Mason County (Ky.) is home to several underclassman prospects. The northern Kentucky school houses five prospects who will receive d-1 attention over the next several months at summer camps and combines.
The player with the most notoriety on the roster is junior quarterback Neal Pawsat who is among the top 20 players in Kentucky’s 2011 class. “I think he throws the most accurate long ball of any high school kid I’ve seen,” said David Buchanan, Head Coach at Mason County. “He’s got tremendous ball velocity. He can throw the ball a long way. He’s really got the intangibles and the leadership. Those areas are as important as his skill.”
As a quarterback, to be at your best there’s a need for a quality wide receiver. The Royals have that in Jordan Gilbert. The 5-foot-9, 155 pound receiver, in Buchanan’s opinion, is one of the best at Mason County in the last decade. “He and Chris Lofton (former Tennessee standout basketball player) are the two best wide receivers to play here,” said Buchanan. “He’s a tremendous play-maker. He’s great speed, feet and hands,” he finished. Gilbert had 31 catches for 511 yards and seven touchdowns as a junior.
Mason County also has strong running game, anchored by sophomore running back Josh Harris. “He’s got a lot of interest from Ohio State and others, including Kentucky,” said Buchanan. “He’s got great football instincts, aside from being athletic and fast. And on the other side of the ball, he’s all over the field making plays defensively,” he said.
Harris, 6-foot-2, 185 pounds, had 142 carries for 1,319 yards and 19 touchdowns. He also had 16 catches, 225 yards and a touchdown. He also accounted for 115 tackles last year.
Two linemen also will play a big part for the Royals. Alex Newton (6-foot-3, 245 pounds) and Tyler Black (6-foot-2, 210 pounds) will both play major roles for Mason. “They like (Alex) at center or guard. He’s got good feet and he’s very athletic,” said Buchanan. “Tyler is a very good basketball player. He plays tight end and defensive end for us. He’s got great hands,” continued Buchanan. Black had 74 tackles as a sophomore.
Last season Mason County had an 11-1 record last year, falling to Pike county Central in the second round of the playoffs. With the talent on hand, Coach Buchanan is hoping to improve on that finish this season.