After flying under the recruiting radar for the majority of the process, Nashville (Tenn.) Pearl-Cohn wide receiver Rashad Mason has emerged as a legitimate Division I-A prospect.
All of a sudden, the 6-foot-6, 215-pounder holds scholarship offers from a number of programs around country.
"I've gotten offers from UCLA, Michigan, Louisville, Kentucky, Arkansas and Ole Miss," Mason said. "This has all happened recently, just in the last two weeks. I really wasn't getting any attention during the season. My coach was telling me it was going to happen and it did."
Mason currently has two official visits set up.
"I got official visit to UCLA set up for Jan. 12," Mason said. "For me, I want to get out of Tennessee. It's a whole different environment out (in Los Angeles). Also, they were the first team to come through and offer me a scholarship."
Mason has set up a visit to Michigan for the following weekend.
"I told my coach I was interested in Michigan, so I sent my film up there and they liked it and offered," Mason said. "They are one of the top programs in the country."
Just because he has set up visits with the Bruins and Wolverines doesn't mean that the Cardinals, Wildcats, Razorbacks and Rebels should be discounted.
"All of the schools that offered are in the picture," Mason said. "I have to sit down with my coach this week and see about my five visits and then make a decision on Signing Day."
Mason, who missed his junior year because of injuries suffered in a car wreck, emerged with 20 catches 650 yards and 13 touchdowns this season as his team reached the state semifinals before being knocked out by eventual state champion Knoxville Fulton and Tennessee-bound running back Dennis Rogan.