Still Committed

Pasadena (Calif.) Muir four-star athlete Taeon Mason is still being recruited heavily by UCLA and ASU, but now Notre Dame and Fresno State have entered the fight for an official visit

Pasadena (Calif.) Muir two-way star Taeon Mason was USC head coach Steve Sarkisian’s second commitment of the 2015 class.

Mason, however, committed and almost simultaneously said he would still entertain interest from other schools. So when Twitter rumors about a de-commitment spread, many assumed Mason and USC were likely parting ways.

“I was heard that there was a rumor going around about me de-committing,” said Mason. “I don’t know anything about that. I am still solidly committed to USC.”

Solid is a subjective term. Mason remains open to taking official visits and has expanded his list of colleges he is interested in.

“ASU and UCLA are still recruiting,” said Mason. “UCLA is probably recruiting me the hardest. But Fresno State and Notre Dame are both on me too. Notre Dame was the last school to offer me.”

Notre Dame is a new school in the mix for Mason, having offered the 6-foot, 170-pound four-star a scholarship in May. While his knowledge of the school is limited, he is listening to what the Fighting Irish staff has to say.

“They talked to me a lot about the school and the facilities,” said Mason. “We talked about the the biggest majors they have and academics, but I’ve been researching all of the schools. I’ve been doing background checks on all of the schools.”

Mason’s last visit to any school came during USC’s spring game in April. Much of his spring and early summer were dedicated to running the 4x100 and 4x400 meters in track for Muir.

While Mason is fast, USC wants him to get faster.

“The coaches at SC have been on me about working out and getting better,” said Mason. “We talk about football, track and school.

“I ran relays because I wasn’t there when we were qualifying to run the 100 and 200 (meters). I haven’t run on a clock for a time in a while, but I’m trying to get stronger not just time better. I’m trying not to have injures during the season.

“With my speed, I’ve worked on getting off the line faster.”

Mason plays both wide out and cornerback for Muir, which leaves his future position in college open ended.

“I’m pretty open to playing either side of the ball,” said Mason. “I just want to watch USC this year to see what offense and defense they run.

“I want to see how they play overall so I can get a feel for where I would be able to get on the field the fastest. That’s really it. I also have to see what position I feel stronger at by the end of the season.”

At the end of the season, Mason will have likely taken at least one of his five allotted official visits. While he has five different schools recruiting him, including USC, he has yet to set any dates for trips.

“I don’t want to name schools and then not visit, so I’m not going to speak on that,” said Mason. “But I am talking with my mom about when the best time to take trips will be.”

His trip to USC would likely come in January, and according to Mason, there are plenty of reasons why he will remain committed to the Trojans when he makes that visit.

“I just see a strong team in the future when I get there,” said Mason. “The coaching staff is great, and I have a good relationship with them

“They also have a lot of good in-coming players going to USC. I plan on watching them and seeing them as the season goes. Seeing how the team chemistry is.”

Ironically, rumors of Mason’s de-commitment came on the heels of a fellow Pasadena local product’s committing to the Trojans.

Four-star wide out Desean Holmes was a Muir Mustang just a month ago, and although he has transferred back to Alemany, Holmes and Mason remain in contact.

“We don’t talk every day, but we actually had a conversation about USC a while ago, so I wasn’t surprised he commit” said Mason. “Even though we’re not super close, I knew after the junior day he’d probably go to USC. That’s all we talked about after the junior day.” Top Stories