HOOVER, Ala. - Gautier, Miss., had a tough time at the Southeastern Select 7-on-7 tournament this weekend. The Gators failed to win a game, but did come close several times. Tight end Jonathan Massey did not make to Hoover until the Friday morning session, but he once got there, Gautier instantly became a better team.
"I was down visiting my brother, Mario Edwards who plays for the Dolphins, in Miami," Massey said. "I was down there training with him. I have put on a little bit of weight over the last few months that I want to get off. I am at 238 pounds right now, but I want to play at 225 this season. I feel like I lost a step when I gained the weight, that is why I was running in 98 degree heat, trying to lose some weight. I think it was just me eating too many burgers and drinking too many milkshakes."
The 6-foot-2, 241-pound Massey attended the NIKE camp in Tallahassee on May 1, where he ran a 4.97 second shuttle, a 4.34 shuttle, posted a 25-inch vertical jump and had a 17-inch vertical jump.
Massey boasts scholarship offers from Ole Miss, Clemson, Mississippi State, Southern Miss, LSU and Vanderbilt.
"Right now my top three would be Ole Miss, LSU and Florida State," Massey said. "Florida State is the only one that hasn't offered yet, but I still hear a lot from them. I think all three of those schools are pretty much on a level playing field right now."
Though his team did not fair well in the 7-on-7, Massey still feels that his team got a lot of value out of the level of competition.
"This is by far the one we've been to with the most talent," Massey said. "We have been to some other tournaments this summer and we have been to some other ones this summer where we were competitive, but there were just so many good teams out here."
As a junior Massey caught 46 passes for 705 yards and seven touchdowns for 15.3 yards per catch. Massey was selected all-state second team by the Mississippi Association of Coaches and was an all-South Mississippi selection by the Biloxi Sun Herald as a junior as well.
"In our first game I caught one touchdown and a bunch of other passes," Massey said. "In our second game I caught two touchdowns, then in the third game (on Friday) I caught a touchdown pass in the corner of the endzone, but I rolled my ankle. I came back this (Saturday) morning and did well, but we just came up short."