Fast-rising wide receiver Rashad Mason out of Nashville (Tenn.) Pearl-Cohn took his first of five officials visits this past weekend to Chapel Hill. The 6-foot-6, 215-pounder enjoyed his time at North Carolina, but was it enough for him to put the Tar Heels as his leader?
"The visit went good," he said. "I got there Friday night and basically on the trip, I took a tour of the campus, went to a basketball game and checked out the area around the school.
"On Saturday, they talked to us about the history of UNC and showed us hot spots around town. I also was able to meet with the coaches. As for Sunday, I went to the basketball game and that was great. The fans were really loud and it was crazy there."
Mason was hosted on the visit by Kenton Thornton.
"It was nice with him," he said. "He told me about how the campus was and how nice of an environment it is there. He also talked about how the coaches look after you and they'll take care of you."
Speaking of the coaching staff, the two-star prospect enjoyed his time with the entire staff.
"I was able to talk to Butch Davis, John Blake, coach Thigpen and Williams," he said. "I'd say coach Williams and Thigpen stood out. They were really down to earth with us and made me feel very comfortable.
"My conversation with coach Davis was great too though. He told me stuff I didn't know about him, like what he did with the Miami group and how he turned that school around. That stood out to me a lot. As far as a person, I liked him too. He's down to earth and kept it real."
Although Mason enjoyed his time, he rated the visit just a 7.5.
"The coaches were great, but I didn't get a feel for the student environment on campus since they were still on break," he said. "I'd still say everyone is even for me. I'm taking notes on all my visits and I'll go from there."
Next up for Mason is a trip west to UCLA this weekend followed by visits to Michigan, LSU and Ole Miss. With one trip behind him, what does Mason want to see on his remaining visits?
"I just want to see how the coaches will treat me and act towards me," he said. "That'll be big in my decision."