Miles Makes the Call

2011 JC Offensive Lineman Miles Mason decides to head to Utah...

Miles Mason is glad that the recruiting process is over and he'll be headed to the Pac 12 to play his college football. The junior college offensive lineman out of El Camino College in El Camino Real, California made his commitment known Monday after making his final official visit to San Diego State over the weekend.

"I just came back from my last visit this weekend and I've decided I'm committed to Utah."

Mason made his visit earlier this month and was impressed with everything Utah had to offer.

"On my visit I got to meet a lot with Coach Chow. He took an interest in me at the beginning of the season when he was with UCLA. He called me and said that he still had an interest in me coming to Utah. When I cam out to visit I had a great time. I liked the players that I spent time with and I liked the coaching staff. I liked the way they practice and they way that they run the practices. I just had a great time and I liked it a lot."

Despite the visit to Utah, Mason still had one official visit remaining to San Diego State and wanted to make sure he explored all avenues before making a commitment.

"I was feeling Utah, but I still wanted to take the trip to San Diego State to see if they had something better to offer, but after the trip my heart was with Utah."

With a lack of immediate depth on the offensive line, with the many lineman going both ways in the spring game, a chance to come in and play right away was a big draw for Mason.

"I played left tackle my sophomore my year and left guard my freshman year, but the coaches are bringing me in at left guard. They said that I can come in right away and compete for a spot."

Once on campus, Mason plans on majoring in computer science, but still has a few more classes to finish up before he can sign his letter of intent.

"I'm just completing a few classes at El Camino and then I'll be enrolling for the second session of summer school at Utah in June so I can participate in summer workouts."

As has been the case with many recruits since accepting their invitation to the Pac 12, the Utes move to a bigger conference was instrumental in landing the services of the big man who also sported offers from SMU, Florida International, New Mexico, and Utah State.

"Utah going to the Pac 12 most definitely had an effect on my decision. I think that was one of the biggest things going for them."

The Southern California native also likes being in the same division as two schools that he'll be able play against on a yearly basis, with trips back home to play in front of loved ones.

"Having the chance to come back home to Southern California and play the likes of USC and UCLA in front of friends and family was a big selling point."

During the offseason Miles has continued to work out with his junior college team, staying in shape and improving his game to give himself the best opportunity to step on campus at Utah and win a starting spot.

"I've still been working out with the current El Camino squad, doing drills and conditioning, making sure I stay in shape. I want to be in great shape when I get to Utah."

Mason reports a height and weight of 6'4" and 320 pounds.

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