The following information was revealed during our interview with Jonathan Massey:
is the latest with your recruitment? "I have just been taking some officials.
I went to Ole Miss (12/2), Vandy (12/9), and USM (12/16) this month."
visit felt the most at home? "All of them did, really, but I guess you could
say USM because they are so close to home."
Does that put USM in the
lead? "No, not at all, I would put all three of those schools on the same
playing field right now. They are all even."
Ole Miss had been your
leader for months; what happened? "Now that I have been to all of the other
schools, I got a chance to see what they had to offer. Before, I had only been
to Ole Miss, so they had the advantage. Now they are all three on a level field."
do you visit next? "I canceled my Clemson visit. USM was my last visit."
you have a time frame on a decision? "It will be a couple of days after New
What are you going to base your decision on? "For one,
where I feel comfortable. Two, early playing time. Three, who has a good academic
reputation? Four, where do I feel at home? And five, I want to play in an offense
where I can get the ball."
You stated you felt most at home at USM;
does that give Southern the edge in where you feel the most comfortable? "No,
I would not say it gives them the edge. I just said it felt the most at home because
it is so close , but they all made me feel comfortable and a part of their family
while I was on their visits."
Who gives you the best opportunity for
early playing time? "They are pretty much all about the same. I have a great
chance to get a lot of playing time in my first year . They have all pretty much
In your research; who realistically gives you the best
shot at early playing time? "They are all in a position to use another tight
end. Ole Miss did not use a tight end much last year. They want to bring in someone
who can stretch the field and block. At USM, they have a super tight end who is
only a sophomore, but they want to go to a two tight end set. Their other tight
end who was real athletic, graduated, so I can be that guy to take his place.
They want to have two tight ends who can stretch the field, and they only have
one right now. At Vandy, they use their TE more like a FB. Not exactly like a
fullback, but somewhat like one. They call it an H-Back. Their starting H-Back
will be a senior next year. He missed a couple of games last year because he was
hurt, and they want someone they feel comfortable with if he goes down again."
has the best academic reputation? "All of them have a lot to offer. Vandy
has a great school. I want to major in Sports Medicine, and they told me they
have one of the Top 10 Children's hospitals in the world. That says a lot about
their medical program, period. At USM, they have an accredited Sports Medicine
program. Vandy does not, and I do not think Ole Miss' is either. I am not sure
about Ole Miss, but I know Vandy's program is not accredited. They really shocked
me when I asked them, and they said theirs was not. They told me they had it set
up where you get your HOD. It makes your degree more versatile. You can do more
with your degree with the way they have it set up, according to them. But, I really
want to be in an accredited Sports Medicine program."
feels more at home? "I really could not give you an answer. They all feel
at home. Just being with their players, coaching staffs, and their general people
at their school and town was geat during my visits. They all felt at home, really."
is going to get you the ball the most? "USM, after watching their bowl game
on Tuesday, they definitely could. I have watched Vandy on TV several times, and
they get the ball a lot to their TE's. Ole Miss has not for what ever reason,
but Coach Orgeron assured me that their tight ends will be very involved in his
offense from now on."
Which coaching staff has made you feel the most
wanted? "Ole Miss has hands down. Ole Miss has been there since, man, since
I went to their Jr Day last February. They offered me on that Monday. They have
flooded my mailbox with letters and call me every chance they get. Ole Miss has
Is that important to you? "Yea, that means a lot. That
means a whole lot."
You did not mention this as being a factor when
it comes decision time; where does this fall in your pecking order of factors?
"Honestly, I could not really tell a specific spot. But, it will make a big
difference in my decision, a big difference. I can tell you that."
is your torn MCL coming around? "I am going to the doctor on Tuesday, and
he said he was going to clear me so I can go back out there and start playing
carries a 3.5 GPA / 23 ACT.
Jonathan Massey is down to three
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