Back in May, the Wolverines landed at the time, their 12th commitment in the 2017 recruiting class with Sandy Hook (Conn.) Newton linebacker Ben Mason giving his verbal pledge to Michigan. The hard-nosed linebacker having been up once to Ann Arbor, returned back for their BBQ at the Big House and took the opportunity now as a commit, to express his strong affinity towards the Maize and Blue with other uncommitted recruits.
“The BBQ was just an awesome experience,” Mason told The Michigan Insider. “For me, it was just a great time to talk to some other people who are thinking about Michigan and I didn’t try to sell to anyone, but told people why I picked Michigan and didn’t try to pressure them or anything. I told them why it was a great place, how great the academics are, but other than that, it was just a great time. It was a family style thing and there were carnival games, great food and couldn’t been a better time.
“I was talking to Isaiah Wilson a lot and Jaylen Kelly-Powell. A lot of people there liked Michigan. I can tell you that and I think in the future that there will definitely be a lot more people that jump on board.”
The 6-3, 240-pounder also got to further strengthen his relationship with Wolverine defensive coordinator Don Brown.
“I’m real close with Coach Don Brown and spent a lot of time together talking about football and other things too,” said Mason. “I also got to spend a lot of time with Coach Harbaugh. My relationship with Coach Don Brown is great. He was actually the first person I talked to from Michigan because he recruited me at Boston College and when he got the job at Michigan, he reached out to me and we started talking from there. My relationship with him is very good and growing.”
Mason wasn’t the only person that made the long trek over from the East Coast as he took in the festivities with a few other Connecticut natives.
“I’m really close with Andrew Stueber,” said Mason. “We had a good time at the BBQ together and Tarik Black is also another kid that I talked to at the BBQ. (Tarik) definitely enjoyed Michigan. I’m not sure where he is at with the rest of his recruitment, but I can definitely tell he likes Michigan.
“It is kind cool with Andrew being from here and in the class because a lot of people kind of doubt Connecticut and the football abilities here. Even though we haven’t done anything yet, it kind of is the first step in proving the doubters wrong.”
After getting to experience for a second time, Mason is even sure he made the right decision picking Michigan and hopes to make it out for a game this fall.
“I’m definitely going to take an official visit to Michigan,” said Mason. “I’m not sure what game, but I want to go out to a game and see the environment. I’m not taking any other visits and I’m solid. I’m 100% solid to Michigan.”