June 5, 2007

Putting on the weight

Playing primarily tight end during his prep career, Mason Cloy realized he needed to bulk up as he transitions to playing exclusively center in college. It hasn't taken the Tiger signee long to put on a majority of the needed weight. What is Columbia Spring Valley blocker's size now? What are his thoughts heading into his freshman season at Clemson?

Playing primarily tight end during his prep career, Mason Cloy realized he needed to bulk up as he transitions to playing exclusively center in college. It hasn't taken the Tiger signee long to put on a majority of the needed weight.

"I'm 6-foot-4, 290 pounds, up from 265 (pounds) that I played at last year," Cloy told Tigeirllustrated.com Sunday afternoon. "Mostly just through moving and fishing I've put on the weight along with eating and lifting weights."

Cloy and his family recently moved from Columbia to Fort Monroe in Virginia.

"My dad (Colonel Mike Cloy) got stationed up there so we just moved up there," noted the standout. "We've been busy with that. And yesterday my sister, Melanie, got married, so I've been in Greenville for that. Today I'm at (fellow Tiger signee) David Smith's graduation party. I've been out fishing lately too with Wilson (Norris)."

The three star recruit out of Spring Valley keeps in touch with Clemson offensive line coach Brad Scott.

"He calls every other week," noted the nation's No. 10 center prospect in the class of 2007, according to Rivals.com. "He tells me to keep working hard. I'm anxious to get up there. I'm not sure if I'll red-shirt or play this season. I'm not sure what to expect. I just want to have a first year without much stress and settle in fast. I'll probably red-shirt."

Who does he see making an immediate impact from the Top 20 class the Tigers brought in?

"The guys already there (Willy Korn, Landon Walker, Brian Linthicum, Xavier Dye and DeAndre McDaniel) are the huge ones, they'll all play," entailed the lineman who will don number 62 for the Orange and White. "I'm not sure Landon will play because offensive line is a tough position to play your first year. I know the other (midyear enrollees) will play. I'm not sure if they will start, but they'll be in the rotation. Brian Linthicum may start later on in the season if he continues in the direction he's going. I'm hearing about things about him. Stanley Hunter and Scotty Cooper should be nasty when they team together. Markish (Jones) should be a sick wide receiver. If he can put on a little weight, he'll be able to push people around."

Cloy, who opted to focus on working out over playing lacrosse this spring, will room with the rest of the '07 offensive linemen true freshmen - Smith, Walker and Norris.

"I'm moving in on July 1st as we have orientation on the 2nd and 3rd," he added. "In the meantime, I'm just going to be fishing and hanging out. I was just up in Clemson two weeks ago. Wilson and I made sure everything was straight regarding our housing and enrollment."

Cloy finished with a 3.8 GPA and scored a 1090 SAT his sophomore year on the then 1600 scale.

Tigerillustrated.com ranked the touted center as the No. 16 prospect in the state of South Carolina. He played in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas and was an All-State selection by the Associated Press.

As a senior he totaled 57 knockdown blocks. The talented athlete also had 16 catches for 251 yards and three touchdowns as a tight end.

Cloy holds Spring Valley's school record for knockdown blocks with 175. He was named a team captain in the Max Emfinger All-American Bowl Classic for the East squad last January.

The trench man earned the honor of Lowerstate Division AAAA offensive lineman of the year by the South Carolina Coaches Association. Also, he won the Wendy's High School Heisman Award and was a Carolina Panther Community Captain Award recipient.

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