Spring practice has begun for Boynton Beach (Fla.) Park Vista and so has a flurry of attention for its running back Tre Mason. Heading into the spring, Mason already had a handful of scholarship offers from schools around the country. Early into spring practice three more have already arrived - though Mason isn't ready to count one of them just yet.
"Cincinnati and Minnesota offered me and my coach told me that UCF offered too but I want to see it in paper," Mason said. "They saw my film. Minnesota is kind of brand new. I hadn't really talked to them much and then Cincinnati I had been talking to for a while."
At this point in the process, Minnesota is a program that Mason is still learning about but it's also a school that he is very interested in. One reason is the potential opportunity to see playing time.
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"I know it's been around for a while but I'm not really too familiar with Minnesota," he said. "I know they're looking for a running back so I'm interested in that and I'm not turning down any school right now."
While Minnesota was a new name to Mason, Cincinnati is one that has maintained steady communication for some time and one that he is very interested in.
"I know that [Cincinnati] is a pretty good school," he said. "They like playmakers too. Hopefully I'll fit in. I like Cincinnati. I was a fan of Cincinnati this year so that could be a good place that I fit in."
Already coaches from Miami, UCF and Minnesota have been through to see Mason. Rutgers and Florida are among numerous others with plans to stop by. Miami's Jeff Stoutland has already made one stop and plans to come back when the pads are on later in the spring.
The Hurricanes along with Florida are the main two official offers that Mason has yet to pickup that he is still hoping for. If he doesn't earn them this spring, he will look to the summer camp circuit to pick them up.
"I'm definitely going to the Florida camp and the Miami camp," he said. "I'm going to try to make it to Rutgers since I have such a good relationship with them and we have a team camp at UCF and I'll try to take an unofficial visit there too."
Looking at his offer list, Mason has options from around the country. Currently he lists Rutgers, Cincinnati, UCF and Florida as the schools that he has the best relationships with and even those schools represent a fairly diverse geography. Mason insists that he could see himself playing in any region.
"It wouldn't be bad for me to stay in state," he said. "Of course I like my family to come watch my games but if I get to pursue my dreams and go to the NFL in say California then I'll go to California."