April 27, 2012

Interest picking up for underrated Massington

Size and speed cannot be taught, you either have them or you don't.

Prospects with both tend to catch the eye of college coaches, and that is exactly what Mesquite (Texas) West Mesquite wide receiver Eldridge Massington is doing right now.

At 6-3, Massington weighs around 192 pounds as he competes on the track, and has the frame to hold more. The size along with his team leading 41 receptions for 666 yards and 16 touchdowns has been attracting college attention from several college programs over the past few months. However, 100 meter times like the 10.57 he ran at a regional qualifying meet tend to take the buzz to an entirely new level.

Recently Oklahoma St., Texas Tech, and Nebraska have each extended offers. Miami and Oregon have expressed strong interest and intend to make their way to West Mesquite. USC plans to make their way in as well. The out of state programs are not the only ones to increase their interest. Recently, the Texas Longhorns let him know they like what they have seen.

"I really don't know what happened," Massington said. "I just know my coach called me when I got home from practice [Wednesday] and said he just got off the phone with coach chambers and he wants you to call him. So I called him and he told me they were interested in me. I was like wow. It was a big surprise for me."

Massington is not new to the Longhorns. He made a trip to Austin for the Longhorns February 25 Junior Day, and has been in communication with both tight ends coach and area recruiter Bruce Chambers and wide receivers coach Darrell Wyatt.

He is currently still sorting through the latest interest from the Longhorns, and is planning to visit the campus in the near future.

"They were trying to get me to visit if I go to state and I told them I was definitely going to state," he said. "I feel pretty confident in myself."

He is also confident that he could fit in well with what the Longhorns do on offense.

"Texas they have a pro-style offense and that's what I like. They have the system," he said. "I feel like if I went there I would play."

Right now he says he does not have a current favorite, but he does admit he is waiting to see what happens to interest from USC, Miami, Clemson, and LSU. When the smoke clears he does plan to start narrowing his focus, but is not in any hurry.

"I'm just going to be patient with it. I'm not going to rush it," Massington said. "I'm going to let it come. The decision I make I'm going to be there for the next few years. I don't want to make a decision and then change my mind. I don't plan on de-committing. I want to actually know where I want to go. When I make my decision I want that to be the place."

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