Mason Quandt took a cross country trip back east to enjoy the sights and sounds of the Ivy League scene during the week of Jan. 30.
He came back home on Feb. 5 with this souvenir: His first offer. Since the Ivy League does not give athletic scholarship offers, Quandt was offered financial aid.
Columbia emerged as the first school to enter the chase to land Quandt, as the Lions extended their offer opportunity to the 6-foot-4 2018 signal caller before he returned home to watch the Super Bowl.
Quandt - who starred at Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure during his junior year and has since transferred to Chatsworth (Calif.) Sierra Canyon – told Scout that landing offer No. 1 is a surreal feeling for him.
“After all the hard-work I've put in not only on the field, but in the classroom and to finally receive an offer, it makes everything worth it,” Quandt told Scout.
A 4.0 student, Quandt linked up with some of his new Sierra Canyon teammates to check out Yale, Princeton, Harvard and Columbia. They also took the timeout to walk on the Boston College campus before embarking on their Ivy League journey.
Quandt combined for 24 touchdowns throwing and rushing for the Seraphs, as he helped brave a tough schedule with his team to still go 6-5 and sneak into the CIF Southern Section Division II playoffs.
After watching his fellow 2018 peers land their offers, Quandt says he’s relieved he can officially join the “offer club.” He even got a congratulatory tweet from fellow ’18 quarterback and Oklahoma commit Cameron Rising of Newbury Park.
“Joining the 'offer club' is an awesome feeling. I'm so proud of all my friends for their accomplishments and it feels great to be able to say that I am offered too,” Quandt said.
Quandt described the Lion coaches as great when he first met them. But when the moment came that an offer was awarded to him, time froze for Quandt before he collected himself.
“When they offered me, I didn't think it was real at first and I had to ask the coach if this was a real official offer…and he confirmed it. And once he did that I couldn't believe it. It was the greatest feeling you could ever imagine,” Quandt said, adding that running backs coach Todd Gilcrist extended the offer to him and that he spoke with quarterback coach Ricky Santos. “They liked everything. My tape really impressed them and they genuinely wanted me.”
He immediately called his family back in Ventura County to deliver the good news, and even got his mother to cheer loudly after answering the phone at a grocery store.
“They were in complete shock and were so happy for me,” Quandt said.
Now that Quandt and his family can no longer worry about reeling in offer No. 1, the cerebral and athletic quarterback is more motivated than ever before to add multiple offers.
“My hard work and preparation won't change one bit. I'm still working as if I am not offered because this is only the beginning,” Quandt said.