An already deep with talent class of 2013 football crop of players appears to have gotten even deeper with the recent performance of Fort Zumwalt (MO) East DE/LB prospect Mason Burnett 6'4" 204lbs (4.52 forty) after he finished second at the Nike Sparq combine held in Chicago this past Saturday.
Burnett posted a score of 115.65 on the day, good for third overall among 939 prospects who attended, after posting a 4.65 forty, vertical jumping 36.3", running a 4.2 shuttle and tossing the power ball 40 feet.
ShowMeMizzou.com spoke with Mason Burnett and his father, Rick, following an unofficial visit to Missouri yesterday about his combine performance, the Mizzou visit, and his recruitment.
"Mason was happy with his performance at the combine, but he felt a little disappointed because he went there to win it and get the top score,"said Rick Burnett. "Mason went online to the Sparq website, and you can plug in your testing numbers and get an idea of where you will score at their combine. Mason ran a 4.52 forty last year at University of Kentucky's football camp and has vertical jumped 38 inches. So, with his best numbers he felt he had a real good chance to be the top score. Third is bad though."
Mr. Burnett explained how Mason had remained an under the radar sleeper until this point.
" Mason broke his ankle on the fifth play of his 3rd game his junior season. He had transferred to Ft. Zumwalt East after playing his first two years at O'Fallon (MO) Christian, where he had played everything from DE,LB,S to WR,RB and TE since he has started playing football. The injury was devastating since Mason's dream was to play big time college football, and the move to East was going to help with that in our minds. The doctors put a plate in it to help it heal the best, and he has really rehabbed it well. Obviously, his test score shows that,"said Mr. Burnett.
The super athletic Mason Burnett healed well enough to play basketball this past year, and is currently one of FZE's top track athletes in the sprints, having just run a 10.95 100 meters hand held last week at a meet. He currently holds the school record in the 200 meter dash.
"Mason has been running track since he was little and was blessed with natural speed. One of his best friends who he has run with and played junior football with since he was 9 years old is Aarion Penton, who had a great junior year, and committed to Mizzou recently. He was at the Nike combine and he and Mason hung out, " said Mr. Burnett.
Interestingly enough, Mason and his Dad took an unofficial visit to Missouri yesterday.
"We went over to Missouri yesterday to look at campus and talk with the coaches. Mason is a good student with a 3.7 GPA, and to be honest with you, he would be considering Mizzou even if football wasn't part of his life. It's a good school. It also has a great football program, so what's not to like about it."
Mason talked about enjoying his visit to Columbia.
"It was incredible! I liked it a lot," said Mason Burnett. "Campus was very nice. We meet some really nice people there, including the coaching staff who were really nice. I had a nice talk with the coaches and they want me to come back and camp there, which I will do the first week of June. They were real positive."
As far as the Burnett's feeling about Missouri?
For Dad, it's a no brainier.
"Missouri is our first choice for me and his Mother. It's a great school, big time football program and it's only an hour and fifteen minutes from home. What's not to love about Mizzou. However, if they don't come knocking with an offer after Mason camps there, the goal is to play football at a big school somewhere."
Mr. Burnett felt that once college staffs see Mason's athleticism and big hitting ability in person that offers won't be far behind.
Mason echoed his Dad's thought on Mizzou, but was also open to all schools he is considering.
"I would say I favor Mizzou, but I like all of the schools I will be considering and visiting, and sometime after my visits I will narrow it to 3-4 schools this summer, and then focus on those," said Mason.
While Mason currently plays LB at the high school level. He and his father feel that he likely projects to DE on the next level.
"Mason would love to play DE in college. He has stayed around 207lbs with playing basketball and running track, but we feel it will not be a problem for him to put on another forty piunds and play with his hand on the ground in college," said Mr. Burnett.
Mason Burnett was able to record 23 tackles in his first two games of his junior season, and also caught 3 passes for 64 yards playing LB and WR.
ShowMeMizzou.com will continue to follow Mason Burnett's recruitment.