The countdown continues with a young, talented offensive lineman who will get bigger and better.
Mason Richman - RS Freshman
Leawood, Kansas (Blue Valley HS)
6’6”, 289 lbs
2021 Projection: 2nd String Left Tackle
A couple quick-hitters regarding Richman in high school. He was first-team all-state. He was an excellent defensive player; in fact, his recruiting profile primarily lists him as a defensive end (and funny, tight end). He blocked five kicks in high school (speed, burst, strength, athleticism). It’s also nice that he has a bit of that “nasty” about him. Richman lettered in basketball. It would be a rare thing to come across a Hawkeye who plays only one sport.
Mason Richman enrolled early for the Hawks and that more than likely helped him see the field in 2020. He was one of eight true freshmen to see the field for the Hawkeyes. Richman played in three games. This is always a bit of an indication of either 1) serious need, or 2) the staff’s evaluation that this kid will be in their plans. It says a little more that Richman plays offensive line. The big fellas have to learn to swim in the deep end of the pool, with sharks. Richman’s Rivals weight had him at 259. He’s now at 289. Your technique has to get pretty good pretty quick in order to not get buried by college defensive linemen at that initial weight.
Here are some highlight’s from Richman’s senior year in high school.
He looks like a man among boys.
The Hawkeyes are known for tight ends and offensive linemen. It will be interesting to see how new offensive line coach George Barnett does. If he was hired by Kirk Ferentz, you can take it to the bank that the guy knows his stuff and he is also good at relaying it to student-athletes. Iowa typically tries to get its best offensive linemen on the field. Right now Richman is the backup left tackle. It wouldn’t be surprising to see him moved around if there is a need. Versatility is also a common element if you play for Offensive Line University. Until we can sing, “In Heaven There is No Beer!”.... Go Hawks!