Two weeks ago Gretna senior Mason Goldman became a little more of a household name in recruiting circles. Not just in Nebraska or regionally but more so nationally.
August 18, Goldman, a 6-foot-6, 260-pound lineman received an offer from Pac-12 school Arizona State. His second power conference offer. Kansas offered July 26, prior to ASU and KU more than a handful of Group of Five and FCS schools offered.
“It (ASU) was really random, they just added me on twitter and within an hour of that we talked on the phone,” Goldman said of ASU. “I talked to the offensive line coach (Dave Christensen) and halfway through the conversation he said they were going to offer me and I was surprised. They want me to come out there for an official visit this fall and I will probably go down there this fall for an official.”
His only scheduled visit this fall is Saturday when he will take a game day visit to Nebraska.
“I usually talk to either Sean Dillon (Director of Player Personnel) or (inside linebacker) coach (Barrett) Ruud,” he said of NU. “We talk about how the season is going and they were going to look at my first two game films and let me know what they are thinking as far as offering or not.”
Wyoming, Memphis, Eastern Michigan, Idaho, South Dakota State, South Dakota, Northern Iowa and Lindenwood all offered Goldman after a strong junior year and camp season this summer. Like Nebraska, Kansas State, Indiana, California and Iowa State are yet to offer but have shown strong interest.
A two-way player, most of the schools recruiting him see him as an offensive lineman at the next level.
“Offensive line except for Indiana and Nebraska,” Goldman said of what schools see him as at the next level. “Those two see me more as a defensive end or defensive tackle. I don’t have a preference. I will play either position.”
Goldman has been on campuses before, he went to junior days at Nebraska, Kansas, Wyoming, Northern Iowa and South Dakota State.
Three of those schools have been and are in regular contact with him.
“The school that talks to me the most is Kansas or Wyoming,” he said. “Northern Iowa always keeps me up to date with everything they do and what they think.”
As far as visit plans for the rest of the fall, Goldman said he would like to get to the schools that have been talking to him already.
The biggest school or power five program or the one with the best NIL deal isn’t necessarily what he is looking for.
“It (level of school) wouldn’t be the deciding factor in anything. I want to go to a place that I feel comfortable and a place I feel like I can make an impact,” he said. “I want to take my time with everything, when I feel ready I will commit to the best fit.”