October 29, 2010

Four-star RB has Ole Miss in top four

Floridian running backs have been a consistent feature during the Houston Nutt era of Ole Miss football. Four prominent backs - Enrique Davis, Rodney Scott, Jeff Scott and Korvic Neat - all hail from the Sunshine State.

Rivals.com's Chris Nee recently spoke to Lake Worth (Park Vista), Fla., running back Tre Mason, and Mason cited Ole Miss recruiting coordinator Chris Vaughn as "possibly the coolest coach I have ever talked to." Vaughn, a Tallahassee native, has helped sign seventeen Florida products over the past two signing classes, and the Rebel coordinator hopes to ink another in Mason, the Rivals.com No. 20 running back and No. 42 player in Florida.

Mason listed Penn State, Auburn, Ole Miss, Texas A&M, and West Virginia as five potential schools for the four-star back. The five favorites could account for his five official visits, but Mason isn't closing the door on other universities.

"Someone else could definitely sneak in there," Mason said of where he may take his official. "Because I have about three that I actually want to go to, right now. Ole Miss, West Virginia, Penn State, and Auburn are the schools that I actually want to go to, unless another school really changes my mind... No, (the schools) are not in any order right now."

Auburn was the school who most recently offered Mason, and the 5-foot-10, 190-pounder noted his excitement for the Auburn offer, also noting that the written offer from Michigan could materialize any day. After he received mail from the Wolverines for the past few months, Mason "actually talked to Michigan last week or the beginning of this week, and we've been in touch ever since."

"They haven't pulled the trigger on an offer yet, but I think it's coming soon. Very soon," Mason said of Michigan.

Mason has taken unofficial visits to Florida, Miami and Central Florida. He's also seen the facilities at Florida International.

Mason indicated earlier in his recruitment that he may commit in the middle of his senior season, but he's backed off any plans of a commitment until he takes all five of his official visits.

"I want to definitely take my visits first, before I make any decision," Mason said. "I know that I want to be comfortable in where I go to school, and I want to have a great relationship with my coaches and just know that I'm comfortable and willing to stay there."

The running back said Ole Miss' inconsistencies won't hurt the Rebels' chances. If anything, an opportunity to contribute early is a potential advantage.

"I know they are struggling a little bit right now but I feel I have what it takes to help any program out, not just Ole Miss," Mason also said of Ole Miss to Nee. "I know they are lacking running backs, they have a freshman getting some playing time, and I like that."

Mason plans to stay on the offensive side of the ball for his college career.

"I definitely want to play running back and maybe a little bit of slot (receiver). I feel like I have the hands to play slot, but I definitely want to be a running back. That's important to me," Mason noted. "I like being on the offensive side of the ball because I like having the ball in my hands and making great things happen. I can take it to the house on any play. Any given play. My mindset is to score every time I touch the ball, and if not, it's going to be a big play."

Mason leads Palm Beach county with "1,003 yards and 16 touchdowns" through eight games.

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