Youngstown (Ohio) Ursuline athlete Darrell Mason, who is 6-foot and 215 pounds, has listed Illinois as his top team for quite some time, and now that the spring evaluation process is in full swing it looks like Illinois might be pushing away from him some and other schools might fill the void.
Mason said he hopes to camp this summer at Ohio State, Bowling Green and Illinois, but he's not sure how hard all three schools are pursuing him.
Illinois was recruiting him heavily early on, but at this point, it's unclear whether or not Mason will be a full qualifier so the Illini have backed off some, but still have stayed in touch.
"Illinois is definitely recruiting me the hardest," Mason said. "I talk to coach Sims every week. They haven't really said where they want me to play. They are just recruiting me as an athlete."
With offers from Nebraska, Akron and Illinois, Mason said he's hearing from a few other new schools that could interest him.
"I still only have those three offers, but South Carolina might want to offer me, he said. "That's the only one I can remember. My coach told me there were a couple other schools that really liked me, but I can't remember what he said."
Mason, who could project on either side of the ball as a running back or a defensive back, said he would like to be able to end the recruiting process early on if possible. That way he can focus on his academics and getting ready for the next level.
"Committing probably the middle of the summer is my plan," Mason said. "I want to take a visit to South Carolina. I just want to go see how it is what the culture is down there. We'll see what happens after that."