One of the top junior linemen in the state of Washington this past season was Inglemoor OL/DL Titus Makasini. The talented prospect earned lineman of the year in the Kingco 4A Crest Division for his work on both sides of the ball, but he recently told Northwest Elite Index that people shouldn’t make any mistakes about where his heart lies.
“I’m a Polynesian, we all play defense,” Makasini said with a chuckle. “I love contact. I love everything about it. I love contacting the guy across from you, shedding his block and then stuffing the ball-carrier where he’s trying to go.”
Makasini is a 6’4″, 280-pounder who is athletic enough to run a 5.3 forty, plays basketball for his high school and throws the shot and javelin in track and may try to take part in another event.
“I want to run the 100 meters this year,” Makasini said. “I’m serious about it too. I know there aren’t a lot of guys my size who run that event, but training for that will help me be more explosive and will keep me in good shape too”.
“That’s really why I play basketball right now. I want to stay in shape and I just love competing. Any chance I get to go out there and run around and compete against other top athletes, I try and take advantage of that.”
Makasini’s basketball season ends this weekend and he said while he will start getting ready for track season, as he also plans to take in at least a couple Barton Elite Invite events.
“Yeah, I definitely want to get down for a couple,” Makasini said. “Mikey (Tupou) went last week and I’ll probably go down there with him.
“I need to get stronger and work on my hand-fighting and footwork. There are always things you can improve on and I feel like with the talent they have going there, I can really get some good work in and face some good competition.”
On the recruiting front, Makasini said he hasn’t gotten any offers, but the two in-state Pac 12 schools have both made contact.
“Washington and Washington State have both been sending me letters and I know they came by our school after the season,” Makasini said. “This spring I’m hoping to get out and see some of the practices at different schools and I also want to get out to some camps and combines this summer.
“It’s all sorta new for me, but I’m excited about it and want to see what happens.”
We will have more from Makasini in the near future as the recruiting process really starts to hit it’s stride.