Arizona’s 2014 recruiting class is stellar, ranked 23rd nationally and has the Pac-12 buzzing about the new talent heading to Tucson. Among them is a humble, hard-working Kwesi Mashack, a speedy defensive back from Corona, California. Mashack was not heavily recruited out of high school but is looking to make every school that overlooked him regret their decision. He’s extremely fast (runs a 4.47 forty meter dash), elusive, and hungry to make an immediate impact this coming summer and fall. Despite a serious injury sustained early in his high school career, Mashack returned to the game he loved and earned his way to play for a major division one program. We spoke to Kwesi last week after Signing Day and asked him some questions about his expectations coming in.
Zona Zealots: Thanks for letting us interview you! When did you start playing football? How long have you been playing?
Kwesi Mashack: “I didn’t play for that long. My dad signed me up when I was older and then I just caught on from there. I felt like I was athletic enough. I originally played running back. I broke my femur freshman year but then eventually switched to cornerback my junior year.”
ZZ: What part of the University of Arizona are you most excited for?
KM: It’s a home environment and I love the campus. I feel like I’m really close to home and my family. That was really important to me coming in.I also really like the football staff, especially Coach Rodriguez and Coach Lockwood. Excited to play for those guys.
ZZ: What other schools recruited you out of high school?
KM: “I had three offers total. Arizona, Hawaii, and Eastern Washington.
ZZ: What are some goals and expectations you have for yourself coming into camp?
KM: “I want to make a good first impression and make my presence known. I want to be a Freshman All-American. That’s my main goal for this year. Having a good camp over the summer would also be good for me.”
ZZ: Playing in the Pac-12 is definitely a challenge. How do you think you’ll fare covering fast, talented receivers?
KM: “Besides the SEC, theres no better conference in college football. I’m excited for the challenge and for the chance to prove myself early.”
ZZ: Who is your favorite football player(s)?
Growing up in southern California, I loved Reggie Bush in college. Also, LaDainian Tomlinson was my favorite to watch.
ZZ: Thanks for your time, Kwesi. We’re excited to see you soon in Tucson!
KM: Thanks, man. Can’t wait to get out there.
Kwesi Mashack Recruiting Profile
Height: 5-10 Weight: 200lbs
From: Corona, CA High School: Norco Senior High School/Vista Murrieta High School
40 Yard Dash: 4.47
ESPN Overrall Scouting Grade: (3 Stars) 72
To check out Kwesi’s official Arizona Football profile, click here.