Jordan Ponchez-Mason committed to Georgia Tech in January, after an official visit to The Flats. Prior to his offer from Georgia Tech, Mason held offers from Iowa State, MTSU, Ball State and Navy, among a few others. The 6’0”, 205-pound back is rated as a 3-star recruit by both the 247Sports Composite (0.8158) and Rivals (5.5) - his rating has been downgraded by 247 from 0.8166 just a month ago when he committed, so draw your own inferences from that information.
I just happened to see Mason play earlier this season, before he even had an offer from Georgia Tech. In the game I saw against Hendersonville, Mason rushed 40 times for 200 yards and four touchdowns. I was very impressed then and even more excited when he decided to commit to Georgia Tech.
His highlights showcase a great blend of speed and power, most likely suitable to play B-Back in Paul Johnson’s offense, though he could probably play A-Back as well. He also shows an ability to make lateral cuts and get upfield for big plays.
His speed isn’t blinding, but it’s definitely more than suitable fore a 200+ pound running back. For reference, Dedrick Mills is a pretty comparable 5’10”, 217 pounds to Mason’s size and he was able to run past plenty of defenders last season.
I think Jordan Ponchez-Mason has huge upside and is going to be a great addition to the Jackets’ backfield for years to come.
What to Expect
As I mentioned, I think there’s a chance Mason will be able to make an impression and earn some of the snaps left in the wake of Marcus Marshall’s departure. As we have learned over the years, it is extremely beneficial to have two competent B-Backs in Paul Johnson’s offense.
In addition to Mills, Mason will join Quiade Weimerskirch and KirVonte Benson at the B-Back position. It will be interesting to see who will get the majority of snaps behind Dedrick Mills in 2017.