VAUGHT: Mason stays committed

Each time I talk to Nashville quarterback Deaunte Mason, the more impressed I am with him. He committed to Kentucky in October. Since then, he led his Pearl-Cohn team to the state semifinals and earned Mr. Football honors.

And yes, he's drawn considerable attention from other schools and received numerous scholarship offers. However, unlike some players who waver after making early commitments, Mason has had no change of heart and says he won't have one.

"I am not interested in any school except Kentucky," Mason said. "I am a man of my word." Believe him. He's easy to believe as one would expect the president of the school's Fellowship of Christian Athletes to be.

I stopped at his school for a feature that will be out soon in the Kentucky Sports Report magazine. I was overwhelmed with the way those at the school respected him — and I was impressed with everything about him just as coach Tony Brunetti had predicted I would be.

Mason says he "kept up" with Kentucky's season and liked what he saw.

"They were pretty good. I was impressed with what they did," Mason, who also plays basketball and runs track, said.

He hopes to be able to get tickets to watch Kentucky play in the Music City Bowl Dec. 31. He would also like to be able to see the Cats practice while they are in Nashville if his schedule permits.

Mason made his official visit to Kentucky last weekend. "Nothing surprised me. It was just like I thought it would be," he said. "Kentucky still wants me to be a quarterback, and that's what I want to do. I like the other guys who have committed to Kentucky from what I have seen and read. I am excited about joining Kentucky's program."

He's excited enough that he's doing what he can to recruit other players.

"I'm having some luck. Whatever I can do, I will," Mason said.

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