Juco OL commits to Dawgs

When he visited Washington back in December, he was sold on everything about the Washington football program. The problem was the Husky coaching staff wasn't necessarily sold on him. Things change though, and Tuesday night Santa Monica Junior College OL Aaron Mason received an offer and decided to become a Husky, but only after a tumultuous month and a half.

"If (Washington) had offered me on my visit there I would have committed," a happy Mason told Dawgman.com on Wednesday evening. "But I didn't think I had a future there so I decided to commit to Wyoming when I visited there, because Nebraska dropped me and they were my only offer at that point and I didn't want to pass up a scholarship I had waiting.

"Then this past weekend I visited Colorado and committed there, but that was before I met with coach (Tyrone) Willingham and coach (Eric) Yarber last night."

A phone call from the Husky coaches on Monday morning proved to be fortuitous, as Mason set up a visit, and his family hosted the Husky head coach and receivers coach on Tuesday night.

Mason committed to them on the spot.

"Washington has always been my number-one school, but since they didn't offer I started looking at other places," Mason said. "When they met with my mom and me, I should have just held off, because playing in the Pac 10 has been my dream and I know that Washington is the best place for me.

"When I committed they were happy, but they pretty much knew that I would commit to them if they offered me."

Apparently Willingham and Yarber had their typical effect on Mason's mother.

"My mom made the choice more than I did," Mason said with a laugh. "(Willingham) is such a great man and from where he's come from to work his way up to being one of them most respected coaches in the country, that just means a lot to me and to her.

"This is it for me. Washington was my number-one school and Washington is where I want to be."

Mason said he is up to 267 pounds and was measured at 6-4 ½ recently. He said he is confident he will be able to add the bulk necessary to play at the Pac 10 level, but said there have been discussions about him moving to a different position if things don't work out.

Whatever happens, Washington now has a player many pundits say has the skills, feet and attitude to play at the next level. Mason will have three years to play two and is leaning towards majoring in psychology when he arrives on campus.

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