Focus '08: J.D. Mason

Focus '08: J.D. Mason

J.D. Mason has been a force on both sides of the ball for Philipsburg-Osceola Area High School over the past two seasons and recently took his show on the road to three programs for camp. Mason has yet to pick up his first offer, however the Ivy Leagues are banging down his door and he could have a future there.

J.D. Mason, a 6-foot-5, 205-pound wide receiver from Philipsburg-Osceola Area High School in Philipsburg, Pa., recently camped at Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh and Temple and has been receiving interest from many schools including Connecticut, Princeton, Columbia, Ohio, Akron and Toledo. While his timed speed is something that is certainly holding him back a bit right now he feels that his field speed is what counts.

"I don't have great timed speed at all which has really hurt me with some programs because they look at that and are dismissive of me right away, however I do have good field speed and run good routes," Mason explained. "I can get off the line well and use my body to create separation and also think I have pretty good hands. Right now I have had a lot of interest from Ivy League schools and the MAC and have been to three camps, so we'll see what happens from here. I camped at Penn, Temple and Pitt already and plan to go to Princeton and Columbia this weekend."

Temple - "I really liked the staff a lot there and they really seemed to like what I brought to the table at camp, so there is definite mutual interest there and they told me they would get back to me when their camps had concluded. While I was down there I took a quick tour of the campus while we had a break and while the surrounding areas are not great the campus itself is really nice."

Pittsburgh - "My father actually went to law school at Pittsburgh and they are a great school with excellent facilities, however I don't think that I am their type of player at wide receiver and don't really feel comfortable on campus there."

Connecticut - "I was supposed to camp there, but I am also being recruited for baseball as a pitcher and my team had an important game, so I did not want to let them down by not coming to the game. I have been to Connecticut twice now, once for a junior day and then again for a practice and tour and really liked Coach Matt Cersosimo and Coach Randy Edsall who has ties to this area. The facilities there were absolutely insane and I was really impressed with what they had to offer, but there has been a lack of contact from them lately, so I have shifted my focus onto other programs at this point."

As a junior, Mason caught 28 passes for 620 yards and three touchdowns. He also added 55 tackles, four tackles for loss, nine interceptions and returned an interception for a touchdown from his cornerback position. For his efforts he was named first-team All-League, All-Area and Class AA All-State.

As a sophomore, Mason caught 20 passes for 375 yards and four touchdowns. On defense, he made 49 tackles, five tackles for loss, intercepted nine passes and returned one for a touchdown. He was named first-team All-League, All-Area and was an honorable mention Class AA All-State selection.

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