John Curtis DB looking for offer

John Curtis Christian defensive back Raydell Mason led the Patriots in interceptions this year, and the senior hopes to land a scholarship offer in the near future.

"I'm hearing from SMU and Weber State," said John Curtis defensive back Raydell Mason. "SMU says that they're possibly going to offer me after they look at my transcript and highlight tape. Their recruiter is going to visit my house next month."

A 6-foot-0, 190-pound senior, Mason helped lead Curtis to a 12-2 mark and a berth in the Class 2A state finals, where the Patriots were defeated by Evangel Christian. He was tops on the team in interceptions with five, including two versus Gainesville (Fl.).

Mason picked off two passes in the playoffs, including a pick-six versus University Lab in the second-round. He also broke up four passes in the first-round versus Many High School. The final interception of his career came in the Patriots' semifinal rout of then-undefeated East Feliciana.

"It was a disappointing way to end our season," Mason said of the setback in the state title game. "I don't know what else to say about that.

"I'm going to sign a scholarship with whoever offers me. I'm being recruited as both a safety and a corner. I think my speed at free safety - I play faster than anyone else out there - separates me from other defensive backs. I ran a 4.47 two years ago - as a sophomore - at a camp run by Louisiana Tech.

"On the pick-six, U-High's wide receiver ran a streak pattern and I read the quarterback's eyes and timed things perfectly for the interception. Against East Feliciana, their QB threw the ball deep at the end of the first-half and it was a bad, underthrown pass that I stepped in front of."

Mason finished the year with approximately 40 tackles.

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