Dickinson State University’s football recruiting pipeline stretches beyond the Peace Garden State and reaches across the Pacific Ocean in to Hawaii.
Una Masaniai was tailor made to be a grinder in the trenches.
“I just love the contact,” Masaniai said. “Playing rough growing up, getting run over, get back up and do it again. I just liked doing that.”
The senior defensive lineman has enjoyed the contact sport in his home state of Hawaii, at a junior college in California, and for more than a year now at DSU.
The decision to move halfway across the country seems like a big step, but Una felt comfortable knowing a cousin was already at DSU.
“[It was] the ending of the summer, like two weeks before the first game,” Masaniai said. “He hit me up and told me to come over here, and I was like ‘Yep, I’m on my way.'”
And it turned out that DSU was a great fit for him– weather aside, that is.
“Love the place, man,” Masaniai said. “Hate the cold, though.”
But it’s a small price to pay for a collegiate experience that Una calls a truly wholesome one.
“They’re making me more like a man through the game, teaching me how to be a better player and a better role model.”
The Blue Hawks play at home this Saturday against Presentation College.