Coach Sees Bright Future For Future Tiger

Auburn commitment Tre Mason and his high school coach talk about the newest Tiger.

Lake Worth, Fla.--All it takes is a few moments with Auburn commitment Tre Mason to get a sense of what kind of person the Tigers will be signing on Feb. 2.

At his announcement ceremony on Wednesday at Park Vista High, Mason didn't have a group of hats on the table or pull a stunt instead he showed up already wearing Auburn gear with orange and blue balloons surrounding him while he made his decision public.

For his coach Brian Dodds it was nothing out of the ordinary for his best player. Perhaps the most decorated and heavily recruited player in the eight years of the school, Mason has made an impression on his head coach since he's been playing for him and Dodds said he'll do the same at Auburn.

"He's always smiling and very personable," Dodds said. "He's going to walk in there and guys are going to be friends with him right away, he's just that type of kid. As an athlete he has that unique ability and that's why he's going to the SEC. He can make a cut laterally and not lose any speed.

He has great straightaway speed but he can also go laterally very fast," the coach noted. "He's also physical. We ran the I-formation at Park Vista and he ran between the tackles a lot. He's not afraid to do that. They are getting a complete player, a complete running back."

Unlike some players who get caught up in the recruiting hysteria, Mason handled things very well throughout his recruitment and didn't talk out of both sides of his mouth. Instead he chose to talk about the best qualities in schools such as Ole Miss, West Virginia and Michigan until the very end despite his decision to be a Tiger.

"He's always been a fun-loving kid and he just went with it," Dodds said. "He didn't put himself on a pedestal. He just wanted to research everything and do the best for himself. I think he made the best decision."

That research led Mason to check out Auburn thoroughly following contact by running back coach Curtis Luper. Hearing from the Tigers and getting an offer soon after in early October, Mason said things just kept building for him until his official visit for the Georgia game. That was when he said things fell into place for him in the recruiting world.

"It gave me a great feeling," Mason said of his visit for the Georgia game. "They planned everything out just right. I knew it was one of their biggest rivalry games and one of the biggest in the South. They were going to play with a lot of energy the whole game and the coaching staff came with a lot of energy.

"Coach Luper, I can actually call him Uncle Luper now because that's how close he is to my family. Just being up there was a dream come true."

Tre Mason is expected to have a chance to contribute as a freshman at Auburn with the Tigers being short on numbers at tailback.

Needing immediate help at the running back position Auburn will look to Mason to help pick up the slack in the running game in 2011. Already strong and fast and with the ability to make people miss, Dodds said the best is ahead of his running back.

"The sky is the limit for him," he said. "He's getting bigger and is developing physically. With his speed and his ability to run laterally I think he has an outstanding opportunity to be a very good player in the SEC and beyond."


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