As Offers Pile Up, Does Mason Still Like RU?

Rutgers has long been on Park Vista High (Lake Worth, Fla.) running back Tre Mason, and for a long time he has been showing them plenty of interest back. Now, Mason has close to 20 offers, so where do the Scarlet Knights stand? Mason talks to about his recruitment, whether he still plans on visiting Rutgers this summer. Come inside and get the latest on Mason's recruitment.

A scheduling conflict is keeping Park Vista High (Lake Worth, Fla.) running back Tre Mason from visiting Rutgers this weekend, but it won't keep him away from the campus long.

While Mason's offer count approaches 20, one of the constants in his recruiting is the attention being paid by Rutgers, and the attention the 5-foot-9, 185-pounder is sending the Scarlet Knights' way.

Mason picked up recent offers from West Virginia and Mississippi, and he is getting plenty of attention from those schools, but the Scarlet Knights are matching them when it comes to interest level.

"I've been talking to Rutgers a lot," Mason said. "It's really even across the board. I talk to everybody a lot, but I'd say the most I've been hearing from the last couple of days is Rutgers, West Virginia and Ole Miss."

Originally, Mason planned to visit Rutgers this weekend, but a passing league tournament involving Park Vista High is keeping him in Florida. But Mason still thinks he will make it to New Jersey in the near future.

"I'm definitely going to get up there for a visit," Mason said. "That is definitely one of my places I'm going to see and take a visit to. I'm going to take my unofficial first. I'm going to go up there with my parents. I'm trying to get up there next weekend, or some time very soon."

One of the things drawing Mason to Piscataway, N.J., is the coaching staff. Receivers coach P.J. Fleck, tight ends coach Phil Galiano and coach Greg Schiano are all involved.

"I definitely have good relationship with coach Fleck, coach Galiano and I'm starting to have a good relationship with coach Schiano," Mason said. "They said I could be their biggest play-maker and help take them to a national championship."

Wherever Mason lands, he will bring speed. He recently ran a hand-timed 4.38 in the 40-yard dash, with three coaches from his high school each getting the time.

Teams tell Mason they will use him in a multitude of ways, putting him in the slot, in the back field and even letting him run the "Wildcat" package.

"I'm going to be a playmaker no matter where you put me," Mason said. "I'm comfortable lining up wherever you need me. I can be in the slot, in the backfield, as the Wildcat quarterback, anything."

In his last two seasons, Mason ran for 3,000 yards and 44 touchdowns. He believes he is most effective out of the backfield.

"I feel that's where my talent is," Mason said. "I visualize myself making a touchdown before I even do it. If the play is designed to go right, for some reason I can see the other side of the field, I'll turn it all the way around and go to the left."

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