By Doug Petrowski
While Mountlake Terrace Hawk Mason Stone has been offered an opportunity to make the University of Washington football team next fall as a walk-on, the senior flanker/defensive back doesn’t know yet if he will pursue becoming a Husky.
“I’m not sure yet,” Stone said. “I want to see out all my other options before I go making my decision.”
Word leaked out Wednesday that Stone had been contacted by the UW coaching staff and given the chance to try out for the 2013 football squad upon enrolling at the Pac-12 school for the 2013-2014 academic year.
UW Defensive Assistant Coach Danny Razore was the member of the Husky staff that extended the offer, Stone said.
NCAA Division I schools are limited to 85 scholarships in their football program, so coaching staffs will offer opportunities to students not being provided financial aid a chance to “walk-on” to the team. Sometimes these athletes will be given some form of a scholarship if they are successful in making the team, but it can be rare.
For students being offered a scholarship to play Division I football, they will sign a “letter of intent” agreeing to attend the institution full-time for one academic year. Letters of Intent for the 2013-2014 school year must be signed between Feb. 6 – April 1, 2013.