Trousdale County’s Mason Basford will try his mettle against some of the top high school football talent in the country next week.
Basford, an offensive/defensive lineman who just finished his sophomore year, has been invited to take part in one of five Blue-Grey National All-American Super Combines. Basford will head to Canton, Ohio, for a two-day event on June 9-10.
Basford qualified for the national combine after competing at a regional event at Pope John Paul II in Hendersonville.
“Someone had to nominate you to go to the regionals; I don’t know who that was,” Basford said. “Obviously I’m glad they did.”
At the regional, Basford ran a 5.36 40-yard dash and had 31 reps of bench pressing 185 pounds.
“There were a lot of good ballplayers there. I think I held up well,” Basford said of the regional event. “I’m expecting even more at the All-American Combine.”
College recruiters also attend the national combines. Basford said he had been invited to multiple camps, including Tennessee Tech, Austin Peay, Kennesaw State and Sewanee.
Basford said he looked forward to representing Trousdale County and testing himself against “the best in the nation.”
He also said he was looking forward to Trousdale County’s upcoming football season, saying spring practice was extremely physical.
“I love what we’re doing here. We’re getting back to being the physical team we should be,” he said.
Basford’s mother, Misty Butler, said she was extremely proud of her son’s accomplishments on the gridiron.
“I’m proud of him. He works hard for it and earns it,” she said.
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