Four-Star Running Back Picks Chizik's Tigers

Running back prospect Tre Mason talks about his decision.

Lake Worth, Fla.--With just two scholarship running backs on the roster for spring football practice there is no question that the Auburn Tigers need immediate help in the backfield for the 2011 season.

On Wednesday the Tigers added a key verbal commitment when speedy Park Vista standout Tre Mason chose Coach Gene Chizik's program over offers from Ole Miss, West Virginia, Michigan, Texas A&M and several others.

"It's everything about them," Mason said when talking about what stands out to him about Auburn. "It's the coaching staff, Coach Chizik is a great guy. Coach Luper (running backs coach Curtis Luper) is great. Everything is great."

The lack of depth at the running back position is one of the reasons why Mason agreed to give the Tigers a look in the first place. Taking his official visit for the Georgia game weekend, Mason said he was blown away by the atmosphere at Jordan-Hare Stadium and around the campus all weekend despite not having too much information about the program at the time.

"I didn't know too much about them," Mason said. "I just knew they produced great running backs and I'm a running back. I want to go where I'll be successful. I feel like Auburn is the place for me to be.

"When I was up there and it became time to leave I didn't want to go home," he added. "That thought was always in the back of my head that I felt like I felt comfortable there and fit into the offense. I was just giving myself other options to see if I fit in somewhere else but I feel good where I'm at."

As a senior Mason ran for just over 1,500 yards and scored 23 touchdowns in 10 games. It capped off a very successful three-year run for the lightning quick back that saw him total over 4,500 rushing yards and score 67 touchdowns.

Tre Mason

Mason becomes Auburn's 21st commitment joining the nation's number one offensive guard Christian Westerman and four-star players Kris Frost and Brent Calloway and defensive end Devaunte Sigler, who also announced for the Tigers on Wednesday, as the most recent pledges to the Tigers.

Rated as a four-star prospect himself, Mason is the number 29 running back in the country according to

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