Sandy Hook (Conn.) Newton 2017 standout Ben Mason traveled to Michigan earlier this week to get his first glimpse of the Maize & Blue. The Wolverines' fullbacklinebacker target left feeling very impressed and with a Michigan offer in hand.
“I visited all day on Tuesday,” Mason told The Michigan Insider. “We arrived and (Offensive Analyst and Recruiting Coordinator) Coach Bam (Richards) showed us around the football offices. We saw the weight room, training room, practice fields and indoor facilities. I then got to spend some good quality time with the coaches. (Defensive Coordinator) Coach (Don) Brown and Coach Bam took my family and I over to the Big House after meeting with all the coaches. The view of the field from the tunnel was special. The idea of 110,000 people coming to watch a football game gets me excited.”
“Coach (Jim) Harbaugh brought my family and I into his office and we talked for a while about life and things other than football. Out of the blue he asked me if I wanted to be a part of the family at the University of Michigan. I was very excited to hear that.”
The connection with the coaches resonated most with 6-3, 240-pounder, and the same was true for his parents.
“(The coaches) talked a lot about the environment of the school and how big football is around Ann Arbor,” said Mason. “They informed me on the education and life after football. We talked more about life than we did football.”
“(My parents) loved the college town feel of Ann Arbor and impressed with the academics. They also loved the opportunity I have defensively at linebacker or offensively at fullback with Coach Wheatley. I just want to play football. I really don’t care what position.”
After adding an offer from the Maize & Blue, Mason’s interest has spiked significantly. That has a great deal to do with the high regard he holds Michigan defensive coordinator Don Brown in.
“I’m extremely interested,” said Mason. “I’d love to play for Coach Brown. Coach Brown runs an impressive attack styled defense. My game is about attack. I love his fiery style of coaching.”
While no commitment was made on his visit to Michigan, it's clear he has a lot to think about..
“Not as of now (do I have a top list),” said Mason. “I’m going to take the next couple of days to figure things out. I’ll make (a decision) when the time feels right.”