USC commit battles through injury

Pasadena (Calif.) Muir four-star Taeon Mason showed off plenty of speed early on in the Mustang's game against Cathedral Friday, but was stopped by a lower back strain late in the fourth quarter.

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 game tonight.

“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 for 30-yards.

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 athlete.

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.”

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