Athletic Defensive End Getting Attention

This South Alabama standout talks about football and what colleges he's hearing from at the moment.

Jackson, Ala.--A player who is certain to receive a lot of attention this season as teams look for athletic defensive linemen is Gabriel Mass.

A standout at the Combine in Mobile last month, Mass says he feels like he proved himself in his first camp setting against some of the very best high school juniors the South has to offer.

"It was a real great experience," Mass says. "I just felt honored to be there. It was my first combine. Hopefully I'll get to go to a lot more.

"I think I did real good," he says. "I was quick off the ball and used my speed to get around most of the offensive linemen. It was really cool to see how I stacked up against some of the top offensive linemen around."

Checking in at 6-3, 247 pounds, Mass has the look of a linebacker in the body of a defensive end. With a personal-best 40-yard dash time of 4.9 seconds, Mass has the quickness to make plays up front.

A starter since his freshman season, Mass had a very good junior year for the Aggies from his defensive end spot. He made 55 tackles, six sacks, three fumble recoveries and forced two fumbles. As a sophomore he made 60 tackles and eight sacks. Those numbers have several colleges interested in Mass, but he notes he's still waiting on his first offer.

"I'm hearing from Auburn, Alabama and Mississippi State," Mass says. "That's about it right now. I don't have any offers yet. I got invited to Alabama's Junior Day, but I had a basketball game."

A relentless defender who says he tries to go full speed on every play, Mass says that his aggressiveness and speed off the corner are his strengths as a player.

"I'm a hard worker that never gives up on a play," he notes. "I have speed on the line to make plays."

Mass also plays power forward for he Jackson Aggies and helped his team advance to the 4A state playoff regionals in that sport.

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