Mason Parris can certainly fill a stat sheet.
A 6-foot-2, 225-pound junior linebacker from Lawrenceburg (Ind.), Parris finished his season with 192 tackles (17 for loss), seven sacks, six forced fumbles and three interceptions.
However, before that season really even got underway, he had already received two scholarship offers, one from Cincinnati and one from Ball State on the strength of his sophomore year, camp performances, and early film of this season.
"The experience was amazing just knowing that I can get continue my academic career for free and compete on the next level," Parris said. "It really gave me confidence."
Since receiving the Bearcat offer, there was a coaching change and Luke Fickell took over as head coach. The staff has changed as well under Fickell and Parris is building familiarity with the new staff.
"I have talked to the Cincinnati coaches a little bit and tried to make new relationships with the new staff."
Also a wrestling recruit, Parris is in contact with many programs for both sports.
"For football I am in contact with schools such as Purdue, Indiana, Miami (OH), Michigan State, Northern Illinois and Wisconsin. For wrestling, I have talked to many schools such as Indiana University, Ohio State, Illinois, Nebraska, NC State, Princeton, Virginia Tech, and Purdue."