Mason Walters is UT-Bound

Texas picked up it's 17th commitment for the Class of 2009 when Mason Walters gave his verbal to Mack Brown and the Texas Longhorns. Walters was unable to be in Austin for Saturday afternoon's spring game, but that didn't stop him from heading down Saturday night to give his commitment in person.

When Inside Texas last spoke with Wolfforth Frenship offensive tackle Mason Walters, it was apparent Walters was tiring of the recruiting process. He had initially planned on taking his time when it came to a decision, but that went out the window as the months wore on.

"I originally was going to take my time, but back when I said that, I had no idea what I was talking about," said Walters. "I didn't know the pressure I was going to have to deal with. Not pressure from Texas, I just felt like everyone was watching me and waiting."

The process ended on Saturday when Walters became the 17th commitment it the Longhorn Class of 2009.

Walters actually came to his decision earlier in the week but wanted to wait until Saturday so he could give Texas head coach Mack Brown his commitment in person. Walters told IT that he's very happy with his decision.

"Overall, it's the right place for me. It has everything. You can't beat Texas," said Walters.

In fact, Walters wasn't even able to be in Austin for Texas' spring game Saturday afternoon because of a track meet -- in which he placed 2nd in the shot put with a throw of 49.8 feet -- but he went ahead and made the drive down to the 40 Acres, arriving at roughly 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, so he could end the process and make his commitment.

According to Walters, there is a wide collection of reasons for why he chose Texas, but part of his decision was following a hero of his to Austin. Frenship High School has produced its share of Division I prospects, including a pair of Texas Tech signees in the 2007 Class (QB Seth Doege, DE Ryan Haliburton), but one of the most famous players the high school has produced is New England Patriots and former Texas tight end David Thomas.

Walters has made it a point to seek out the former Frenship star to talk to him about Texas.

"I've talked to David a couple of times. I saw him this week when he was leaving our weight room (at Frenship) and told him I wanted to go to Texas," said Walters. "He went to our high school and I really look up to David Thomas and if (Texas) can produce an athlete like that, it must be great."

Texas has occupied his top spot even since he took a visit to Texas for a junior day on February 10th, but, as much as he enjoyed everything he learned about the program, one of the reasons the Longhorns impressed him was what wasn't true.

"I heard of lot of negative things about Texas in recruiting, but when I went the junior day, none of them were true," said Walters. "The coaches were great."

Primarily the "negative things" Walters was hearing about Texas was in the way the Longhorn coaches recruit and handle scholarship offers.

"You hear a lot of things around here. Lubbock is Red Raider country," said Walters. "Some people were saying Texas pressures you to commit and that they'd pull your offer if you don't commit, but that wasn't the case at all. The coaches were very sincere, didn't pressure me and said they weren't going to pull the offer. They said it was my decision."

On Saturday, Walters gave his decision to Texas and became the Longhorns 17th commit in the Class of 2009. It's a class he said he's proud to be a part of and said that he's just glad to be given the opportunity to play college football for a great program.

"I've lived in Texas my entire life and I'm proud to play for a big college here and represent this great state," said Walters.

The 6-5, 280-pound Walters is the No. 4-ranked offensive tackle in the nation for the Class of '09 and the No. 7 overall player in the state of Texas.

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