Football recruiting: Serra star Hassan Mahasin makes college choice after tearing ACL

Football recruiting: Serra star Hassan Mahasin makes college choice after tearing ACL

A week after a devastating knee injury prematurely ended his decorated high school career, Hassan Mahasin announced where he’ll be playing football in college.

The Serra Padres star athlete and reigning Bay Area News Group player of the year ended his recruitment Friday night with a verbal commitment to San Diego State. Mahasin, who starred as a receiver and a running back and also contributed as a defensive back, was rated four stars by the recruiting service 247Sports, which as the No. 23 athlete in the nation and the No. 29 overall prospect in California in the Class of 2022.

“I picked SDSU because I love the coaching staff,” Mahasin said after making his decision. “They have showed so much love to me even after my injury. The coaches are going to get me ready for the next level.”

Mahasin landed 10 scholarship offers, including from Arizona State, Boise State, Oregon State and Colorado, before deciding on the Aztecs. He said he loved his visit to San Diego State and the winning culture of the program.

Mahasin, whose explosive play earned him the nickname “The Missile,” was named Bay Area News Group player of the year after an impressive spring season. He scored 10 touchdowns in five games, split equally equally between the air and the ground. He stood a chance to become the first repeat winner since Antioch’s Najee Harris, who was a first-round pick in the past NFL draft.

Before this fall, Mahasin said his goal was to break the Padres’ school record for touchdowns in a season.

Through his first three games, Mahasin had caught 23 passes for 418 yards and seven touchdowns, in addition to three more touchdowns and 61 yards on 11 carries out of the backfield.

Mahasin scored his final high school touchdown at the end of the first half of Serra’s win over Bellarmine last week. On his first carry of the second half, he collapsed without contact, putting an early end to his prep career.

Tests later revealed Mahasin had torn his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) on a play earlier in the first half.

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Author: Evan Webeck