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November 14, 2010
AU takes lead for four-star RB
Four-star running back Tre Mason took an official visit to Auburn over the weekend. The 5-foot-10, 190-pounder from Park Vista High in Lake Worth, Fla. has four official visits left to take, and plans to take them.
But Mason doesn't expect the rest to compare to the one to Auburn.
"(The Auburn visit) is probably going to be one of the greatest trips I'm going to be able to take," said Mason, ranked the No. 14 running back in the country. "I really like the people. Everybody is so nice. When they talk about family, they actually are a big family there.
"Auburn has great traditions, especially Toomer's Corner. That was one of the greatest things, one of the most exciting things I got to experience."
Mason got to experience the toilet papering of the trees at Auburn's Toomer's Corner following the Tigers' 49-31 win over Georgia. Before making his way to downtown Auburn, he watched as Tiger quarterback Cameron Newton and running back Michael Dyer rolled up nearly 400 yards of total offense against the Bulldogs.
"The game was played with so much emotion," said Mason. "Cam brings so much emotion to the team. He can literally take over a game by himself."
Mason was hosted on his visit by running back Eric Smith. He also hung out with Dyer, who broke Bo Jackson's freshman rushing record at Auburn, and Onterio McCalebb, who scored three touchdowns in the game against UGA.
"I hung out with all of the running backs," said Mason. "It was all of us together. I also got to see Cam in the locker room and talk to him a little bit. He's just a great person.
"I'm proud for (Dyer breaking Jackson's record). We recently made a great relationship so I want to be able to see him again, spend some more time with him."
Mason said he plans to.
"I'm looking forward to going back and visiting again," he said. "I definitely want to go back on an unofficial visit. I had such a great time and made such great relationships with some of the people there.
"I had a good conversation with Coach (Gene) Chizik. He is a great guy. (Running backs) Coach (Curtis) Luper is great. Everything is great."
Including the depth chart.
"It's a great opportunity," said Mason. "It will be Dyer, Onterio and if I commit, it would be me. They are looking to sign two (running backs) this year.
"They run the ball a lot and I love to have the ball in my hands. I wouldn't have a problem playing in their offense. I wouldn't have a problem committing to the Auburn Tigers."
Mason said him committing to Auburn is a real possibility, especially after the weekend.
"All of my questions have been answered like how many running backs are going to be there, how the players are treated, what their schedule is like, everything has been answered in the one visit," he said. "I'm really happy with the visit.
"Right now, I'd say the Auburn Tigers are leading. Everything about them, the coaching staff, everything. I really like it at Auburn."
Mason said he plans to announce his decision following his fifth and final official visit. He has two others currently scheduled: West Virginia Dec. 3-5 and Ole Miss the following weekend.
He's also considering visits to Penn State and Texas A&M.
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