Jordan Mason was taking a break in-between plays at practice on Tuesday and threw a pass to his quarterback, junior Collin Minor.
It reached its destination – 53 yards later – as Mason hit his target from the opposite sideline.
That’s the kind of physical talent the Gallatin senior has, but it’s more on display when he has run the football this year.
Mason is quickly closing on the 1,000-yard mark, needing just 29 yards to get there (96 carries, 979 yards, 9 TD) after four games. He’s eclipsed the 200-yard mark in every games so far with at least one touchdown run of 40 yards or more in each game.
He’s attributed that to his offseason workouts, which the 6-foot-1, 205-pound Mason says have made him a better runner. A more seasoned offensive line has also helped, as well.
“I’m just more explosive now with more power,” Mason said. “The line’s blocking more for me now, because they’re more experienced.”
Despite his performance – which has helped the Green Wave score 50 points in back-to-back games for the first time in school history – it hasn’t translated into a barrage of recruiting calls. At least, not yet. Mason – a three-star running back as rated by 247Sports – has a handful of offers, from schools such as Western Kentucky, Navy, Austin Peay and Ball State. However, he’s also set on taking his time in the process, too.
“I still have the same recruitments that I had my junior year,” Mason said. “Nobody else has talked to me yet. I’d just say they haven’t gotten around to me yet.”
Gallatin head coach Mark Williams said he was surprised that more colleges haven’t contacted Mason at this point.
“You’ve got a young man – number one, he’s a great young man and he’s a great student,” Williams said. “He carries a 3.3 (grade-point average) and he scored well on the ACT. We’re sitting here after our fourth game of the season and he’s got over 900 yards rushing on not as many carries as a lot of other backs.”
One potential item that could play in his recruitment is his baseball prospects.
Mason – an outfielder for the Green Wave – hit .353 as a junior with a .463 on-base percentage, with three triples and one home run. He drove in 15 runs and tied for the team lead in runs scored with 24.
Depending on what he does in his senior season, Mason could find himself being taken in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft next year. If he was to play in college, he’d be locked in for three years before he could be drafted again.
Mason said it could affect his recruitment, but it could also help point him in the right direction, too.
“Maybe, maybe it won’t,” Mason said. “It may be where I just walk on to a college. MTSU has looked at me from travel baseball – they haven’t contacted me at all, but I know they were looking at me.”
Regardless of what happens on the recruiting trail, Mason has helped the Green Wave to three consecutive victories on the field, and it has Gallatin in contention to return to the postseason after missing the playoffs last year.
With a game at Glencliff on Friday, his numbers – and the attention he’ll receive from them – have an opportunity to further skyrocket.
“He’s got some good offers from some very solid schools,” Williams said. “But I think as he continues on this season, he’ll begin to see some more people come and knock on his door. And it’s a process – it’s a process you have to work through and it’s different for each individual. I definitely think he’s one of the best backs in the state.”
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