AUBURN – Through a long and nerve-wracking summer, Tre Mason worked alone. He lifted weights at a gym near his Lake Worth, Fla., home, ran at a nearby park and waited.
Freshman running back Tre Mason
“It was very hard,” Mason said. “I was anxious. I did everything I could to get better by myself, lift weights and run. Everything they do here, I tried to do at home.”
Mason was one of the South’s top running back prospects at Park Vista High School. He chose Auburn over a plethora of offers. Finally, he got the word for which he had waited for so long. He had made the required test score. He would play football for Auburn. He joined his teammates when preseason camp started on Wednesday.
There was a time when Mason wondered if he was going to make it. He worked and listened to the music that has been part of his life since birth. His father, Vincent, better known as D.J. Maseo of the Grammy-nominated hip-hop group De La Soul.
But more than the words of the songs, Mason thought of his father’s words to him.
“My dad always told me to put your mind wherever you want to be in life and go hard at it because anything is possible,” Mason said.
Mason knows exactly where he wants to be.
“I couldn’t wait to get here,” Mason said. “I just wanted to do whatever I can to help the team out and try to win another title.”
Mason will have an opportunity. He will compete with junior Anthony Gulley Morgan for playing time behind sophomore Mike Dyer and junior Onterio McCalebb. Freshman Quan Bray is playing wide receiver, but he could move to running back if needed.
“It’s friendly competition,” Mason said. “Everybody wants to get their playing time. That’s the coaches’ decision. I’m going to do my best to help the team.”
He’ll still listen to music, but Mason says he’ll leave singing it to his father.
“Music is my dad’s forte,” Mason said. “He’s an artist. I love football.”