Wide receiver Rashad Mason (6-5, 225, 4.5) thinks his size is his best attribute. "I have good leaping ability and I'm tall," Mason said. "I have a real nose for the ball. I still want to improve my route-running and footwork. I'd like to get out of breaks faster. I also want to improve my hand-eye coordination."
Mason benches 310-pounds, squats 425 and has a 40-inch vertical jump.
Although the youngster from Pearl-Cohn High School in Nashville denies a leader, Mason admits favoring Mississippi, UCLA, Michigan, LSU and Florida. He has offers from all of them except LSU and Florida. Mason also has offers from Louisville, Tennessee and Arkansas.
"LSU has my film and I'm just waiting to hear back from them," Mason said.
He says that Mississippi is recruiting him the hardest and he'll be visiting Ole Miss on February 2. "I don't know too much about them, but their recruiting coordinator (Hugh Freeze) came by my house and I really liked him. He says that the program is turning around and he sees me making a big difference for them."
Although Mason now has several scholarship offers, he didn't get his first one until just a few weeks ago. "I didn’t play my junior season because I had a skull fracture and bruised lung from a car accident," Mason said. "Once teams could see some film on me they offered."
His first offer came from the Bruins about two weeks ago. "It's a good environment," Mason said. "I've never been to California, but I know the weather is nice and warm and I heard it's a nice area. I'd really like to get away from home and go away to college."
Mason will be visiting UCLA on January 12 and Michigan on January 19. "Michigan is one of the top programs year after year," Mason said. "Their record and tradition speaks for itself. I'd prefer to be somewhere warm, but it's not a big deal. I'll see what it's like during my visit."
Mason says he'd like to make his decision near Signing Day (Feb. 7). "I'd like to play for coaches that will treat me like their son," Mason said. "I want to be able to talk to my coach. I want a coach that will be a father-figure."
He reports a 2.4 core GPA and an 18 ACT--January retake.