It's not too early to start looking ahead to the recruiting class of 2009. Youngstown Ursuline running back-safety Darrell Mason is already being looked at as one of the top prospects in that class. Mason is expecting big things in 2007, both from himself and his team.
"I want to help my team win a state championship," Mason began. "I want to do what I can to lead this team to where we feel we can be. Personally, I want to gain 1,000 yards and be an impact player defensively. Last year was a good year for me, but I think I can really improve on what I did last season. I'm a lot faster and I'm stronger. I wasn't a starter until late in the season, but this year I know I'll be starting both ways. My team is depending on me to be better this year."
Mason passes the look test, and said currently he is 6' 1" and weighs 215 pounds. He has run a sub 4.6 forty-yard dash and is an excellent all around athlete. He also plays basketball for Ursuline. Mason is already aware of the fact that college recruiters are starting to follow his exploits on the field.
"Recruiting is exciting and I think it's going good," Mason said. "I've got colleges looking at me and I feel honored about that. I don't have any offers yet. I went to some camps last summer and did pretty well. I was at the Scout combine in Pittsburgh, a Nike combine, Michigan State and Ohio State individual camps."
Mason had a strong performance at the Ohio State camp and spent time with the Buckeye staff after camp was over. He won an award as the top junior running back.
"The coaches talked with me after camp ended and they said I did really well," Mason explained. "I won an award for the running backs. I was the best junior among the running backs. "Doc" Tressel spoke with me and said they would keep an eye on me this season. He told me he would be checking our schedule and he would be out to see me play. I love Ohio State and that would be a dream come true to play for them. I had a cousin [Andre] that played for Jim Tressel at Youngstown State, so I'm real familiar with him. I could see myself playing for a lot of schools really. I also like Michigan State and Michigan too. I know how lucky I am to be in this position. I need to keep working hard on the field and in the classroom to make sure it comes true."
Darrell Mason is certainly one of the top prospects in the 2009 class. He is a player we will continue to follow closely this season.