Varsity Preps

Taylor Mason, #24 in Arkansas 25 for 2015

Photo via Taylor Mason’s Hudl Profile

 

If JaQwis Dancy is the lightning to Junction City football, then Taylor Mason is the thunder. The intimidating defensive tackle, standing at 6’3” 270 pounds, Mason puts the bull in bull-rush. There aren’t many players of that size in class 2A, which allows Mason to abuse opposing linemen at will. Mason though, needs to prove that he is more than a shark surrounded by goldfish. Luckily for him, those opportunities to become a proven commodity to college coaches are abundant.

It is easy to see from the first highlight on his film that Mason is a strong young man. Touting a 425 pound bench press and a 500 pound squat, Mason is one of the strongest, if not the strongest player on the Dragons’ roster. He possesses an above average first step. This only amplifies the shear strength that Mason has, when he is winning the battle of leverage way before he out-strengths an opponent. It is still easy to tell he can do both Overall though, Mason is much more of a run-stopping lineman than a pass rusher. His Arkansas 25 for ’15 teammate, Jamario Bell handles the pass rushing duties at defensive end.

Mason has not gained any offers yet, but has attention from Arkansas, Louisiana-Monroe, and Arkansas State. He should be able to build on that list and gain some offers over the summer and with another solid season in 2014.

Mason has been on the radar within the state since he was a sophomore. A 2012 Super Sophomore and All-Conference selection, teams around the state have already heard of what Mason is capable of doing.

The Verdict: No question Mason is a big, strong defensive tackle. What separates him from the herd though? Defensive tackle is a tough position to recruit, because every prospect is big and strong. For “BCS-Conference” college football, Mason is underweight and that could hamper him if he wants to earn those upper-echelon offers. I see Mason being a solid “Non-BCS” conference player. Perhaps Arkansas State or Louisiana Monroe could be his landing spot one day. Much like his teammate JaQwis Dancy, playing in the 2A hurts, when most linemen in that class are much smaller than Mason. Lot of room to build though for Mason so the cliche, “sky’s the limit” is in play here. His ceiling is around where Arkansas was this year in the SEC. Still SEC football though.

Pros: Nasty, Plays angry, Strong as an ox, relatively quick 1st step,

Cons: Underweight for a lot of schools, What separates him from pack?, Current competition level, Can he improve pass rush?

Check out Taylor’s Hudl Page: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/o/1688251/highlights/115282647

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