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The Recruiting Guy:
Mena's Brotherton one to watch
2021 TE Mason Brotherton.
FAYETTEVILLE — Mena tight end Mason Brotherton is one of the more promising sophomore prospects in the state and has the attention of several SEC schools.
He's already received invites to summer camps at Arkansas, Florida, Auburn, Mississippi State, Texas, Baylor and Memphis.
Brotherton, 6-4, 230 pounds, 4.9 seconds in the 40-yard dash, has 10 catches for 103 yards and a touchdown in the past two games. He visited the Hogs for the Alabama game Oct. 6.
He has a lot of intangibles needed at tight end while also looking to improve.
"I think I have great hands," Brotherton said. "I've worked on my blocking. I think I'm an excellent run blocker now. That's something I take pride in because on the next level I'll have to be able to do that. I love running routes and catching the ball and scoring."
Brotherton dropped 15 pounds during the offseason to improve his 40-yard dash time and is looking for further improvement over the next two years.
"My goal is a 4.7 by my senior year," Brotherton said. "I think the only thing holding me back from being a great tight end right now is being able to pull away from DBs."
Brotherton sacrificed at the dinner table to get to a lower weight.
"Strictly diet and I worked out a lot more," Brotherton said. "I was very active. I fractured my wrist. I tried to workout as much as I could so I wouldn't gain any weight."
Brotherton has a 3.9 grade-point average and is planning to major in sports medicine.
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