The Cincinnati (Ohio) Elder Panthers have a talented group of rising seniors that includes four-star tight end Alex Welch, and standouts Tim O'Conner and Mark Miller at wide receiver and quarterback, respectively. On defense, linebacker Corey Mason is gaining serious momentum on the recruiting trial.
The 6-foot-3 linebacker has a pair of scholarship offers, from Kent State and Eastern Illinois.
"The first offer was from Eastern Illinois," Mason said. "I didn't know much about them at the time. The Kent State offer came about three weeks ago, I think on May 18th. Coach Matt Edwards called and said they would like to offer. I was excited about it. Kent State is a step up from a division 1-AA program. So I was excited about that."
Mason visited Kent State for their spring football game.
"I ate dinner up there, and was able to go on the field with their coaches, look at the facilities. First impression, I liked it. You can tell there is a big difference between the Big Ten and the MAC schools, but I liked it. I would feel comfortable going there."
Mason said a few major programs are taking a hard look at him.
"Right now I would say Indiana," Mason said. "They told me to come to their camp. I am confident if I do well that I would get an offer. Northern Illinois, I talked to them for awhile. They want me to come up there to see how I move because I have put on more weight. Also, I am being recruited by Coach Kerry Coombs and Cincinnati. I am pretty confident they will offer me if I perform well at their camp. I am going to Louisville's camp as well, I am trying to get a scholarship offer there, but the coaches haven't really called me."
Mason said he is not sure if he will camp at Northern Illinois. He said he will try to stay local, and give more priority to camping at Indiana, Cincinnati, and Louisville.
"I don't really have any favorites at this time. I want to go on visits before I get my mind set. I want to be comfortable with the school, learn their depth chart, and see what they have to offer. Whatever suits me best, that is where I will go."
Mason said he is looking for a good business school.
"The coach at Indiana said they have a top ten business school," Mason stated. "I would not say they are a favorite, but I would like to learn more about their school. They have a prestigious business school, so that is a plus for them."