As Mason Friedline walked around the Yale Bowl, he thought about the history.
The stadium, which hosted its first event in 1914, made an impact on the 6-foot-5, 280-pound lineman (Shoreline, Wash./King’s) who spent time this week touring Yale and Harvard.
“There’s so much history in these programs, it’s really cool to check out,” he said. “It was pretty cool to see the Yale Bowl and hear from both sides the tradition of the Yale-Harvard football game. That’s the original game right there. That’s huge.”
Friedline has plenty of Pac-12 offers – Washington, Cal and Arizona among others – but he is taking a long look at the Ivy League.
“These guys are definitely near the top,” Friedline said. “Yale and Harvard, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to go to one of these schools.”
Because of the application process to get into Yale and Harvard, Friedline doesn’t expect to make a decision before December. Both universities are in his final four, which also includes Washington and Cal.
“I’m trying to get to know all these coaching staffs,” he said. “I already have a pretty good relationship with Sark and his guys at Washington. I know coach [Jim] Michalczik and coach [Jeff] Tedford at Cal. I already have those down. But I’m starting to get to know these East Coast coaches. I like them. It’s cool out here.”
After spending several long days at Harvard and Yale, Friedline stayed on the East Coast with his family, turning the trip into a vacation. It also gave him some more time to think about what it would be like to travel across the country for college.
“It’s pretty far away out here,” he said. “It’s pretty far from Seattle. Do I want to stay on the West Coast and go to Cal or UW or go out to the East Coast? It’s a tough decision, but I’m going to make it sooner or later.”
Once the vacation ends, Friedline plans to pause the recruiting process while he prepares for his high school season.
“I’m trying to turn my eyes back to high school and get that first state championship for King’s,” Friedline said.