WSU offered Mason Friedline (6-5, 278) a few hours ago, said King's High coach Jim Shapiro.
"Coach (Eric) Russell just called me today to say they were going to offer him. Mason will have the conversation (later) with (o-line) Coach (Clay) McGuire," Shapiro told CF.C.
KING'S HIGH IS a 1A/2A school, something that usually gives D-I schools pause in extending an early spring offer – they often want to wait until the May Evaluation period and/or to get that prospect in their summer camp to see how he'll do against top competition.
The fact that he already has offers from WSU, UA, ASU, Colorado and UW speaks to Friedline's uniqueness.
"Mason is the mix of athleticism and academic excellence -- 6-5, 280 pound frame with a big upside to still put on strength and size," says Shapiro. "What makes Mason special in the eyes of the Pac-12 is the fact that he plays Center (he started for us as a Sophomore) and he has great feet, which means he moves well for a big guy. Along with a 3.8GPA, 28 ACT score, he is a solid leader on and off the field. He makes good social choices and is a leader amongst his peers.
"Mason is the full student/athlete package."
AS MENTIONED by Shapiro, a big part of what has made Friedline a sought commodity can be found in his feet.
You don't see many 6-5, 278-pounders competing in the 400-meter relay as he did last week, although his best events are the shot (44-0) and discus (117-02). (True, he's not going to be a top sprinter but try finding another 280-pounder who can match a 75.4 time in the 400-m. Or one who even wants to try.) A sterling GPA in a curriculum that includes AP classes is also a recruiting stock booster.
Shapiro said Oregon has said they also plan to offer Friedline, but want to meet him in person first. Stanford is also showing strong interest.
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