Sports Editor Peter Holland Jr
The night after Kaleb Hoppes made his college decision, senior linebacker Mason Thrash announced on his Twitter account that he has committed to play football at Butler Community College on Wednesday.
— Mason Thrash (@thrash_mason) January 23, 2020
“First, I’d like to thank my parents for everything they have done to get me to where I am today,” Thrash said in his statement. “Thank you to all the coaches who have spent time recruiting me. I would like also like to thank Coach (Jace) Pavlovich, Chet (Harlin) and all the rest of the coaching staff me into the player I am today. I am so thankful for the community of McPherson for all of the support they have given us each and every game. Last, I’d like to thank my teammates for all of the amazing memories we have created over the last four years. It has been a lifelong dream of mine to play at the next level. With that being said, I will be committing to Butler CC.”
Thrash has been a tackling machine all year for the McPherson High School football team and is one of the top linebackers in the state. the 6-foot-2 210–pound middle linebacker led the Bullpups with 90 total tackles, 6.5 tackles-for-losses, one interception and one sack. He made the Class 4A All-State team and was a finalist for the Defensive Player of the Year award courtesy of Sports in Kansas, in which his fellow teammate and Kansas State signee Cody Stufflebean won. Thrash, along with his senior teammates Hoppes and Stuffflebean, have been part of McPherson’s success for the last three years. The Bullpups finished 11-1 for the second year in a row and made an appearance in the Class 4A Sub-State finals for three straight seasons. Thrash is also a state qualifier in wrestling and is ranked in the top five in the 220 weight-class.
Just nine days ago, Thrash was invited to play at the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia. Mainly an inside linebacker, Thrash showed his versatility by lining up as an outside linebacker recorded five tackles during the game.
Thrash had other Junior College offers from Dodge City Community College and Coffeyville Community College. The senior was also considering NAIA-level schools such as McPherson College, Bethany College and most recently, Mid America Nazarene University.
The Butler County football team is one of the top JUCO programs in the country that is known to be a six-time national champion and has produced NFL talents over the years.
McPherson’s next national signing period is scheduled for Feb. 5 at 3 p.m.