Stone Bridge RB Elisha Mason (Photo: Joe Barnes/recruit757)
Eli Mason Makes a Splash at Clash of the Titans Camp
by Marc Goldstein, recruitNoVA
Elisha “Eli” Mason of Stone Bridge High School showed off his talent and skills at the Recruit757 Clash of the Titans Camp recently. He is a junior running back who is looking to capitalize on his notoriety that comes from his dad who played in the NFL. He plays the game with an edge and goes hard every single play, no matter the situation. He has since seen some added interest from schools since the tampering period for colleges is over.
Eli relishes the competition and hard work put in during the camp, saying, “I think everyone was working hard, there were a bunch of great players, and I’m glad I could be a part of it today… It brought the best out of me just with all of the talented guys that were here, and I’m happy that I was here… Everyone was giving their best effort, so that just makes me step up my game to the next level.” Eli wants to be pushed to get to the next level, one that he knows he can reach, he just needs motivation to do so.
Nonetheless, he is trying to get better day in, day out to make a bigger impact in the eyes of recruiters. This off-season he has exemplified that. “I have been lifting, doing speed work, just trying to improve every aspect of my game, just trying to minimize my weaknesses so I can be the best player possible,” he elaborates. The improvements he has been trying to make have been related to his speed and quickness, hoping that he can become the best version of himself. Eli considers his size and strength as some of his biggest attributes. He knows there are very few running backs that are his size and have his power, so he wants to use that to his advantage.
Being a student-athlete means a lot more than just going to school while simultaneously playing football in Eli’s mind. “It is extremely important because school comes first before football. It has always come first, and if you don’t have the grades, then no coach will recruit you. It all starts with the grades,” he details. He draws inspiration from his father, knowing that his father made the NFL, and Eli wants to make him proud. “I just get so much motivation from my pops. He was in the league, so he just motivates me to work hard .Everyday he just inspires me to do my best. He just instills life lessons in me,” he says.
Eli is staying hungry for the season, saying, “I just have to stay ready, and keep working. When spring comes, I know that I’m going to be ready, and until then I have to stay active.” He knows that his time to shine will come soon, and when it does, he is excited for his future. He knows he will make a big splash, and he is excited to see where that takes him.
– Marc Goldstein