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Alabama remains atop the list for blue-chip safety Myles Mason, who is still considering other programs

Myles Mason has had Alabama atop his list for a year and a half but other programs remain in the running for his verbal commitment.

As a freshman two-way player for Pleasant Grove (Ala.) in 2014, Myles Mason helped the Spartans to the state championship game. The program hasn't reached the end game since that point and the 2017 group will be led by Mason, now to be a senior four-star football prospect. 

"Gotta finish strong," he said of heading into his senior campaign. "The biggest goal is the state championship. That's what we all fight for."

As an individual, there has been more wide receiver than defensive back on a given Friday night, but one of the best in 'Bama continues to work on each side of the football.

"I've been working at DB more lately, but receiver is my main position," Mason said. "It's been tough balancing it, but I can do it. I'd say it's equal right now.

"At safety, I can move around the field, I'm very versatile and my speed helps a lot. At receiver it's my footwork, route-tree and route-running."

As a college football prospect, most programs envision Mason patrolling the secondary. The school still in lead position for a verbal commitment, Alabama, is on that side of the coin as well. Since offering two summers ago, the Crimson Tide has sat atop the list of possibilities. 

"Safe to say," he said with a laugh. "Every time I go there I feel needed more than wanted, it just feels like home. 

"The Iron Bowl was crazy, it was very intense. The fans and the players were even more riled up before the game." 

Mario Cristobal had been leading Mason's recruitment for UA, but even before he departed for Oregon, Alabama's secondary coach began making an impact.

"Coach (Derrick) Ansley has become a bigger part," Mason said. "He's a cool guy, down the earth and everything he tells me is just positive. He keeps me straight."

Auburn and Louisville aren't slowing in their pursuit of the top junior despite Alabama's longstanding lead for his services. 

"I would say Auburn and my most recent offer is from Louisville," he said of other contenders. "I like coach (Rodney) Garner, they're real big on family, I like that. 

"Coach L.D. (Scott), the D-line coach, he recruits this area (for UL). He's very straight-forward and keeps it real with me. A cool guy."

Mason, who says he remains open to new programs jumping into the mix as well, doesn't have a timetable for a final decision.

"Not really, I'm taking it day by day," he said. "When it feels like it's time to commit, I'll make that decision." 

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