4-star Mason decommitting from USC, eyes WSU

TAEON MASON TELLS Cougfan.com he is decommitting from USC. The 6-0, 170-pounder out of Pasadena says he had a great in-home with the Washington State coaches on Monday. How great?

Mason, the two-way standout at Muir High, said Washington State is his new leader following the in-home.

Mike Leach, area recruiter Ken Wilson, outside receivers coach Dennis Simmons and new defensive coordinator and secondary coach Alex Grinch visited with Mason on Monday.

“It was great… they were here for at least an hour. They just talked about how much they want me… we just talked about the visit I took up there and what was going on,” said Mason.

Mason said he did not plan on “immediately” pledging to another school following his decommitment from Southern Cal but it also didn’t sound as if he was going to wait too long.

“I don’t have any exact time or exact day,” said Mason. “(We talked) about it last night. They were saying, ‘We want you to get on board,’ because they really want me (and) ‘We just want you to get in here so you can have your spot.’ It certainly won’t be a while. I’ve just been thinking (on it.)”

Mason said he would be calling USC to decommit after school on Tuesday but told Cougfan.com it was okay to publish this article now.

“I just felt like the bond was breaking a little bit, we weren’t as close, I just felt that would be the right move,” said Mason. “I’m going to call… Coach (Keith) Heyward, my recruiter from USC, that I’ll be decommitting and just thank him for recruiting me.”

Mason is classified by Scout.com as a wide receiver, ranked No. 47 nationally and No. 13 in the West. But his best position at the next level may well be cornerback. He said WSU likes him at either/or and he doesn’t have a preference.

Mason had been verbally committed to USC since February before taking an official visit to Washington State for the Apple Cup. His Scout.com page lists offers this recruiting cycle from WSU, USC, UW, UCLA, Arizona State, Arizona, Oregon State, Colorado as well as Notre Dame.

Mason had 24 receptions for 569 yards and eight touchdowns this season, along with two rushing touchdowns and a kick return for score. Defensive stats were not immediately available at press time

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