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
“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
“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
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.”
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