Thursday, March 20, 2014

Masuku Overcomes Adversity to Achieve Goal

Romeo Masuku is an easy kid to root for. Off the field he's quiet, humble and polite. But on the field he has worked hard over the years to from an athletic player to one of the most athletic, explosive, strong players in the region. He's developed into a player who can go for 6 anytime he touches the ball on offense and on defense he could knock your lights out on any given play. The link to Masuku's Hudl page complete with video highlights can be found by clicking here.

After playing at Trinity High in Manchester and then doing a post-grad year this past season at Worcester Academy, Masuku has now achieved his goal of playing D-I college football. Masuku has officially committed to attend and play football at the University of Rhode Island. He had to overcome adversity in high school in order to make it happen, though.

"It feels more than good to reach a goal you've been working for for a while" Masuku told the NH Notebook. "Ever since my father died my sophomore year from cancer, my mother has been the reason why I choose to work as hard as I do to meet my goals. She's a big part of my life and it's a huge motivation for me to work hard everyday on and off the field. Also having a good support from friends and family was a big boost along the way. I'm blessed to have this opportunity after facing a lot adversity. When you want something in life you have to work for it, it's simple as that. I look forward to many more great opportunities along the way but I just want to thank God and everyone that's been there for me that gave me a chance."

Rhode Island competes in the highly competitive Colonial Athletic Association (CAA), in Division I's Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). It wasn't an easy decision though, as URI was not the only D-I program recruiting Masuku.

"My Recruiting process started in the summer before my postgraduate year when I went down to Worcester for a small combine that Coach Johnson (head coach at Worcester Academy) had set up" said the 6-foot-1, 210 lbs. Masuku. "I got some interests from U Albany, UMaine, and Marist at the camp. During the season there wasn't really any recruitment going on. My teammates and I got most of the attention after the season when coaches were recruiting heavy. The recruiting process was stressful because there were a lot of dead periods where coaches couldn't talk to recruits due to NCAA rules. Over all the schools I was looking at were Rhode Island, Stonehill, University of Delaware, Hobart College, UNH and Missouri State University. I choose Rhode Island because I wanted to be part of the up and coming football program. Rhode Island has new coaches that I had a great connection with when I went on my visit, and to make things better it's close to home so my family came come down and watch some games."

Not only is Masuku fast, explosive, strong and athletic but he's also versatile. At Worcester Academy on offense he played both RB or WR, and on defense he played both SS and OLB. That versatility will serve him well at URI.

"I honestly don't know what the coaches have planned for me yet but I'm probably going to be on the defensive side of the ball either at safety or outside linebacker."

While his position at URI is still to b determined, one thing is for certain - the PG year at Worcester definitely helped Masuku take his game to the next level. I remember seeing him play as a sophomore for Trinity, and when you compare that to what I saw him do on film last year at Worcester it's hard to believe it's the same player. He really is a beast out there now, and that's a credit to the hard work he's put in.

"Doing a postgraduate year really helped a lot with recruitment" Masuku concluded. "Last year when I played for Trinity High School I got interest from James Madison University, UNH, and UMaine but my SAT's didn't meet the requirements to compete at a college level. Taking another year helped me get more exposure, physically ready to compete at the college level and also to get academically better and to improve my SAT's."

Congratulations to Masuku, and best of luck to him at URI.

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