Wednesday morning brought to reality the two SDSU football additions we at sonsofmontezuma.com, and all of Aztecland, Aztec Nation, or Montezuma Mesa for that matter, were expecting. Another BOOM on the Richter scale went off in San Diego County—but this wasn’t a seismic shift in the fault lines around Southern California.
The long awaited and anticipated signings of Hassan “THE MISSIL3” Mahasin and Josh Hunter both took place on Wednesday’s National Signing Day. Both have high expectations of themselves and both come with great expectations from SDSU.
WR Hassan Mahasin – 3 Star
Junipero Serra HS
For Hassan Mahasin, as our recruiting analyst Dirtball Dan noted in our Early Signing Day Podcast, “Hassan is one of these guys that has that high upside, the freak athlete—they call him the missile. He happened to tear his ACL a few months ago … You never want to see a kid get hurt, but that being said he’s an explosive athlete. For SDSU it could be a blessing in disguise because it was a 50/50 chance they would get him at that point.”
For some, that uncertainty of signing in the early period could lead to an uneasy feeling. The young man was offered by a slew of Pac-12 and in conference rivals such as Arizona State, Colorado, and Boise State. But when dealing with injuries of this kind, there is a lot to be monitored and contemplated on both sides. The teammate of fellow Aztecs 2022 freshman class Drew Azzopardi, there never seemed to be a hesitation with Hassan. A campus visit and all that San Diego has to offer were just the things to seal the deal—and rightly so.
Hassan comes onto the Mesa possessing one of the most talented skill sets this offense has expected in quite some time at the wide receiver position. Notable speedsters like the state of New Mexico track star Jordan Byrd was one, but at the running back spot. The addition of Mahasin immediately catapults him to the 2nd highest recruit to sign with SDSU just behind the newly updated 4-star RB Lucky Sutton.
It will be interesting to see how offensive coordinator Jeff Hecklinski develops Mahasin’s talents into a revamped Aztecs offense. An offense that by the time Mahasin is 100% rehabilitated from his injuries, will surely look very different than what was presented this past season.
“I see him in the slot causing massive problems with his speed & quickness trying to cover this kid.” Dirtball suggests.
“He has the personality and the kind of cockiness that a wide receiver has that we could use–we could use that swag. So he’s going to be a fan favorite. We just got to get him healthy, get him rehabbed and on campus”
DB Josh Hunter – 3 Star
Mater Dei HS
The second addition to the Aztecs 2022 class is another incredibly talented and exciting freshman. Defensive back Josh Hunter out of Mater Dei high school in Santa Ana, CA joins SDSU. Josh was absolutely coveted by this Aztecs program, national experts and Sons of Montezuma.
Listed at 5’9″ 165 lbs, Josh received interest from some of the big boys of college football with LSU, Oregon, and Wisconsin.
Nationally, 247.com’s expert recruiting analyst Greg Biggins had really positive things to say about the young Hunter. “Josh is a natural football player, if he was 2 inches and 20 pounds bigger, he could potentially be a top 200 recruit in the nation.” Biggins detailed.
“He is that type of guy, says Dirtball. “He’s got good instincts, he can play multiple positions in the secondary and was a captain for a top high school team nationally.”
From all things considered Hunter ranks near the top 3 in overall rankings from this 2022 Aztecs recruiting class alongside Hassan Mahasin and Lucky Sutton. To listen to the entire Sons of Montezuma breakdown of the full 2022 Aztecs recruiting class click below and get familiar with each player now making their home in San Diego, up on Montezuma Mesa.