Mason Ready to Narrow the Focus

After rushing for over 3,000 yards and 44 touchdowns in two seasons for Park Vista High, running back Tre Mason is ready to focus more on the recruiting process and visits, including a potential journey to Wisconsin.

MADISON - While he has fielded scholarship offers from many Division 1 schools, Tre Mason has admittedly made very few visits.

The 2011 running back recruit has spent a good deal of time this summer training with his high school team, Park Vista (Fla.), but hasn't traveled to most of the 18 schools that have offered him, including Wisconsin.

As the Badgers have produced loads of talented running backs in recent years, Mason has naturally taken notice.

"I don't know too much about Wisconsin, but I've heard they do run the ball," said the 5-foot-9, 185-pound Mason to Badger Nation. "The last game I watched, when they played Miami, they beat Miami pretty bad."

The Badgers topped the Hurricanes 20-14 in last year's Champ Sports Bowl thanks to 121 yards from John Clay, whose 1,517 yards in 2009 gave Wisconsin a 1,000-yard rusher for the 15th time in 17 years.

"(Wisconsin's recent success) makes me more interested in the type of school because of course, I'm a running back, and I do want to get the ball and be able to make plays with the ball," said Mason, the 34th-best running back in the country and rated a three-star prospect by

While Mason remains undecided about his college choice, he hopes making a few more visits this summer – including a possible trip to Wisconsin – will help shape his verdict.

"I'm still kind of even right now," said Mason as to which schools are his frontrunners. "I'm just going to take a couple more visits. I haven't taken that many visits, so I'm just going to try to take some visits and see what other places are like, and I'll probably stop at Wisconsin."

Wherever he does choose to go, he knows two factors will play into his decision: Position stability and immediate playing time.

"Not being transferred in position (will factor into my decision) because I know some people asked me if I could play (defensive back) and stuff like that," Mason said. "I do want to just play running back. Also not having to redshirt or anything as a freshman. I know you have to work for playing time, but I don't want to have to redshirt."

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