School visiting East English Village Prep during the evaluation period have discovered that head coach Rod Oden has talent in all classes.
The player blowing up the most during this time has been Anton Curtis, the team's quarterback, but also athletic enough at 6-foot-3, 170-pounds to project to several other positions. His athleticism and versatility has brought in scholarship offers from Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, and Western Michigan.
"He's multi-dimensional," Oden says. "He can play about five positions total. He can play anywhere in the secondary -- cornerback or safety. He can play receiver and he can throw the ball fairly well. Some schools still want to evaluate him at quarterback. We've worked on size and strength."
Curtis has gained 15 pounds this offseason in an effort to build a more college ready body. He does not have a preference on position, he just wants an opportunity to play. He has that now, and word on the street is that the offers will continue to come in.
"We have indications that more are on the way," he said. "He has a lot of interest from the MAC as well as the Big Ten. It will come down to camp for the Big Ten schools, some MAC schools are finalizing decisions this week."
Curtis will have two outstanding targets to throw to this year in Armani Posey and Lindrell Mitchell, both rising juniors (2016 class). Posey also has experience at quarterback, but at 6-foot-1, 180-pounds, has desired attributes for receiver, while Mitchell compares favorably to Ashton Gaines, who Oden coached at Crockett.
"Lindrell is our Z receiver and our most dynamic guy in space. We move him around, motion him, he catches the ball well with his hands, navigates traffic very well. Posey is our vertical threat. He's taller, stretches the field vertically so Lindrell can run horizontally. They're a great combo for us to have the next two years."
"The sky's the limit for Emani," Oden says. "He could potentially be a day one draft guy. Everyone has asked about him from Alabama to Auburn to yesterday, I talked to Tennessee. He has put time in the weight room and we're getting him stronger. Last year technique got him through, but when he lost a block it was because physically, he was not as dominant as he needed to be, but we recognize his limitations and capabilities and expect him to be highly recruited by everybody. He's humble and hungry and he didn't turn 14 until January. He played his freshman season at 13 years old. So we expect big things from him."
Oden, who has coached NFL 1st Round draft choices like Brandon Graham and multiple other college players like Tony Lippett, says he expects Mason to leave East English as one of the best he's ever coached.
In addition to those prospects, schools are also keeping an eye on long, athletic, 6-foot-1 junior cornerback Brian Rivers, sophomore cover man James Ceasar, rising senior linebacker Kamahl March and others.