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Hard work pays immense dividends for Serra’s Mahasin

Hassan Mahasin catches a pass at a Deliberate Training Session on Nov. 28, 2020. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo
Hassan Mahasin catches a pass at a Deliberate Training Session on Nov. 28, 2020. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo

On Jan. 22, Serra receiver/running back/defensive back Hassan Mahasin’s trajectory stared him right in the eye.

Colorado offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach Darrin Chiaverini reached out to Mahasin. He and Colorado, soon-to-be led by a new head coach a few weeks later in Karl Dorrell, wanted Mahasin to be a part of their program in the future. 

“That first offer was crazy,” Mahasin said. “I didn’t expect it at all. It showed me to stay humble and keep going.”

For his entire life, Mahasin – who started playing football at 5 years old – made it a point to outwork everybody and make sure he did everything in his power to become the first member of his family to play Division I football.

He’s been working out every Sunday since he was 5 and working out seven days per week. Workouts entail around two hours of hard work, and sometimes he worked out twice per day.

The results of that extra effort proved crucial for Mahasin in the long run, whose offer list seems to expand by the day in the 2020 calendar year.

Since the Colorado offer, five more Division I programs offered Mahasin a scholarship – Arizona State, Florida Atlantic, New Mexico, San Jose State and Utah State.

And Mahasin – the No. 32 player in the Xclusive Speed Top 45 Powered by West Coast Preps – knows exactly what he’s looking for whenever he chooses to commit.

“Good academics, good football team, football atmosphere and coaches that are going to develop me into the next level,” Mahasin said.

A few months before these offers arrived, Mahasin shined on a Serra Padres squad that went 13-2, split a West Catholic Athletic League crown and was a state runner-up at the Division 1-A level.

Mahasin totaled 434 rushing yards and five touchdowns on the ground, alongside 292 receiving yards and three scores.

Once the final whistle sounded on the 2019 campaign, Mahasin immediately hit the ground running ahead of his junior season.

When the offseason first started, Mahasin was 160 pounds and lifting 225 pounds. Now he’s 180 pounds and lifting 275 pounds, finding improvements in his strength, speed and route running.

“I’ve grown a lot,” Mahasin said. “I’ve really seen my quickness got better. I got a little faster and I gained 20 pounds, so it’s been good.”

In the looming 2021 winter/spring season, Mahasin’s eyes are set on the highest marks as he aims to add to an already strong legacy at Serra.

“My goals this year is to score at least 30 touchdowns, break some records,” Mahasin said. “And the team goal is to win a state championship.”

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