Pleasant Grove, Ala.--A dynamic athlete who is likely capable of playing early on the next level, 6-2, 200 Myles Mason was recently on the Auburn campus to check out the Tigers for the annual A-Day game and left feeling good about Coach Gus Malzahn's program and about fitting in as a safety in Kevin Steele's defense.
"It was a great experience," Mason said. "What stood out to me the most was talking with Coach Steele. He was talking about how they will lose three safeties (seniors Tray Matthews, Nick Ruffin, Stephen Roberts) and I would have a great opportunity, if I were to go there, to come in and play early. That's what I want to do."
Even though Auburn's defense lined up in base coverages during the spring game, Mason said he liked the way they played the game. He said he also liked getting to meet Greg Brown, who is in his first season coaching the secondary for the Tigers.
"I like the way they play, the way their DBs play," Mason said. "I like Coach Brown because he definitely knows what he's talking about. He's got a lot of NFL experience.
"That's very big. He definitely would know what it would take the make it to the next level, which is a goal for me."
In addition to spending time on the Plains, Mason recently had a chance to work out with his cousin and Auburn signee Jordyn Peters as he prepares for his spring practice with the Spartans. Getting to know each other since first spending time together at a game two years ago, Mason said it was good to get up with him again and put in some work.
"I was up there visiting my granddad's house in Muscle Shoals, which is where he is from," Mason said. "We just said we were going to work out together so we got some work in."
While he noted that Peters being at Auburn won't influence his decision, Mason said if things work out it would be great to play alongside a family member in the secondary.
Currently working with a top five of Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida State and LSU, Mason said he's planning to make a decision sometime this summer, but only if he's 100 percent certain of his choice.
Visiting Alabama this coming weekend for their spring game, Mason said he's also hoping to visit Georgia as well before making a return trip to the Plains for Big Cat Weekend.
"I have been gone just about every weekend to different schools," Mason said. "It just has been very busy for me."