Cardinal Gibbons High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida is a recruiting hotbed for D-1 football programs across the country.
One of the players in their Class of 2022 drawing Power Five interest is 3-star defensive end Mason Thomas. Last season for the 4A Florida State Champions, Thomas (6’3″, 215) registered 45 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, 7 sacks and 1 interception.
Blessed to be the Defensive Player of the Year in Class 4A and First Team Defense #BLESSED @FlaHSFootball @Redskins32 @5manfree @CGHSFL @GibbonsFootball @FHSAA @TheCribSouthFLA pic.twitter.com/I1heBB0rbp
— R Mason Thomas (@thomss_r) April 8, 2021
Thomas is receiving plenty of Power Five interest, with his latest offer coming from the West Virginia Mountaineers. Along with WVU, Thomas holds offers from Iowa State, Boston College, Illinois, Indiana, Penn State, Pitt, South Carolina, Syracuse, Washington State, Central Florida and Colorado State.
The West Virginia football program has a deep and successful history of getting talent from Florida and hope to do the same with Thomas.
“I’m excited that I have offers from a variety of different Power Five conferences and believe they’re great offers,” Thomas told WVSN. “Right now, I’m just being patient and weighing all of my options with everything. I don’t really have any strategy in terms of making a final decision and just believe I’ll know when it’s the right school for me.
“I got the West Virginia offer from Coach [Travis] Trickett, he’s their recruiter for South Florida. He told me that the defensive line coach sent my film over to him and after seeing my film, that he really liked me. He thought I was a beast on the field and that’s why they offered. Before getting the offer, I didn’t know a ton about West Virginia. I did know about Tavon Austin and Will Grier. Once I got the offer from them, I’ve started to look into them and am trying to learn more about the school and the football program.”
Thomas mentions that his speed and power are two of his biggest strengths on the field. He tells WV Sports Now that being converted from running back to defensive end has helped him out with those two things. Thomas says that he’s complimented a lot for the way he’s able to bend with speed to get around the defensive end to get to the quarterback.
Full Junior highlights. R Mason Thomas 6’3 212lbs Stats: 45 TKLS, 15 TFL , 7 sacks and 1 INT. Also a 4A State Champion 💯🐐https://t.co/FfOLx0L9lH
— R Mason Thomas (@thomss_r) January 1, 2021
No doubt that Thomas is a skilled player but when talking to West Virginia Sports Now, he was quick to mention that he’s been helped and fortunate to play for such a talented program.
“I believe that helps me tremendously because I know when I get to the next level, there’s going to be a lot of players like that and I’ll be going up against them every day,” Thomas said. “I know that every day my teammates are going to help to get me ready and I’ll do the same for them. Playing with and against this type of talent is going to help me out in the future.”
At this point in his recruitment, Thomas said his only scheduled official visit is to Iowa State (June 4-6).