PASADENA, Calif. — Taeon Mason was back on the field Friday after missing Muir Mustang’s season opener. And while Mason scored Muir’s only touchdown against Cathedral, the injury that kept him sidelined in the opener sidelined him again with the game on the line.
“It’s just my lower back,” said Mason. “I got hit in the third
quarter and hurt it again. It was never fully gone. It was only
gone enough to where I could play, but I had to take myself out of the
“It killed me not to be in there on that last drive. I felt like I
needed to be there for my team, but I couldn’t. It hurt me, it hurt me
a lot. But that’s what is going to make me work harder in the weight room
to get my back stronger so I can overcome this injury.”
While Muir would lose to Cathedral 12-7 after leading most of the game,
Mason’s injury didn’t totally keep him from making plays Friday.
Mason had four catches for approximately 70-yards and ran the ball twice
The speed that USC recruited was obvious, and Mason says the reports of
him being “open for business” when it comes to recruiting don’t reflect
his status as a Trojan commit.
“I’m a solid commit to USC still, so I don’t know about that,” said
Mason. “People start rumors, but nothing has changed for me. I went
down to the game against Fresno State and the love is still there.
“The game was a great environment. I sort of expected that. I expected
them to come out strong and win. But they played outstanding and it was good to see
them come out like that.”
Mason had previously listed Fresno State as potential official visit
destination. After seeing the Bulldogs up close against USC, Mason is
putting any plans to officially visit other schools on hold.
“I don’t really know about visits,” said Mason. “I’m really just
focused on my team right now. I’ll think about all of that (visits)
after the season.”
Arizona State and UCLA were also schools Mason mentioned under
consideration. Those schools, like USC, are recruiting Mason as an
His preference for playing wide receiver or cornerback in college remains undetermined,
although Mason would like to see Muir get him the ball in more creative
ways this season.
That is once he is 100-percent healthy.
“I can’t really speak on where I’ll play in the future because my
injury didn’t really allow me to play much defense,” said Mason. “On
offense, I feel with the ball in my hands, I can do a lot.
“I believe in myself, and when I believe in myself, I just go for it.”
Stay tuned to USCFootball.com for isolation video on Taeon Mason from
his game Friday against Cathedral.
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