Florida RB Hearing Most from Florida, Rutgers

One of the top running backs in Florida said his strong relationship with Rutgers' coaching staff is why he plans on making an unofficial visit to check out the Scarlet Knights in the summer. He is hearing the most from Florida, which is yet to offer, and Rutgers, which offered a few months ago. Find out why he plans on visiting Rutgers, and where else he may be heading in the summer.

When it comes to which schools are recruiting Park Vista (Lake Worth, Fla.) running back Tre Mason, Florida and Rutgers stand out.

And while a visit to the Gators is a four-hour car ride, the 5-foot-10, 190-pound Mason said his strong relationship with the Scarlet Knights' coaching staff is the reason he plans on visiting Rutgers in the summer.

"I hear a lot from Rutgers. They're in the running with who I hear from the most. I talk to (assistant) coach (P.J.) Fleck, (assistant) coach (Phil) Galiano and (head) coach (Greg) Schiano. I talk to them on Facebook a lot, but I try to give them a call every once in a while.''

"I have such a good relationship with coach Fleck, coach Galiano and coach Schiano. They want me to come up, and I want to see the program for myself. I like seeing stuff for myself.''

Mason, who is the 34th rated running back in the nation by Scout.com, said the Gators are in touch with him aplenty as well, although he does not hold an offer from Florida.

"I was talking to one of the (Florida) coaches, and they said they were going to come down and check out a practice,'' Mason said. "I already took a visit up there and talked to coach Urban Meyer. I'm just looking forward to them giving me an offer. I think they're close to giving me one.''

Mason holds double-digit offers after getting recent ones from Minnesota, Cincinnati and Florida Atlantic.

"Cincinnati is pretty cool,'' Mason said. "I know a little bit about Cincinnati because my family is from up north. I'm not sure about Minnesota. FAU is in my county. I have a lot of friends who go there. Their program is rebuilding right now. They'll be good in a couple of years.''

While Mason has made trips to the Florida schools, he is yet to explore campuses outside of his home state. It is why he wants to visit several northern schools in the summer.

"I'm going to try and take a visit up to Rutgers, a visit to Florida, another unofficial to Miami, try Ohio State and I'm going to a couple of camps,'' Mason said. "I'm not sure which ones right now, other than Miami and Florida, because they're in-state.

"I'll go to Florida State as well. I have to get to Florida State because they came down and visited the school.''

Mason ran for ran for 3,000 yards and scored 44 touchdowns the last two seasons, and is considered one of the top offensive players in talent-rich Palm Beach County.

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