JC Player Has His Sights on ASU

The Sun Devils, Washington Huskies, Michigan State Spartans, and South Carolina Gamecocks have caught the eye of this player.

Matt Mason, a defensive end from Glendale Community College, visited ASU during their game at U of A. "It was a beautiful day and the rivalry is always great. I got to talk to coach Koetter for about ten minutes, and I enjoyed talking to other coaches too. The other recruits I met were cool too. " Said the 6-5 255 player "I have a lot of ties to ASU. My father and grandpa played here, and my grandma who passed away had season tickets. Growing up in the valley, I'm very familiar with ASU growing up in the valley. There really were no surprises on my visit. ASU is a god team. I hate to say it but U of A played better that day."

The only official visit Mason has set up is with South Carolina on 1/20, and I could tell that he had excitement in his voice talking about this SEC team "I can't wait to meet coach Lou Holtz." He added that he hopes that more schools notice him contact him regarding official visits and scholarship offers. "UCLA is one of those schools."

Mason is scheduled to graduate in May, and will have three years to play two. When I asked about his strengths he said: ‘I'm very fast, I run a 4.6. I'm also quick from side to side. I did put on a lot of muscle lately too. I wear #75 because I try to play like Howie Long. I also try to emulate Kevin Greene. I study a lot of film on my own. I look at tendencies of the players I line up against, and try to exploit them. My dad Gary mason played defensive end too, so that helps as far as giving me advice." When listing his weaknesses he said: "I find myself thinking too much late in the game, instead of just reacting. I'm a better pass rusher than run stopper. I also need to keep my ankle healthy, which probably means playing no Basketball in the off-season (smile)."

Mason is academically qualified, and as mentioned, is scheduled to graduate in May.

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