As has seemingly been the case with many prospects Scout has been in contact with since the final tally, the Crimson Tide’s loss has no bearing on his outlook and interest in the program.
In fact the Pleasant Grove (Ala.) sophomore, who added a UA offer this summer, admits the experience helped with Nick Saban’s lead for his signature on a letter of intent.
“No doubt,” Mason said. “Another thing that elevates them is that they not only focus on football itself, but life after football. They stress your education and future more than anything. They also have a numerous amount of opportunities to make sure you stay on top of your lesson and also stay out of trouble.”
As most of the college football world was, the projected safety was especially interested in ‘Bama/Ole Miss leading up the the plenty-hyped kickoff.
“It was great, it was really intense, also energetic. I love their fan support,” he said. “The best part was when all the players were jumping up and down to the music before warmups. I love the hype.”
“I like the way their defense is run and I could see myself with them in the future,” he said. “It was a great experience overall. I also talked to coach (Billy) Napier. He was saying that he really liked me and to keep grinding and being a good person on and off the field. And that he heard nothing but positive things about me.”
Mason and the Spartans, who made it all the way to the 5A title game in 2014 and are off to a 4-0 start this fall, travel to Hueytown (Ala.) High on Friday. The star sophomore is recovering from a separated shoulder suffered on the September 11 win over Birmingham (Ala.) Parker and may be back in action this week or the next.