Auburn In The Mix For Florida Runner

This talented runner from the Sunshine State talks about recruiting and getting an offer from the Tigers.

Lake Worth, Fla.--It's no secret that the Auburn Tigers are looking for at least two running backs for the 2011 signing class with limited depth already and losing senior Mario Fannin this year. Because of that coach Gene Chizik's staff is always working to identify talent throughout the year.

One of the players that has jumped out to the Tigers is speedy Tre Mason from Park Vista High. Rated a three-star prospect and the number 30 back in the nation by, Mason wasn't an unknown commodity but his performance so far as a senior was enough to show Auburn he was for real.

"I just got off the phone with coach (Curtis) Luper and he sounds like a pretty cool guy," Mason said. "I like Auburn now. Today was the first day I've gotten in touch with them and my first time talking to coach Luper. I got an offer from them today.

"He just told me I was 100 percent offered a scholarship by Auburn," the 5-10, 190 Mason added. "He was just telling me he likes a guy that can break it the distance. I can break it 80 yards for a touchdown. He said I'm a very versatile player that has speed and power. He said that's what they're looking for all in one person."

Using his electrifying speed in the 40-yard dash, Mason was virtually unstoppable as a sophomore and junior in high school when he rushed for 3,000 yards and 44 touchdowns. His senior year he has picked up right where he left off with a huge start to the season.

In just four games he leads the county in rushing with just over 700 yards and 10 touchdowns as his team is undefeated. Last week he rushed 25 times for 296 yards and three touchdowns in a win over Palm Beach Central. All that was done in just three quarters.

With a need for running backs the Tigers are looking for players that can both carry the football as well as catch it out of the backfield. An all-around athlete that runs track and lines up as a cornerback when the opposition has a good wide receiver, Mason said he's not too familiar with the style of offense that Gus Malzahn employs but it doesn't matter much to him anyway.

"I don't know too much about Auburn," Mason said. "I'll have time to get to know them though. I want to know more about them.

"It doesn't really matter to me if a team is in the I-formation or the spread or the Wing-T," he added. "If I get the ball in my hands I'm going to do something with it."

With over two dozen offers at the moment, Mason said that while the Tigers are the newest school on the block they didn't waste any time moving towards the front of the list.

"Right now it's Ole Miss, West Virginia, Penn State, Texas A&M and now Auburn," Mason said. "I haven't visited anywhere yet but Auburn is definitely a place I want to check out, maybe for a game. I want to see what they've got to offer. I want to get this recruiting rolling and see what they've got."

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