Jason P. Skoda is the sports writer at the Ahwatukee Foothills
News. Contact him at (480) 898-7915 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted: Wednesday, February 1, 2012 1:35 pm
The best story of the day on national signing day came from
someone who didn’t sign at all.
At least not yet.
Desert Vista senior Ryan Masel nearly quit football two years
ago when a head injury forced him to the sidelines. Instead of
walking away completely, he started playing around with long
“It was a way to stay in the game,” Masel said. “I asked
coach (Dan) Hinds if it was something I could try, and it all
worked out from there.”
While Masel didn’t sign a letter of intent on Wednesday like
his teammates JJ Dielman (Utah), Mike Arredondo (New Mexico), Matt
Smith (Cornell) and Dominic Kereluk (Colorado-Pueblo) did, he is
headed to Washington with preferred walk-on status.
“I called the coach and went to a camp over the summer,”
Masel said. “Their guy was graduating this year and I was told that
I could walk on. I have to go up in the summer and if I win the
spot then I will be on full scholarship, starting at the first
Masel is just one of several preferred walk-on guys from
Desert Vista. Punter Eric Camarillo will do the same this year at
Utah where the Utes have a senior punter in place so he would get a
shot the following year.
Thunder defensive back Ryan Wagner and wide receiver Matt
Geranen will have preferred walk-on status at Northern Arizona,
while place-kicker Scotty Goldfein will receive a partial athletic
scholarship at Division II Azusa Pacific.
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Wednesday, February 1, 2012 1:35 pm.