Louisville receives visit from SC lineman

One of the nation's most sought-after offensive lineman spent his holiday weekend making five unofficial visits, including a Friday stop at the University of Louisville football complex. The 6'4, 260-pound center spoke with InsideTheVille.com on Tuesday and shared his thoughts on his each of his visits. (Junior highlight video included)

For many around the country, the just-passed Memorial Day weekend was spent with family and friends in the backyard, local park or possibly a baseball game, but for Columbia (SC) Spring Valley High School's Mason Cloy the long weekend meant extra time in the family car with his father, who just returned from Iraq, visiting a number schools.

"I started on Thursday," Cloy said of his holiday weekend trip. "I visited Vanderbilt and Tennessee first and then on Friday I visited Louisville . On Saturday I went to Kentucky and I visited Clemson on Monday."

With the exception of Tennessee, all on his trip have extended a scholarship offer, as has many others. In addition to his offers from Clemson, Kentucky, Louisville and Vanderbilt, Mason also holds scholarship invitations from East Carolina, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, NC State, South Carolina, Southern Miss, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest

While he had already visited Clemson once before, Mason said that he was surprised by what he saw while visiting the others.

"The first four really surprised me," he explained. "I've been to Clemson before, but it was the first time visiting the other four."

Vanderbilt: "I was really surprised how nice the people were because it's right in the city of Nashville. Those are some of the best people down there and the coaches there are real nice."

Tennessee: "I thought it was cool how the campus is tucked into the town. They are all country guys there and the coaches were real nice. I liked their facilities a lot too."

Louisville: "That was the one that surprised me the most. It was really impressive. I got to spent a lot of time with Mike Summers, who is their offensive line coach. He broke down on film what they expect from their players and how they do things in practice. I was real impressed with their facilities - the weight room is big and their training room is one of the best one's that I've seen."

Kentucky: "It surprised me how big the campus was - it's huge. Their facilities aren't new, but they still look like it - they take real good care of their facilities there. I got to meet with their offensive line coach too."

Mason, who currently has no plans to attend a camp in June, is in no rush to make a decision.

"I think I'm going to wait until midseason so I can take a couple of my official visits," he explained.

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