LAKE WORTH, Fla. -- Tre Mason doesn’t tell a lot of people about his dad.
Mason and his mother were all smiles at his press conference Wednesday.
It’s not because he’s not proud. His face lights up when he talks about his father, Vincent, who is a member of the Grammy-winning rap group De La Soul.
It’s because his father, known as DJ Maseo, doesn’t want his success to overshadow his son.
“I don’t really tell anybody because my dad says this is my chance to shine,” Mason said.
Only a high school senior at Park Vista in Lake Worth, Fla., Mason is already becoming a star in his own right. But his stage is on the football field.
After a standout career for the Cobras, Mason announced Wednesday that he would be signing with Auburn.
“My dad first started DJ’ing when he was six years old and that’s what he’s loved doing for the rest of his life,” Mason said. “And that’s my goal. I just want to be able to be successful doing what I love.
“I’m actually reaching my dreams and goals right now by being an Auburn Tiger.”
Auburn assistant Curtis Luper recognized Mason’s father right away. He had grown up listening to his music and the two hit it off the first time they met.
“Him and Coach Luper are pretty tight,” Mason said. “Ever since Coach Luper came to my house. They kicked it for a little bit and they were just talking about all sorts of things outside of football. It just felt like family from the start.”
Mason’s father was performing in Atlanta and couldn’t be at Wednesday’s announcement but his mother, Tina, and grandmother, Harriet Neal were there. But it was two nights before, when he talked through the plusses and minuses of both Auburn and Ole Miss with his parents, that Mason made the decision to be a Tiger.
“My parents told me that this decision is my decision,” he said. “They want me to make the decision that’s best for me because I’m going to have to grow up somewhere and start making my own decisions.
“Auburn is definitely where I want to be. I had such a great time and I love their coaching staff and the players. Everybody has the drive to win another National Championship.”