Shaq Mason, "Everything Just Fell Into Place"

Shaquille Mason traveled from Nashville down to Atlanta for Georgia Tech's Junior-Senior camp and was given an offer from Coach (Paul) Johnson. Shaquille ended his recruitment right then and there by accepting the offer and committing to the Yellow Jackets.

Columbia High School offensive lineman Shaquille Mason made the trip from Nashville to Atlanta on Saturday to participate in Georgia Tech's Junior-Senior Camp.

Mason came away happy that he had received the invitation to attend the camp. "I loved the trip down there," said Mason. "Tech is the one school that I've been interested in all through my recruitment."

Shaq took part in most of the drills as well as the testing portion of the camp. "I ran the shuttles and the other running drills." Mason measured 6'2" – 305. "They said my forty times were very good."

During the break for dinner, Mason received the offer he'd hoped he would get. "Coach (Paul) Johnson called me up to his office and we talked a bit." Mason's conversation with Johnson started out as a regular one and then he was asked a question that led to his offer. "He asked me if I was interested in Georgia Tech and I told him very much so and he then extended me an offer."

Mason didn't waste any time in giving Coach Johnson his verbal. "He explained his no visit policy and that's cool with me." Mason is glad to have his decision made and can now concentrate on his senior season.

Shaq made the trip to Atlanta with his coaches but without his parents. "I had to call them and they were very excited for me." Georgia Tech is a school that Mason has liked since he was a little kid. "This was something that made all of us happy and made my dream come true." The offer from Coach Johnson sealed the deal for Mason.

Following the afternoon session of the camp, Mason stayed for dinner and then had to head back to Nashville due to prior commitments. "The coaches said that I didn't have to perform in the evening session that they had seen enough and the fact that I committed probably made it easier for them to let me go."

In addition to Tech, Mason had other schools hoping that he would choose them. "Some of the schools that Georgia Tech beat out were Vanderbilt, Clemson, Boston College, and Middle Tennessee," said Mason. "I know I am leaving out others as I am excited about coming to Tech."

Mason feels that his footwork, strength, and run blocking technique are his strong points. "The coaches said they wanted me as a guard and that is where I feel I'm the best."

For Shaq the trip to Atlanta was a perfect one. "Everything just fell into place while I was at Georgia Tech on Saturday."


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