Former Utes DB Mason Now at WLAC

When Utah visits the Rose Bowl to play UCLA on September 2nd, Matt Mason (5-10, 180) figured he'd be returning to Southern California to play in front of family and friends.

After signing with Utah in 2004, Mason was excited to play for Urban Meyer and the Utes and though he spent the Utes memorable undefeated season as a redshirt, he looked forward to his career with Utah.

But Meyer was hired away by Florida and Mason spent the 2005 season at odds with the Utes staff, coaches who hadn't recruited him.

"I didn't see eye to eye with my position coach," said Mason.  "I was recruited by Urban Meyer's staff and when he left Utah, it was hard for me."

So Mason returned back to California and he'll spend the 2006 season, his redshirt sophomore year, at West Los Angeles (Calif.) College.

"I love it at West L.A.," said Mason.  "It's a perfect showcase for me.  I couldn't see myself anywhere else.  Right now, I'm starting at corner and I'm on the first team at kick returner."

Having gone through the recruiting process already once before, Mason is more than ready to go through it again, and feels like he's got a better grasp of things this time around.

"I feel like my chances will be better and I'll have a better selection of schools," said Mason. 

While he has to receive an offer from any colleges, Louisiana Tech, UCLA, Colorado and Kansas have all been in contact.

Out of high school, Fresno State and Louisville had offered the former Bakersfield (Calif.) prospect.

"I wouldn't mind going to Fresno State at all," said Mason of returning to the Central Valley.

Mason said he was on scheduled to get his A.A and will have two years to play his final two seasons following the 2006 campaign.


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