Cardinals offer 6'6 receiver

An injury suffered in a car accident sidelined Nashville (Tenn.) Pearl-Cohn receiver Rashad Mason for his junior year, but a strong senior season has stoked the interest in several schools around the country, including Louisville...

After sitting out the entire 2005 season, Nashville (Tenn.) Pearl-Cohn receiver Rashad Mason (6-6, 220, 4.5), returned to the field his senior year intent on earning a scholarship.

Mason was forced to the sideline his junior year because of skull fracture he suffered in a car accident.

So with no junior film to go off of, Mason needed to have a big senior season to intrigue the colleges who were keeping an eye on him and he made the most of his return.

It seems to be working out for him.

"I've been offered by UCLA (verbally), Michigan, Louisville, Kentucky, Arkansas and Ole Miss just in the last couple weeks," said Mason. "I got a call from Tennessee, but what I wanted to do in the first place was get out of Tennessee."

Each school recruiting him wants him as a receiver, except for Arkansas.

"Arkansas actually wants me as a defensive end," said Mason. "But everyone else wants me as a receiver, and that's what I want to play."

Mason said that his plan is to take official trips in the month of January, and try to fit as many in as he can during that month.

"I'm going to take a visit out to UCLA in the early part of January, then probably visit the rest that month too," said Mason. "I'll probably decide on Signing Day after my trips are done."

His return to the field in 2006 was a relief and Mason had a productive senior season.

"It felt great to get back out there and be able to play again. Most of the schools had no junior film and they didn't know much about me, so they waited for my senior film and I showed I can play," said Mason.

During the season, Mason had 20 catches for 650 yards and 13 touchdowns while adding 110 tackles and six interceptions from his free safety position.

He camped at Tennessee and Louisville during the summer and was clocked at a 4.5 in the forty, but he thinks he can drop that down.

"I'm a 4.5 right now, but by track season, I'll have it to a 4.4," said Mason, who runs the 100m, 200m, 4x100m and 4x200m for Pearl-Cohn.

Academically, Mason has a 3.0 GPA and scored an 18 on the ACT.


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