March 23, 2010

Mason excited about prospect of SEC offer

He won't believe it or take it for granted until he sees it with his own two eyes, but Tre Mason has reason to believe that a Southeastern Conference scholarship offer is on its way.

Mason, a 5-foot-9, 175-pound running back from Boynton Beach (Park Vista), Fla., has six scholarship offers that he's verified, but he admitted earlier this week that if he does indeed have a chance to play in the SEC, that opportunity would be difficult to turn down.

Ole Miss, Mason said, just might be on the verge of making that a reality.

"My coach told me that," Mason said. "That's what I'm hearing from my coach -- that (Ole Miss cornerbacks coach/recruiting coordinator) Chris Vaughn was looking to offer me.

"I'd be so excited to get an offer from them," Mason said. "I just know the SEC is very good. I know they're very good in their division and I'd get a lot of TV time. There's also a lot more competition in the SEC."

As for specific knowledge about Ole Miss or the Rebels' program, Mason admitted he's not to that point.

"I'm not sure I know anything about Ole Miss. I just know they beat Florida that one year," Mason said, referring to Ole Miss' September 2008 win in Gainesville, the Gators' lone loss during their national championship season.

Mason has verified written scholarship offers from Duke, Maryland, Wisconsin, Florida International, Rutgers and Marshall. Other schools, such as Florida and Miami, are showing interest as well. Mason said he's nowhere close to a decision, adding that he plans to attend both the Hurricanes' and the Gators' spring games as well as a NIKE camp at Miami on Sunday.

"I'm still pretty wide open," Mason said. "I'm not really hoping to hear from anyone. I'm just open. I was a fan of Miami and Florida when I was younger, but now, I'm just open to committing anywhere."

Mason, who rushed for 1,460 yards and 24 touchdowns on 165 carries as a junior, said he's working this offseason on his strength.

"Speed, agility and shiftiness is an advantage I have over most defenders," Mason said. "I want to work on my power. I'm elusive, but I want to leave tread marks on their face."

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