Posted: 11:42 am Friday, January 28th, 2011
By Matt Porter
Park Vista running back Tre Mason, who Wednesday announced his commitment to Auburn, talks about committing, internet haters, and both old-school and crunk rap:
You could have waited until Signing Day. Why did you decide to commit and announce your choice yesterday?
Because I felt like it was the most respectful thing to do to the other colleges, and let them know the truth and how I actually felt. Because, I know that I had made my decision. It would be respectful to tell them straight up.
Was there ever a thought to play around and have some fun with your choice?
Nah. I felt like it was time to be mature and be respectful to the other coaches. I had a good relationship with the other coaches, and I wanted to be respectful to them.
What was your reaction to some of the players in previous classes who played around with their decision, built a little drama, threw a curveball on signing day?
Well, I know I would never do that. I know one of my friends, and you probably know him too, he was a little confused. He wasn’t really playing around. He was confused about where he wanted to go, and he had good relationships with both colleges. But he was just confused, and wanted to make the right decision for himself. I feel that whatever decision he makes is a good decision for him.
Is it scary to put yourself out there like that?
I’m 100 percent positive I want to be a Tiger. I feel so comfortable with the coaches. I feel like nothing will go wrong with the program that I picked because of the relationships I have with [head] Coach [Gene] Chizik, [running backs] Coach [Curtis] Luper … all the coaches. They’re spectacular. I feel like I made a great choice.
You’ve always been on Facebook and you have a lot of Facebook friends. Was it weird to see fans of colleges posting on your wall, telling you to come to their school?
No, I was kind of surprised that people looked at me as a … it was kind of … I don’t even know how to say it … Having fans already in high school is a great feeling, to me. I feel like, that just helps me more, the way the people are up there. When I went to Auburn, they were so welcoming. It’s a warm welcome when you go there. Some people have no idea who you are, and some people do, but the people who had no idea who I am had the same exact attitude as the people who knew me. That’s a great feeling, and people that I want to be around.
Ever wonder who the people are who post on your Facebook wall?
I mean, the type of person that I am, I have no problem meeting people, you know? I like people. I’m guess I’m a friendly person, and if you say hello to me I’m going to say hello back. If I see you I’ll just say hello. I’m not the type to put myself above anybody, I feel that I’m just equal to everyone else, and everybody who doesn’t play football is on the same level as me.
I read stories about how recruits get bombarded with messages from fans, and some are annoyed by it. You seem comfortable with it.
Kind of, yeah. I see that they are a fan of the college, and a fan of the other players too. And I mean, if they’re showing me love, why not show them love? My mom has always taught me, be a well-rounded person and be nice to people, no matter how they are to you. If someone’s mean to you, don’t ever come down to their level and be mean to them. Stay polite, stay true to who you are.
It was mostly love on your Facebook wall yesterday. Did anyone ever call you out and say you made a bad choice, or anything like that?
Yeah, I was looking on PBGametime and I know some people felt I made a bad choice, and the depth chart is too deep, but it’s really it’s only Michael Dyer and Onterio McCalebb. … When I look at people starting talking down on me, it makes me want to play even more, and it makes me want to prove them wrong.
There were some comments made during the season that you were overrated, beneficiary of a good line …
I was always the type of person like that. There will always be a hater in your life. You have to prove them wrong. My dad [Vincent Mason, better known as DJ Maseo of De La Soul] has always told me, there will always be naysayers, there will always be people talking down on you. Just take that as motivation and do your thing, and show out.
What are you listening to these days?
I listed to really everything because of my dad. He plays a lot of music, I listen to a lot of music in the house. He has his own studio in the house. I hear a lot of things. I like a wide variety of music. What I listen to is rap, I grew up with it, I’m always around it. I’m into the old school, and even to the new school. Right now my favorite rapper is probably Jay-Z.
New Jay or old?
Was there a song you’d always listen to before games? Something like [Waka Flocka Flame's] Hard in the Paint?
Oh yeah. I listen to Waka before the game. He just gives me that adrenaline. I listen to Lil’ Boosie, he gives me adrenaline before the game to get me ready.
What about your Dad’s stuff? Do you have a favorite song?
Nah, not really. I don’t have a favorite. I like all my dad’s music.