Youngstown Ursuline standout Darrell Mason is one of the top 2009 prospects in the Buckeye State. The 6-foot-1 and 215-pound Mason played safety and tailback and returned kickoffs during his sophomore season.
Mason, who could play either position in college, made 58 tackles and intercepted three passes last season. He also rushed for 503 yards and scored five times.
The stats don't tell the entire story. Recruiters know Mason is an exceptional athlete. He has good size, is explosive and runs the 40-yard dash in 4.55 seconds.
“I get mail from Akron, Tennessee, Michigan, Ohio State, Michigan State, Cincinnati, Pitt and Penn State,” Mason said. “That's about it.”
Though it is still very early in the recruiting process, Mason has some schools in mind and a few favorites.
“I like Penn State, Ohio State, Michigan, and I'd say probably Michigan State and Illinois,” Mason said. “My favorites are Ohio State, Penn State and Illinois.”
Mason attended football camps this summer at Ohio State, Michigan State and Pitt.
“I think it was the June 22 (Ohio State) senior camp,” Mason said. “I worked with the running backs. It was fun. I loved it.”
Thus far the Buckeyes have offered a scholarship to two Ohio class of 2009 prospects, Youngstown Cardinal Mooney defensive tackle John Simon and Licking Valley running back and linebacker Storm Klein. Mason is certainly a candidate for a Buckeye offer as well.