JACKSONVILLE – Bolles has been a powerhouse for a while now and tight end Mason Yost has gotten to experience plenty of the success.
In Yost’s three seasons at Bolles, the team has posted a 33-7 record and made two state final appearances (2014, 2016) and a region final appearance (2015).
At 6’4″, 235 lbs., Yost is entering his second season as a full-time starter after being the No. 2 tight end and a core special teamer as a sophomore.
The 2018 prospect helps his cause by participating in wrestling, weightlifting and track at Bolles.
He says wrestling assisted in his body control, balance, trimming his body fat and building toughness.
This past season, the Bulldogs went 12-1 overall which included a Class 4A state final loss to Cocoa 31-17.
“Our goal was to make it to states and win it,” Yost told Prep Sports Scouting. “We stopped a little short.”
Yost’s grandfather is Corky Rogers, the Bolles coach since 1989. The longtime head coach, who won 10 of the program’s 11 state leading titles stepped down earlier this off-season.
“We didn’t know it was his last season. It fuels us for this season,” he said. “We plan to grind it out this summer and we’ve learned a lot about each so far in the spring.”
Being Rogers’ grandson, Yost says Rogers used him as an example to the other kids.
“He [Rogers] doesn’t give me anything, I have to earn it,” Yost said. “He’s the hardest on me than anyone else. If you come to a practice, he’d yell at me more than anyone else.”
Him being my grandfather has made it easy to ask him for help and learn more. It is a blessing to have him as a great guide in my family.”
Over the spring, Rogers would come to a practice a week just to watch. His replacement is one of his longtime assistants in Wayne Belger.
In terms of the differences between Rogers and Belger, Yost says things are bit tamer overall.
“It is pretty much the same with just less yelling at practice,” he said. “With Josiah [Johnson] at quarterback, we are opening up the offense a little more with different routes and concepts, not necessarily passing more.”
Speaking of another change, 2017 graduate Mac Jones is now at Alabama competing for snaps at quarterback. His replacement is Josiah Johnson, a 2018 prospect who sat behind Jones the last three seasons.
“I think things are bright for him [Johnson]. He’s a great leader on and off the field,” Yost said. “He’s really throwing the ball well and leading us well. He’s had to adjust himself to be the guy, but we are coming along.”
On his way
Yost started his football career at age 5 as an offensive and defensive lineman. He moved to fullback and linebacker until 7th grade. He then moved back to the defensive line in 8th grade before transitioning to tight end as a freshman.
Serving as a tight end and a defensive end, Yost will earn plenty of time as a core senior leader this fall.
He says he found his confidence last spring.
“Running routes with Mac, I felt like it was my time and I feel like this is my place right now,” he said.
Yost calls his run blocking and hands his biggest strengths. He’s looking to become a complete blocker on sweeps and taking out the defensive end.
His stock has been on the rise as of late with nine offers coming in total: Army, UT Chattanooga, East Tennessee State, Montana State, Central Arkansas, Brown, Howard, Colgate and Jacksonville State.
He’s also drawn interest from East Carolina, Troy and Liberty.
Yost says Jacksonville State, Central Arkansas, Montana State have shown heavy interest in him as of late, but Army stands out to him because of the life after football aspect.
“I wasn’t thinking about joining the military, but once I got the offer my eyes opened to the endless opportunities after graduating,” he said.
Yost wants to use football to earn a free college education and go from there. He doesn’t know what he wants to major in yet, but he would like to be a postgraduate assistant and coach one day.
“I strongly believe that the only place success comes before work is the dictionary,” Yost said. “You have to set goals and work your butt off to achieve them. There are no shortcuts in the classroom, on the field or in life. Hard work must be out in to see results in every aspect of life.”
Yost is thankful for everything his family has been able to do for him. He’s one of the hardest workers out there. His strength and blocking is a clear asset and that is what is helping him earn college offers. Look for him to increase his skillset in his final season.
Favorite players to watch – Rob Gronkowski, Tom Brady
Playlist before games – Lil Uzi Vert
Favorite movies – Transformers series, Get Out, Fast and Furious series
Fun fact that you think nobody knows – “I have a great passion for pets. I’m in love with dogs especially puppies. We have an Australian Kelpie/German Shephard mix and two Golden Retriever puppies.”
Nicknames from teammates or friends – “Gronk Jr.”
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