 4, SDSU - 34, AFA - 37, BYU - 45, Wyo - 108, CSU - 130, UNLV - 131, UNM - 170

    USC - 12, Cal - 38, ASU - 41, UW - 44, Ariz - 64, UCLA - 66, WSU - 83, OSU - 87, CU - 107

    So, the top half of the two schedules are very similar in their difficulty. But there is a HUGE difference between the bottom halves of the schedules. Claiming that the two are "a lot alike" is silly.

    Utah and BYU have both moved on. Utah's Pac-12 membership will guarantee a more challenging schedule each year for the Utes, and it looks like BYU is committed to finding tougher opponents to face than the MWC delivered each year. I look forward to seeing how both programs hold up when tested week after week.

  • U 90 Corona, CA
    July 30, 2012 6:03 p.m.

    Phantom,

    my post was in response to cougfantx who was knocking utah's PAC12 schedule. Look at his post and then my response.... then you will get it. I'm not knocking BYUs future schedule (2013 & beyond). In fact I think the Y has a very strong schedule after this season... and I'm looking forward to it because it will make Saturdays more fun.

    The real intent of my post was to provide a little balanced feedback to cougfantx who believes the PAC12 is weaker than the BIG12 and BIG10 and duckhunter who believes that ONLY utah fans are hypocritical.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    July 30, 2012 6:15 p.m.

    @CougFaninTX

    Until a couple other teams Rise Up from the South Division, Utah's schedule will not be stellar. Utah's schedule is a lot like it was in the MWC, win two or three key games and U could have a shot at the Rose Bowl.

    ----------

    Yes sure it is...

    "While the grind of Pac-12 play is far different than the Mountain West Conference, it's clear that Utah can compete in the Pac-12. They figure to be a long-term fixture in the South Division race." -- Ted Miller (ESPN)

    Speaking of Big Ten's "superior schedule" Utah's 2011 SOS (49) was on par with #10 Wisconsin (43) and #12 Michigan (40).

    Maybe you should rethink your opinion by doing some research.

  • U 90 Corona, CA
    July 30, 2012 7:40 p.m.

    duck,

    I figured you, of all people, knew that 2012 is the year Utah plays N. Colorado and BYU plays Weber, Idaho, San Jose State and New Mexico State. My bad

  • U 90 Corona, CA
    July 30, 2012 9:49 p.m.

    phantomblade,

    no disrespect to BYU's 2013 schedule was intended... it's quite an upgrade over 2012 and will make Saturdays more fun. I simply made a typo and meant to say 2012 (not 2013) which may have confused things

    The overall point was to provide balanced feedback on cougfantx who claims the PAC12 is inferior to the BIG12 and BIG10.

  • Proud Ute ,
    July 31, 2012 5:13 p.m.

    Welcome to Utah Uaea!
    Can't wait to see you tearing it up on Saturday's.

  • don17 Temecula, CA
    July 31, 2012 11:28 p.m.

    Being #2 in the PAC 12 ought to be the realistic goal(ROSE BOWL). It is plain and simple, but most sobbering fact that USC is head and shoulders above Utah. Now Utah picked up a nice recruit this week and USC picked up a star! Silas Redd RB Penn St 1200 yards rushing in the BIG 10. A better conference than the Pack 12. USC is loaded with talent. Utah is loaded with hope! As for Ute fans panning BYU about its schedule. Remember this, they started with WAC games as a transition, but they are getting the pick of teams now. The Pac12 has some good teams and some weak ones too. It appears BYu is putting together an interesting assortment of teams that if beaten will be respect earning wins. Just as if Utah can take down a Oregon or USC. After that it will drop off some this year again. Go Sooners!