Commitment Capsule: Marquis Mason

Commitment Capsule: Marquis Mason

With the opportunity to play football and basketball and be only a short car ride from home, there was never a doubt to wear Madison East wide receiver Marquis Mason was going to play ball. How big a pick up was it for Wisconsin? Find out right here with analysis, his recruiting story and video highlights

His Recruiting Story: Born in Milwaukee and moving to Madison when he was three, Marquis Mason didn't start following college sports until early in his high school career. When the television was on, however, all that was playing was Wisconsin.

An accomplished basketball player, Mason earned All-Conference and All-Area honors after averaging 18 points and 11 rebounds a game, numbers that earned him scholarship offers from Green Bay and Milwaukee. As good as he was on the hardwood, Mason was just as successful on the field, catching 43 passes for 711 yards and two touchdowns.

Those numbers caught the eye of Bielema, who surprised Mason with his first scholarship offer at UW's 2009 spring game. If that wasn't sweet enough, Mason was told by Bielema that UW basketball coach Bo Ryan would allow him to walk on the team if he committed to play football. Although it's still TBD if Mason will play basketball, the standout wideout can't wait to be running routes for UW.

Midwest Recruiting Analyst Allen Trieu's Scouting Report: He has a ton of upside. His size and the athleticism he has packed into that frame make him a matchup nightmare. He was hidden away a bit being from Madison and also being more of a basketball player. Had he gotten out there more, I think he would have ended up with quite a few FBS offers. I see him as a future starter for the Badgers.

Badger Nation Publisher Benjamin Worgull: It's hard to find a standout player on a team that went 2-7 last season, but Madison East was lucky to Mason. The 6-foot-5 receiver grabbed 56 passes for 866 yards for 14 scores, and was often double teamed by the opponents. One criticism of Mason is that he's not a very good blocking receiver, and will sometimes take plays off when he knows he's not the focal point. Watching Mason this year, he's certainly improved in those two areas, meaning he'll be coachable for receivers coach DelVaughn Alexander.

Badger Nation Hoops Recruiting Analyst Michael Langlois: Mason is a physical specimen who is in an elite class as far as strength and athleticism go for in-state prospects. He displayed his usual physical play and intensity while I watched his Madison East squad during pool play. Mason continues to consistently play above the rim on both offense and defense and attacked the glass with ferocity on both ends of the court. While his outside shot remains a work in progress, his form appeared to have improved since the last time I saw him play and he also appeared more comfortable at the free throw line.

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