A few weeks of deliberation was all it took for Sandy Hook (Conn.) Newton LB/FB Ben Mason to know that Michigan was the school he wanted to be his collegiate home. One of the most memorable moments from his April 12th visit to Ann Arbor came when he saw for the first time the field he’ll be playing football on in a few years.
“(Defensive Coordinator) Coach (Don) Brown and Coach Bam took my family and I over to the Big House after meeting with all the coaches,” Mason recalled. “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.”
That, though, turned out to be the icing on the cake. His interaction with the people at Michigan was the biggest selling point.
“(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.”
When the conversation turned to football the Wolverines made it a point to let the versatile youngster and his parents know that he’ll have options when it comes time to determine his position.
“(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.”
Wherever he lines up the newest Wolverine guarantees fans of the Maize & Blue will appreciate his approach.
"When you see me at Michigan you're going to see someone that gives it their all every play," Mason told Connecticut Sports TV. "I'm going to try to be all over the field. I'll probably play special teams and I'm going to work really hard."
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