Mason, a 6-foot-5 225-pound wide receiver from Nashville (Tenn.) Pearl-Cohn, started to hear from North Carolina approximately two weeks ago after he asked his coach to inquire about the Tar Heels on his behalf.
"I was interested in North Carolina, because I heard they were starting with a new coach and stuff," said Mason, who also noted that he's "good friends" with Tar Heel freshman basketball star Brandan Wright. "I want to be a part of a program that is rebuilding and starting over.
"My coach contacted them and they asked to see my film. They loved [my film] and called me back and had me set up an official visit."
Mason was contacted by newly hired assistant coach Charlie Williams, who was introduced to Mason as the wide receiver coach.
"He said he needed a big play receiver – a deep threat – and he said he thinks I fit the description," said Mason. "We talked about some of the other players on my team that he liked – tight end Jeremy Gordon, and receiver/DB Bryan Covington."
Williams also mentioned that North Carolina has put a scholarship offer on the table.
In addition to the Tar Heels, Mason holds tenders from Mississippi, UCLA, Michigan, LSU, Louisville, Kentucky, Colorado, and Arkansas.
Mason will spend the next five weekends on the road attending official visits. Following his trip to Chapel Hill, Mason will hit up Michigan (January 12th), UCLA (January 19th), LSU (January 26th), and Ole Miss (February 2nd).
With all five of his official visits upcoming, Mason's "mind is still wide open," but there's three things he'll be focusing on during his travels.
"First, I'm looking for a good business program, because that's what I'm studying in college. I want the coaches to have a bond with the players – a bond that you can talk to your coach any time you want to. And [the last thing I'm looking at is] the environment."
During his senior season, Mason started on both offense and defense, helping lead Pearl-Cohn to a 10-4 record and the semi-finals of 3A State Playoffs. On the season, Mason caught 26 passes for 610 yards and 13 touchdowns. For the first time, Mason held down the starting free safety position racking in 110 tackles and six interceptions.