Where 4-star Taeon Mason stands on WSU, USC

AFTER HIS OFFICIAL VISIT to Pullman this past weekend, Pasadena's Taeon Mason says he has a lot to think about. Mason, a four-star prospect out of Muir High who could play cornerback or receiver at the next level, has long been a USC verbal pledge but he's now deciding between two Pac-12 schools - Southern Cal and Washington State. Here's what he told Cougfan.com ...

Mason, who checks in at 6-0, 170-pounds, said the decision between the two schools is a close one. He is classified by Scout.com as a wide receiver, ranked No. 45 nationally and No. 13 in the West. But his best position at the next level may well be cornerback.

Mason had been verbally committed to USC since February before taking an official visit to Washington State for the Apple Cup. He has been offered this recruiting cycle by WSU, USC, UW, UCLA, Arizona State, Arizona, Oregon State, Colorado as well as Notre Dame.

CF.C: What are the chances you ultimately end up at Washington State?
Mason: "I'm not sure yet because I'm just weighing my options right now. It's down to Washington State and USC right now... The only other school (besides WSU)that I have offers from that I'm really talking to is USC, which I am (verbally) committed to."

CF.C: What sticks out to you about USC, what makes them attractive?
Mason: "The fact that they make me feel I'm already family and that I'm close to everyone already."

CF.C: What impressed you the most on your visit to Pullman?
Mason: "It was just the bond I had with the players and the coaches, and also the nice facilities and the conversation I had with the (academics) counselor."

CF.C: What did you think of the new facilities?
Mason: "They were great. I really liked them. They look good. It was a great experience for me."

CF.C: Do you have timetable for your decision?
Mason: "I'm just waiting to see what it comes down to. It's just out of those two schools, and if I do get offers from any other schools."

CF.C: How important is it to you to stay close to home?
Mason: "It's really not a big deal to me. I'm not really worried about going far or staying close. I'm comfortable with leaving for right now, but I'm not really sure. It's not a big deal to me."

CF.C: What are your thoughts on the coaches at WSU vs. USC?
Mason: "I really can't compare them. Both coaching staffs are great. I have a good bond with both, but I have a better bond with the USC coaching staff. I've been around them longer, and talking to more than I've talked to the Washington State coaches."

CF.C: How important is early playing time?
Mason: "It's where I'm going to get my degree, so I want to be able to get smarter, in class and on the field. I just want to better myself as a player and a student."

CF.C: Where do you think you fit position-wise at WSU and at USC?
Mason: "At Washington State, I would fit in good at defensive back but I also play receiver so I would probably be a good fit there too...(USC said) defensive back and receiver, so I'm not really sure."

CF.C: Do you have any family in college football?
Mason: "I have a cousin from USC, Steven Mitchell, and I also have a super close friend, like almost a brother to me on USC also, and that's Kevon Seymour."

CF.C: How important are they to you making your decision?
Mason: "It has nothing to do with them. It's more where I fit in best because I'm not going to be there all the years that I am in college with them, so I think (about) in the future where I would fit in best."

Keith Harrington and Barry Ware hosted Mason on his visit to Washington State.

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