Mason Blown Away By Auburn Visit

Running back prospect Tre Mason talks about his visit to Auburn and where the Tigers stand after the trip.

Lake Worth, Fla.--It's no secret that Auburn is looking for help at the running back position and one of the players that is being targeted is speedy Tre Mason Park Vista High. Taking his official visit to Auburn for the Georgia game over the weekend, Mason had a chance to see Auburn in all its glory and left impressed by what he saw, so much so that he's already planning on a return trip.

"It's probably going to be one of the greatest trips I'm going to have," Mason said. "I had a good conversation with coach (Gene) Chizik and I'm looking forward to visiting again…I definitely want to go back and take an unofficial visit because I had such a great time.

"What I really liked about going to Alabama was the people," he said. "Everybody was just so nice. When they talk about family they are actually a big family. Auburn has a great tradition, especially Toomer's Corner. That was an exciting thing I got to experience. The game was played with so much emotion. Cam (Cameron Newton) brings so much emotion to the team. He can literally take over a game by himself."

It's not just Newton that delivers for Auburn's offense though as sophomore Onterio McCalebb had three touchdowns and freshman Michael Dyer broke Bo Jackson's freshman rushing record at Auburn in the win over Georgia. Mason said when he looks at the offense he can picture himself in it.

"They run the ball a lot," Mason said. "I love to have the ball in my hands and do great things with it. I wouldn't have a problem going into that offense.

"I'm proud for him (Dyer) because just recently we've made a great relationship," he added. "I want to be able to visit him again and spend some time with him."

With Dyer and McCalebb really the only two running backs on the roster that will be back next season the need is there at the position. That's something that Mason said he's aware of and helps Auburn's chances with him.

"It's going to be a great opportunity," Mason said. "It's going to be Dyer and Onterio and if I commit it will be me. They are looking to sign two this year. I wouldn't have a problem committing to the Auburn Tigers."

Offered just over a month ago by Auburn, Mason admitted that he didn't know much about the program or their needs at the time. Since then he said he's done some homework on the Tigers and it only got more involved on his visit.

"All of my questions have been answered such as how many running backs are going to be left, how the players are treated, what their schedule is like" Mason said. "Everything was answered in that one visit. I'm happy with my visit.

"Right now I would say the Auburn Tigers are my leader," he added. "It's everything about them. It's the coaching staff, coach Chizik is a great guy. Coach (Curtis) Luper is great. Everything is great."

Auburn was the first visit for Mason who also plans to visit West Virginia on Dec. 4 and Ole Miss the next weekend. He said in addition he's looking at possibly visiting Penn State before making a decision. With his team not making the playoffs this year Mason's season is complete. In 10 games he ran for over 1,500 yards and scored 23 touchdowns.

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