One of the top defenders in the south for the 2018 class is South Gwinnett defensive lineman Justin Mascoll. The long edge rusher has offers from major programs like Florida State, Clemson, Georgia, Alabama, among others. At 6-foot-4, 4 235-pounds, Mascoll is an impressive prospect physically, and was easy to notice during Rising Seniors week.
Mascoll took a number of visits this past fall, including trips to Georgia, Florida State and Clemson.
“I visited Georgia when they played Auburn this year.” Macsoll said. “I spoke with defensive coordinator Mel Tucker, outside linebackers coach Kevin Sherrer, and then of course coach Kirby Smart. They tell me to come to Georgia and help win the state a national championship. Coach Smart is a really cool guy, he’s very interactive, and he makes you feel like a priority.”
Georgia was once considered his leader early in the process, but that might not be the case anymore. Clemson is another team in the mix for Mascoll, and he visited Clemson in late November for their game against rival South Carolina.
“I like all the coaches at Clemson.” Mascoll said. “co-defensive coordinator Hobbs (Marion Hobby) is a real cool guy and offensive coordinator Tony Elliot recruits my area so I know he’s a really cool guy too. I haven’t met coach Dabo (Swinney).
Florida State is another team that is high on Mascoll’s list. The Seminole’s have made it very clear to Mascoll that he is a wanted man.
“Florida State makes me feel like I’m wanted.” Mascoll said. “They make me feel like a priority and they feel like a family. They kept it real with me from the jump and that’s what I liked about them the most. I’ve talked to Jimbo (Fisher) and he’s a real cool guy. ”
Florida State had a verbal commitment from Robert Cooper, who is a defensive lineman at South Gwinnett and a close friend of Mascoll. Does he try to sway him when it comes to his recruitment?
“Not very much” Mascoll said. He’s still a friend so he’s telling me to take my time and that he will respect my decision and we will still be boys wherever I go.”
Mascoll has a couple of recruits in mind that he would like to play with at the next level.
“I’d like to play with Malik Robinson who is going to North Carolina.” Mascoll said. “I’m waiting on him to tell me how North Carolina is. I’d like to play with my boy Robert (Cooper) too.”
There is no rush for the four-star prospect as he plans to take more visits this season, and then take all of his official visits. When he does take those visits, he knows exactly what he’s looking for.
“I’m looking for a school that makes me feel like I’m at home.” Mascoll said. “I don’t want to get the feeling like I’m tired of going there every day. I want to find a place that I love and don’t have mixed feelings about.”
Mascoll is a four-star prospect and the top-ranked defensive end prospect in Georgia for the 2018 class.