The Kansas football program picked up a class of 2021 tight end commitment on Tuesday night.
Mason Brotherton, a 6-foot-4, 235-pound tight end from Mena, Ark., announced his decision to join the Jayhawks on Twitter. He told Jon Kirby, of JayhawkSlant.com, that he got a good impression from his meetings with head coach Les Miles, offensive coordinator Brent Dearmon and tight ends coach/recruiting coordinator Josh Eargle.
“My thought was I would be comfortable in coming in and learning from Coach Dearmon and Coach Eargle every day,” Brotherton told Kirby. “I think they’re great people outside of football, as well. That’s what was most important for me. Talking to them, developing a relationship over these last few months, it’s been awesome, and they’ve been extremely welcoming. They’ve always believed in me the most.”
Brotherton was originally slated to visit Lawrence last weekend for the annual spring game, but that was called off because of the pandemic.
The three-star prospect, who also held offers from Coastal Carolina, Louisiana-Monroe, Mercer and Memphis according to Rivals.com, said the KU coaches saw him as a player capable of handling different styles.
“They said they wanted a tight end that can come in and stay on the field when they run the hurry-up,” he told Kirby. “They said whether they put him down on the line or split them out wide, they don’t have to take him out of the game and put another one in.”
In his announcement on Twitter, Brotherton thanked his family, as well as his “coaches, teachers, trainers, reporters, teammates and many others” who helped him in his high school career.He said it had always been “a dream of mine to play power 5 football and to compete with the best.”
Brotherton is the seventh member of the 2021 recruiting class to commit to KU. The others are Lawrence High running back Devin Neal; Brownsburg (Ind.) High quarterback Ben Easters; Little Rock, Ark., defensive end Deldrick Withers; and Jaddai Henry, Majik Rector and Kelan Robinson, who are all wide receivers from Texas.