Is Friedline Planning A Visit To Eugene?

Ever heard of a 6'5'', 278 lb. offensive lineman who excels in the 400 meters? Meet Seattle (WA) King's offensive lineman Mason Friedline; an athletic freak with the versatility to play virtually any position along an offensive front.

Do you currently have an offer from Oregon?

"Not yet. I talked to them on the phone yesterday -- the offensive line coach [Steve Greatwood] down there -- and he said that it's usually their policy to offer people in person, so he wants me to come down. I don't know if I'm going to get one or not, but it sounded kind of promising."

Did coach Greatwood mention anything as far as getting you down for a visit in the foreseeable future?

"Yeah, he mentioned an unofficial visit for a Junior Day maybe to see a scrimmage [sometime in the spring] on a Saturday."

How often would say that you've been in contact with coach Greatwood during the recruiting process?

"You know what, it's actually kind of been a surprise for me. It really didn't come up until recently. I really haven't gotten much from them. That phone call kind of came out of the blue actually."

In your conversation with coach Greatwood, did he mention what he likes about you and your game?

"He just watched my film and he really liked my athleticism. I'm a pretty big guy, but I can move pretty well and he loved that. He was really excited that I play three sports: football, basketball, and track and I actually run the 400 meters for track and he was really impressed by that."

What is your overall interest in Oregon at this point?

"I'm really interested in them because they're pretty close by, they're a Northwest school, and they're really fun to watch. I've been following them kind of since they got really good a couple years ago and I've always been interested in the Oregon football program."

Is there anything in particular that stands out to you about the school or the program?

"They're a really fast-paced offense and I think I'd do really well in that because -- not that I'm trying to brag -- I'm a pretty well conditioned athlete, I'm athletic, and I think I fit their system pretty well."

How would you describe yourself as a player?

"I love to work downfield, I stay on my blocks, I live for pancakes...I think that's one of the most fun things you can do as an offensive lineman...but mostly just my downfield [blocking]. All my work is out of the shotgun pretty much at center, so that's pretty much what I deal with on a daily basis."

In your conversation with coach Greatwood, did he specify at all a specific position he preferred you at along the offensive line?

"He didn't specify, but I think it's mostly interior, either center or guard...I played center sophomore year for my high school team and then last year I started at center, switched to tackle at the end of the season to kind of deal with a different pass rush for some of our playoff games. I think I'm going to play tackle this year, just because I'm the biggest guy on the team."

Is there a guy at the collegiate or professional level that you try and pattern your game after?

"You know, if there had to be one, I think I'd say David DeCastro from Bellevue and he went to Stanford. I'm not a guard, but he's fun to watch, I got to say that."

What are you looking for in a program?

"I'm really interested in academics; I want to get a good education as well as play football. I want a good program that actually has some solid academics at the school. I want to take as many visits as I can that my family can deal with and afford and just find a place that feels right."

Have you given any thought as to what you might want to major in when you get to college?

"Yeah, I would really like to be a social studies or social work major. I just want to help people."

What are some of the offers that you currently hold from other programs?

"It started last week. I've got three right now: Colorado, Washington, as well as, Arizona State. Arizona State offered me yesterday."

Is there any other schools that have been in regular contact with you, but have yet to offer?

"Definitely Duke and Stanford. They've been with me the whole way and they've really shown a lot of interest in me. Those two and I could see Utah [offering]. I've been talking to coach [Grant] Duff at Utah a lot, so that could be down the road."

Do you have a top five or a list of favorites at this point?

"No...I'm waiting. I've got eleven months until Signing Day and I've got these four options. Like I said, I'm going to take my visits, get to know the programs, and get to know the coaches."

As far as camps, unofficial visits, and Junior Days go, where have you been and where do you plan on going over the next few months?

"I have actually not been to any Junior Days yet. Last year, I visited Stanford, Eastern Washington, I've been down to Washington a few times, as well as Azusa Pacific when I went down to California, but that's about it. I'm planning though this year to definitely hit up Colorado, Washington, Arizona State -- the ones that have offered me -- and see what they're about. And with Oregon, I want to see what that's about as those four right there."

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