Frederick (Md.) St. John's Catholic Prep defensive end Forrest Mason picked up his first scholarship. The 6-foot-3, 240-pounder pulled the offer from the Big East.
"Connecticut offered me I think last Friday," he said. "It's pretty good. That's my first one and I hope many more come.
"I've never been up to Connecticut, but I know it's a pretty good program and I want to major in sports medicine and they have a pretty good sports medicine program up there."
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Other schools are also interested in Mason.
"I'm hearing from Tennessee, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Rutgers, Nebraska, California, Virginia, Maryland and Virginia Tech too."
So far, Mason has visited three schools, North Carolina, Clemson and Duke. Did anyone of the trips stick out?
"I really liked North Carolina's facilities. They are very nice," he stated. "I liked Clemson overall. I liked the coaches and I really fit in there."
With interest rising, what does Mason want in a college?
"I just want a place to play football," he said. "It doesn't matter if they run a 4-3 or 3-4. I can be a defensive end or outside linebacker. I want somewhere I'm comfortable at. Location doesn't matter."
The Maryland prospect posted 86 tackles and 12 sacks on his way to all-conference and second team all-state honors.
"I'm big, I'm quick and I can run," he said. "I like to rush off the edge and like to use the spin move a lot. I hit pretty hard too."