August 18, 2010

Four-star running back has Ole Miss "up there"

Tre Mason is emerging as one of the top one or two running backs on Ole Miss' wish list for the 2011 signing class.

The good news for the Rebels is the interest is quite mutual.

"I'm definitely interested in Ole Miss," Mason said Tuesday night. "My interest couldn't be any higher. That's how high it is."

Mason, who is being recruited to Ole Miss by recruiting coordinator/cornerbacks coach Chris Vaughn, said Vaughn is "one of the best recruiters I've ever talked to in my whole life. He makes you feel comfortable and he makes you feel like he's known you for years and you'd be comfortable there for years."

Mason said Vaughn "sees me as another Dexter McCluster." The former Ole Miss wide reciever/running back, now a rookie with the NFL's Kansas City Chiefs, "is one of the greatest playmakers I've seen. I'm compared to him and (West Virginia star) Noel Devine."

Mason, a four-star prospect from Boynton Beach (Park Vista), Fla., has stopped counting offers. The 5-foot-10, 190-pounder has more than 20. He said Tuesday he's not really begun to whittle the list or rank favorites, but he admitted some schools stand out.

"Ole Miss is definitely up there, without a doubt," Mason said, adding that he also has serious interest in West Virginia, Texas A&M, Penn State, Vanderbilt and Kentucky. Georgia, Mason said, would vault into that category with an offer, one that Mason feels is forthcoming.

"It's just a blessing," he said. "One offer is a blessing. Not too many people in the world get one."

Mason, ranked as the No. 21 running back nationally by Rivals.com, rushed for 1,460 yards and 25 touchdowns as a junior. He'll kick off his senior season next week with a home game against Jupiter.

Mason said he's hoping to take an official visit to Ole Miss during his high school team's bye week. The Cobras are idle on Friday, Oct. 1. Ole Miss entertains Kentucky at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium the following day.

"I want to take my time, but if I visit a place, like it and feel at home, I'd have no problems committing right then and there."

Mason said one of the strengths of his game are his hands and his versatility.

"My team wants to use me as a slot receiver, a running back or any way to make a play," Mason said. "I try to set myself apart and do thing no other player will even attempt to do."

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