Pasadena (Calif.) Muir wide receiver Taeon Mason committed to USC last February, and with his senior season over, the recruiting process is getting started once again.
Mason will take his first official visit of the year to Washington State this weekend. The 6-foot, 175-pound two-way athlete is excited
to see college football outside Southern California.
“I’m real excited,” said Mason. “USC is really the only school I’ve
seen outside going to a camp at UCLA last year.
“I still have to make a checklist of things I want to see from
Washington State, but mostly, I want to see the environment. I want to
go up there and see what kind of love they show me. I want to see what
I get out of the trip.”
Mason is officially being recruited as a defensive back by the Cougars,
although he has also had discussions with the offensive coaches about
playing wide receiver.
USC originally took Mason’s commitment as a wide out, but his
recruitment in recent months has made his place with the Trojans
Thus, USC head coach Steve Sarkisian attended Mason’s last high school
game versus Cathedral two weeks ago.
“I haven’t spoken with any of the USC coaches since the game,” said
Mason. “They basically told me back over the summer that I would come
in and play wherever I felt most comfortable.
“They asked me where I wanted to play, but I don’t really have a
favorite position. I like playing both sides of the ball. I’m worried
about where I fit in the best. That goes for any school I go to.”
While USC’s lack of communication with Mason is curious, he was
appreciative of Sarkisian’s presence on the sidelines at his final high
“Yeah that was a big deal,” said Mason. “It made me play even harder.”
Despite USC’s up and down season, Mason doesn’t see the Trojans lows as
a reason to look elsewhere or even second guess his original decision to
“All teams make mistakes, it’s about getting better and improving,”
said Mason. “A couple of those losses USC had came in the finals
seconds and they lost by a couple of points.
“It’s been just a few plays during games that have messed them up. I
spoke to the coaches during the season about the scholarships and the
limited amount of players they have, but they never used that as an
With a visit to Pullman (Wash.) set for this weekend, Mason will be
categorized as a soft verbal commitment. In this case, that appears to
be an accurate depiction of where he stands with USC.
“I don’t second guess or regret anything,” said Mason. “I’m just
looking around and taking advantage of the opportunity I have to visit
other schools. I don’t want to give my heart to USC when I really
haven’t seen what else is out there.”
While schools like Arizona State, UCLA, Fresno State and Arizona have
been in involved in his recruitment at different points in the year,
only two other schools besides Washington State stand out.
“I’m not sure where else I’ll go (for a visit),” said Mason. “I know
I’m not visiting UCLA. The recruiting with them sort of fell off. I’m
still talking with Arizona State and Fresno State. I’m just waiting to
see what happens.”
Trojan commit taking his first trip
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