Two-way Athlete on Spartan Radar

Darrell Mason is drawing lots of interest from plenty of Big Ten schools and the junior safety/running back says Michigan State is on his top-five list.

Darrell Mason does whatever it takes. He says that's his attitude on and off the field and the reason he's willing to play whatever position his team needs him at. The athlete prospect from Ursuline HS (Youngstown, OH), who played safety and running back last season, says his junior year on the gridiron was successful, but could have been better at full health.

"It went all right," he said, adding, "I was battling an injury." The injury only forced him to miss two games, but it nagged him throughout the season. Despite that, he rushed for over 1,000 yards and scored 21 touchdowns, all while starting at safety too. His play has gotten the attention of coaches at the next level.

"I've been getting a lot of letters from different colleges," he says. He says he's been recruited by the likes of Michigan State, Ohio State and Illinois, among others.

Last summer, the two-way player attended MSU's junior camp and said he was impressed. "It was fun, I had a good time," Mason said. "I'll be back up there (this summer.)"

After National Signing Day last week, Mason says recruiting is already picking up for next year's batch of prospects. "After the 07-08 kids sign, this is about the time when most coaches come and talk to us."

Although only Illinois and Akron have offered as yet, he expects more to come soon. He has thought about a dream list of schools, and he says he has a top five. They would be, "Ohio State, Michigan State, Penn State, Illinois and Auburn."

Whether it's defense or offense, safety or running back, on or off the field, Mason constantly thinks about improving. In the off-season, he plans on maintaining a steady workout schedule while he prepares for his senior season. Specifically, he says he wants to work on increasing his speed and then clock the best 40-yard dash time he can, in the hopes of making that dream list of offers come true.

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