Florida Running Back Talks Rutgers Offer

Tre Mason, a 5-foot-10, 190-pound running back from Palm Beach County in Florida just picked up a Rutgers offers, and he divulges what he knows about the Scarlet Knights. One key aspect in the early going appears to be the relationship Mason is developing with a pair of Rutgers assistant coaches. Find out what he had to say, what he is looking for in a school, and who else is chasing him.

Park Vista High (Lake Worth, Fla.) running Tre Mason acknowledged he doesn't "really know much'' about Rutgers other than they run the ball a lot, and I like that.''

But the relationship he is building with the Rutgers coaching staff is piquing his curiosity.

In fact, the 5-foot-10, 190-pound Mason said Scarlet Knights assistant coaches Phil Galiano and P.J. Fleck are doing such a good job, he is hoping to visit Rutgers in the summer.

The reason for the increased interest on both sides is Rutgers just offered Mason.

"They're very cool coaches, so I wouldn't mind going up to Rutgers,'' Mason said. "They're down to earth and they make you feel comfortable around them. I don't have to feel nervous when I talk to them. They make me feel like I'm part of the Rutgers family already.''

Mason combines power and agility with what he reports as 4.42 speed in 40-yard dash. Lately, his recruitment intensified.

He recently picked up offers from the Scarlet Knights, Mississippi and Marshall. He already held offers from Duke, Maryland, Florida International and Wisconsin.

Mason said he is also being recruited by Florida, Miami, Ohio State, North Carolina State and Oregon, and he shared what he wants in a school.

"Academics and something that shows me we'll win a national championship,'' Mason said. "I want to see everyone driven, everyone is willing to play as hard as they possibly can, and everyone plays for each other, and not for themselves.''

As a junior, Mason was one of the most productive players in Palm Beach County.

He ran for 1,460 yards and 24 touchdowns as a junior, and has rushed for more than 3,000 yards and 44 touchdowns the last two seasons.

"I think I'm an all-around player,'' Mason said. "Really, you can put me anywhere on the field and I'm going to do something you need me to do. As a running back, I think that my speed and my vision and my cuts get me to where I need to be, which is the end zone.''

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