As a freshman two-way player in 2014, Myles Mason was a big reason Pleasant Grove (Ala.) made it to the state championship game. The Spartans fell short that night but the campaign put the class of 2018 standout on the map in the Yellowhammer State.
The following summer, his recruitment hit the next level and perhaps hit an apex when Alabama offered him a scholarship in August 2015. Upon learning of the news, the defending national champions took the lead for his services and haven't looked back since.
On Saturday, to the surprise of few, the four-star was back in Tuscaloosa as Nick Saban and company opened up the home slate.
"Just developing a stronger relationship with the coaches each time," Mason said before naming area recruiter Mario Cristobal, wide receiver coach Billy Napier and secondary coach Derrick Ansley as members of the staff he connected with.
Projected as a safety by Scout, the two-way threat feels most at home on defense. Alabama and many programs having offered like Auburn, Mississippi, Mississippi State and others feel the same way though he continues to impact each side of the ball.
Either way, Mason says Alabama remains atop his recruiting list. Still not in a rush to end the process, he says the staff there has been receptive of the pace.
"No pressure," he said.
Instead, the Crimson Tide coaches have worked to get to know the junior. In between time with him, he was able to watch another dominant defensive effort at Bryant-Denny Stadium as well.
"Defense played well, started off slow," he said. "I watched pretty much everything."
Pleasant Grove has had a different start to the 2016 season but the first win of the year was achieved in the most recent game. Mason hopes the momentum will continue.
"The season has been pretty good, not good for the team," he said. "We're just not playing together yet. But last week was a lot better, we're improving."
The Spartans host Moody (Ala.) Friday night with the chance to even up their record at 2-2.