Rashad Mason (WR, Nashville, TN) - Wednesday night the 6' 6",
210 pound Pearl Cohn product was looking up in the basketball stands and saw a
who's who list of coaches in attendance.
"I looked up there and Coach
Freeze (Ole Miss), Carr and Campbell (Michigan), Davis (North Carolina), and Fulmer
(Tennessee) were all sitting next to each other with their school's hats on. I
was like man, I guess I have come a long ways," added Rashad Mason. "Last
year, nobody even knew who I was, and now I have all of these top programs wanting
How does that made Scout.com's #14 nationally rated WR
"It feels great, to be honest. I always thought I was one of
the top recruits, but nobody knew anything about me. But yea, it feels good to
be one of the top recruits," stated the soft spoken Mason.
was Mason such an unknown recruit going into his senior season?
reason Rashad was off the radar in recruiting until midway through this year is
because he was in a terrible car wreck last year and only played one game as a
junior," said Pearl Cohn head coach, Brunetti. "He was thrown out of
the car and beat up pretty badly. One kid died in the wreck."
took the issue head on for the '06 campaign.
"When Rashad came back
from the wreck this year, he was more serious and businesslike. He got his mind
right and realized life is a gift. He told me he's going to make the most of his
life - the wreck taught him a valuable lesson," Coach Brunetti noted. "He
developed a sense of urgency and an approach of doing things the right way, with
Mason was a multitalented player for Pearl Cohn this season.
"As a senior, he played both ways and on special teams for us. He played
wide receiver, free safety and was the long snapper on special teams. You don't
see many wide receivers who can do the things he did," Brunetti added. "I
think the sky is the limit for him. He is raw due to missing his junior year,
but his upside is tremendous."
What will Rashad have to work on for
the next level?
"Once he gets some one-on-one coaching in college,
he'll make a big jump. Like all incoming freshmen, he will have to work on his
route-running and ball skills, but his intensity level will be there. He's about
6-6 and weighs 211 pounds. There is no telling what he will develop into with
a year-round weight program."
Coach Brunetti spoke about what makes
Mason such an easy kid to coach.
"Rashad is a smart kid. His grades
are fine and he's smart on the field. We put in a new, prostyle offense this year.
He learned that and our defense. He had to play all four WR spots and some tight
end and handled it all mentally and physically."
When it comes to
Rashad's recruitment, Coach Brunetti has no doubt that Mason will cross all the
"T's" and dot all the "I's" before making a final decision.
"He will definitely take all five of his visits and make a decision
from there. He is an analytical kid who will evaluate all the pros and cons and
then come up with what is best for him. He will make a good choice and he has
five excellent schools after him."
Mason was scheduled to visit UCLA
this weekend, but had a change of plans when the Bruins staff lost touch and the
Rebels pushed him to move up his visit.
"I am going to Ole Miss this
weekend. I will probably knock out UCLA from consideration because I have not
heard from them lately. I will add somebody else in there."
has already visited North Carolina and Michigan and is scheduled to visit Ole
Miss (1/19) and LSU (1/20) next.
Who could grab that last spot?
Kentucky, Arkansas, Louisville, Clemson or Tennessee."
out with Ole Miss right now?
"I just like how their coaches have recruited
me. I also like how their program is about to change. They are about to improve
themselves. That would be neat to help a team go from the bottom to the top, and
I think they are about to do it."
The coaches at North Carolina made
an impression with Mason during his official visit.
"I love their
coaches. They are real straight up and down to earth. I can just joke around with
them and be myself."
Michigan's players also left their mark during
his official visit.
"I just like their players. We bonded. I liked
Ryan Mallett. We became friends on my visit. I like how their players bond."
had voiced his concerns about playing for a school in a cold environment but that
opinion might be changing.
"That has changed. I talked to Ryan, and
he said if you are going to play in the NFL, you play in different climates so
you have to get use to it."
Rashad's home state college, Tennessee,
is also trying to become a force in his recruitment.
two weeks ago is the first time I heard from them. They said they just got in
my tape. I went to their camp, but they wanted to see more film of me. Then like
two weeks ago, they offered me after they saw my film."
does Mason feel like want him the most?
"That would be between North
Carolina, Ole Miss, and Michigan."
Rashad claims a 3.0 overall GPA/
2.4 Core GPA / 19 ACT.