Santa Monica College cornerback Dejaun Butler told us he has accepted a scholarship from the Warriors.
Here’s our on-line story: Butler joins UH
There will be a full story/interview in Sunday’s Star-Advertiser.
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Somebody forgot to tell Daniel Masifilo to stop dreaming.
Six years ago, Masifilo, a Campbell High graduate, had a dream about playing college football. He went to Mount San Antonio College, a JC powerhouse, then to Arizona State. The NCAA noted 6.5 percent of high school football players go on to play college football.
Despite a significant role on ASU’s special teams, Masifilo wanted to fulfill a dream of playing for his home-state school. In 2013, he left the Pac-12 school to join UH as a walk-on. As a double walk-on, he was eligible to play without redshirting.
During the 2013 season, he moved from wideout to corner. A week later, he was in the DB rotation.
At UH’s 2014 Pro Day, he benched 225 pounds 18 times, had a 37-inch vertical jump, and ran 4.57 in the 40. He did not receive a pro shot, and that should have been that.
But Masfilo kept training — and believing. This past December, he earned a bachelor’s degree.
This month, he reached an agreement to play for the Aarhus Tigers of a pro league in Denmark. He said he will be used a receiver, defensive back, punt returner and kickoff returner. He departs Feb. 9.
Maybe it’s not the NFL, or Canada, or an indoor league. But he will be paid to play the game he loves — something 98.4 percent of former college football players won’t be doing. And he gets to live in Europe. Rightfully, Masifilo noted, he is “blessed.”