Trojan commit taking his first trip

Muir two-way star Taeon Mason had 24 receptions for 569 yards and eight touchdowns for the Mustangs this season. He also had two rushing touchdowns and a kick return for a touchdown.

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 somewhat vague.

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 school game.

“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 commit.

“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 excuse.”

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.”

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