Biographical Data: 5’10” 215 – Mt Douglas[Victoria, BC]
Position: RB – Swift can do it all. It is not hard to imagine him playing tailback, H-back or even the traditional FB role. No wonder he was the #1 rated running back prospect in Canada according to Top Prospects. In his highlights you will also see him line up in the slot, as a wildcat QB and a LB on defense. H-back would likely be his quickest route to playing time.
Honours: A two time BC ‘AAA’ Champion with Mt Douglas [MVP in 2012]; MVP in 2013 BC All Star game; starred for Team BC at FBU Tournament in San Antonio TX – watch his highlights vs Team USA here and vs Team Europe here.
Mt Douglas coach Mark Townsend was also on the Team BC staff and had this to say about his star:
“Mason was the heart and soul of the B.C. squad and one of the few returning players from the 2011 roster,” noted Townsend, of his B.C. championship game MVP.
“Mason’s trademark punishing running style was once again on display as he ran through and over Team Europe and Team USA players alike. Like Marcus, Mason certainly further enhanced his prospects at the NCAA and CIS levels with his brilliant performance. He is a tremendous football player but moreover he is a special young man and will be a great addition to any college football program.”
My Take: No doubt Swift is an outstanding RB but one thing I really like is his ability to catch deep passes. That could make him a huge threat as the H-back in the Guelph offense. Remember, some of the biggest plays in 2012 were deep catches for TDs by H-back Fortino in games against Saskatchewan, McMaster, Laurier and Queen’s. But Fortino, and Campbell before him, were both converted receivers. I would love to see Swift become the dual threat H-back that would help take this offense to the next level.
I believe Swift is physically ready to play. His size and testing numbers are certainly impressive. So, if as a freshman, he can learn one or both the H-back and TB positions there would be no way to keep him out of the line-up. But that is a lot to ask. I could see him with an immediate position on special teams while he masters an offensive position(s).
Swift has perhaps a dozen highlight videos on Hudl. Here is the link to a partial 2012 highlight package. His 2011 highlights via youtube can be viewed here: