Lake Worth (Fla.) Park Vista running back Tre Mason is the Palm Beach County big-schools rushing leader with 993 yards and 15 touchdowns on 121 carries this season. The four-star running back has racked up more than 20 offers, but at this point is focused in on five of those offers.
"Ole Miss, West Virginia, Penn State, Texas A&M, and Auburn," Mason said. "They are all schools that need a running back like me. I think they are good places and I just want to go check them out."
At this time, Mason claims that he has no leader and the five schools are in no specific order. He will allow his official visits, all five of which he intends to take, to sort things out. He was originally planning to take his first official this weekend but that has now been rescheduled.
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"I was going to visit Penn State this weekend but I won't be able to make it," Mason said. "I am going to try to schedule another visit in two weeks, so my parents can come up there with me."
He talked a bit about each of his favorites and the coaches that are recruiting him.
Penn State: "Coach (Mike) McQueary is recruiting me for Penn State. He is just a cool guy. I know they usually have bigger backs, but I guess they want me so they can get some more speed into their offense."
Auburn: "They are Running Back U. They produce great running backs almost every year, guys like Ronnie Brown. They have one of the best offenses in that nation so that is definitely attractive to me and pulling me towards them. I am taking them very, very seriously. Right now I am talking to Coach (Curtis) Luper from Auburn, he is just telling me great things about their program and what I can do."
Ole Miss: "Coach (Chris) Vaughn is recruiting me, he is possibly the coolest coach I have ever talked to. 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. I know they are lacking running backs, they have a freshman getting some playing time, and I like that."
Texas A&M: "I talk to Coach (Randy) Jordan and he has been telling me how they are 50-50 with running and passing the ball. I like a balanced offense like that where you can use your versatility with them running and passing the ball."
West Virginia: "I am being recruited by Coach (Lonnie) Galloway. I have been watching them for a long time now and of course everybody knows (running back) Noel Devine goes there and we play the same, we play alike. I have kind of a relationship with the quarterback, Geno Smith. He is just kind of doing his thing up there."
In addition to his five favorites, he has a sixth school that he is intrigued by.
"I also have another school in mind that is pretty high to me, Michigan," Mason said. "It is their tradition and the way they play football. I also have a pretty friend who goes there, (quarterback) Denard Robinson, from Deerfield (Beach), and we have been running track together for a while and we are friends. I wouldn't have a problem playing with him and also another kid I know, (running back) Vincent Smith that came from the same county as me, Pahokee."
Michigan's Tony Dews is handling Mason's recruitment and has indicated that they are likely to offer, but at this point the Wolverines have yet to pull the trigger.
Academically, Mason earned an 830 on the SAT and expects to encounter no issues with qualifying.