As a freshman in high school, Pleasant Grove (Ala.) standout Myles Mason helped his squad to the state championship game and he did it on both sides of the football.
Less than two years later he is among the most coveted rising-juniors in the country and stands as one of the top prospects in the state of Alabama. The in-state Crimson Tide has led for his services since offering and though he didn't pull the trigger on his most recent visit, the lead Nick Saban and company have created did grow.
"It was great," Mason said after two trips to Tuscaloosa in the last week. "Talking with coach Saban, creating a relationship with coach [Derrick] Ansley. The food was delicious and I got a chance to see other top recruits and talk with some of the current players."
Standout points on the four-star's latest time in town included interaction with potential future teammates and fellow blue chip recruits.
"Seeing some of the highest-rated prospects was the best," he said. "I talked to Ryan Johnson, a running back commit (Brian Robinson) and for the (Alabama) players I talked to Nigel Knott and Jared Mayden. But we really talked about what we liked about 'Bama and stuff along those lines."
With his junior season and not a verbal commitment on his mind, Saban did sit down and detail a safety position projection with Mason.
"He told me that I was a priority for them and that he wants me to visit as much as I can," he said.
Plesant Grove kicks off its 2016 season August 26 against Cordova (Ala.) High.