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Campbellsville adds athletes from Ballard, Trigg

By James D. Horne jhorne@paducahsun.com

Campbellsville University added two area athletes on signing day Wednesday when Ballard Memorial's Shawn Johnson and Trigg County's Jacob Mason decided to continue their football careers there.

Johnson, a 6-foot-1, 275 pounder, will go and try to land a spot on the Tigers' offensive line.

"I really connected with the coaches when I went up there," Johnson said. "They really showed that they wanted me. I feel like it's the best place for me, and it felt like home. And it's not only just for football, it's also for the school. I just want to go and get a good education and have fun while I'm up there."

Mason will play on the other side of the ball and looks to get some playing time at defensive end and a game against former teammate Jayven Jones, who signed to play for fellow Mid-South Conference member Lindsey Wilson College.

"We actually play Lindsey Wilson, which is our rival, the first game of the season and I'm looking forward to meeting them and getting to see my friend Jayven again," the 6-foot-2, 250-pound defensive end said. "I look forward to playing for Campbellsville. It's a really nice college and a good Christian college. I look forward to playing for them and getting on the field as soon as I can and make some tackles for them."

"They have my major ,and I want to major in sports medicine and minor in criminal justice."

Johnson and Mason said they don't really know each other but Johnson is hoping the two can form a strong bond.

"I know of him, but I've never talked to him in person," Johnson said.

Both know they are going to get to play in one of the most competitive NAIA football conferences in the nation while trying to help Campbellsville win a Mid-South Conference title.

"I love the competition," Johnson said. "I think it can only make you better. I believe the tougher the competition the better you get."

Mason agreed, saying: "We'll be playing a lot of tough schools in Kentucky Christian, Lindsey Wilson, Pikeville and the University of the Cumberlands. In fact, another good friend of mine and former teammate, junior linebacker Andrew Stewart, was named to the 2013 All Mid-South Conference East Division First Team, so I know it's going to be tough."

Call James D. Horne, a Sun sports writer, at 270-575-8661 or follow him on Twitter @bigdog_jamesd.

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