I believe the DE/OLB you are thinking of is Osa Masina.
Highland High School (Bryan Mone) First Game
So my wife and I just returned from halftime at Highland's first game. There was some ominous lightning in the area and it had just started raining.
At any rate, Bryan Mone looked pretty good to my untrained eye. Through the half he had 4 tackles (there was a facemask penalty on one of those) and 1 sack. He played both ways but got breathers when he was on defense. He played most of the game at DT and RG but got a few reps in at DE. The sack came when he was playing DE on a 3 man line. It looked like he used a shoulder slap to knock the tackle off balance and then just blew by him and threw the QB down.
Most (if not all) of the tackles came at DT where he just blew through the line and ate the RB. Surprisingly the guys he was going against on the other team weren't that much smaller than him (the tackle in particular was larger than him) but they didn't look nearly as athletic. He also chased to the sidelines full bore so I'm not worried about his motor.
At guard he looked pretty good from what I could tell. But the defense he was going against was one of the stranger ones I've seen. It looked like 5 or 6 man lines with the DT's split wide and a LB in between them at the LOS. Most of the time Bryan was just destroying that poor LB... I laughed several times and my wife asked what I was cracking up about. So I pointed it out to her and she started laughing as well. Not sure what they were going for there but it wasn't working.
Lastly, the article posted today mentioned how he describes himself as mean and nasty (I think anyway) and I can verify that. He got into it a few times with one of the other team's DT's and watching him just mercilessly destroy that LB over and over was enough evidence for me.
Wish I could have watched the whole game but as I said it was getting nasty out. Thankfully my wife loves high school football so I'm sure I'll make it to another game or two. We might try to go see the DE that Michigan is recruiting next year who's name escapes me at the moment as well.
Thanks for the update. I swear there is an MGoBlogger in every city of this country, just for scouting like this
find a wife that likes football so much! What do the others think?
You let a little inclement weather and the continuation of your marriage stop you from reporting the entire stats of a high school kid across the country who may play for Michigan some day? And you call yourself a fan?
In all seriousness, thanks for the report.
Ha, agreed. It looks like they finished the game according to the newspaper report. There was seriously lightning all around the field... maybe that's no big thing here. Ah well.
Where do you live in Utah? I used to live there. First in Bountiful then moved down to point of the mountain in Draper.
SLC, about a 5 minute drive to Highland HS.
Also, I used to live in SLC for a little while...not very far from Mone's highschool. CSB.
Love the firsthand account. Looking forward to having Mone in a winged helmet!
Just moved back to the midwest from Ogden, UT myself. Would have loved to see Mone play in person this year, though. Mountain Crest's size doesn't surprise me too much, that's farm country up there and they have some big boys. MC was the 4A state runner up last year, but they lost a few of their skilled guys, IIRC.
thanks for sharing.