Focus '07: Chris Masson

At the Rutgers camps in Dade County, Florida and New Brunswick, NJ, QB Chris Masson from Columbus HS in Miami has made a serious impression in an attempt to become the QB for the RU 2007 class. The Cuban-American Masson looks like a carbon-copy of former RU signal caller Ryan Hart.

This is as precise a signal caller SOR has seen this year - in the 7-on-7 held on the campus of Rutgers University he was incredibly accurate in his throws and heady in his decision making.

However, there is one thing Chris Masson feels is holding him back from early offers.

"I seriously believe my height is what is holding me back. I measured in at 6' ½" 175 at the Miami Nike Camp, and I think coaches believe in order to be an effective QB at the next level I need to grow another inch or two. Every coach that has been in to my school and seen my tape has walked out of there impressed. Right now, all I can do is hope for a big senior year and pray that I grow a little bit."

Masson foresees his numbers improving as his Columbus team will become a more pass oriented team with the departure of last year's sensational RB John Mosure.

"Last year I only threw for about 870 yards, with 10TDs and 2 Int. But this year those numbers will increase a lot as we throw the ball more. I'll have good weapons in Matt Guinn and Kyle McDowell."

In addition to his arm, Masson is also known for his pocket presence and ability to run the ball. "At Nike, I ran a 4.8, but anyone who has seen my film comments on how well I run. I don't have track speed, but I do have football speed. I also have an instinct of when and where to throw the ball, of how to elude the rush, and of when I have to tuck it in and gain the extra yards."

In addition to Rutgers, Masson is strongly looking at Louisiana-Lafayette, Memphis, Colorado State, and Indiana.

"I have seen some film of Louisiana-Lafayette, and I like that they roll out, run bootleg, shot-gun sets. This is very similar to what we are doing at Columbus, thus I think I can transfer my skills to college well in a program like that. Colorado State, Memphis, and Indiana have all shown me a lot of interest as well."


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