Football recruiting during COVID is very complicated, so it took a while for standout Munford cornerback Kelton Mason to find a landing spot.
After a recent visit to Campbellsville University in Kentucky, Mason liked what he saw and knew it was the spot for him. He made it official Tuesday afternoon during a signing ceremony at Munford High School attended by friends, teammates and family members.
“The defensive backs coach (Derek Burnett) had been texting me for a while,” Mason said. “‘When I went up there it really felt like I could relate with him … I knew it was going to take a while, but I felt like everything was going to work out. I was praying all the time and talking to God.”
Mason had 17 tackles and two interceptions last season as cornerback and also caught eight passes for 161 yards and two touchdowns.
“Kelton is a tremendous kid, a super-hard worker and just a football guy,” said Munford coach Slade Calhoun. “He studies film religiously and always practices hard. Just everything you would want in a player.”
Calhoun was hired as Munford’s defensive coordinator before Mason’s sophomore season. Mason joined classmates Jacoby Miguel, Traveon Hawkins, Jessie Savage and Jarra Dowell as sophomore defensive starters.
“I remember thinking this guy has got to play immediately,” Calhoun said. “He came up and made a big hit on a screen during one of the first practices. He was what I was looking for in a corner back. There was something special about all of them.”