Posted by Bryan Fischer
A key cog in Auburn’s run to the national championship – someone not named Cam Newton – was freshman running back Michael Dyer. The presence of a young, impact running back was considered by some to scare off potential recruits at the position in the class of 2011.
Lake Worth (FL) running back Tre Mason apparently doesn’t mind at all after committing to the Tigers Wednesday afternoon, reports the Palm Beach Post. Rated as a four-star back by most recruiting services, Mason chose Auburn over Ole Miss and LSU and is the second running back in the class of 2011 to head to the Plains.
A 5-foot-10, 190 pound speedster out of the backfield, Mason rushed for over 1,600 yards and 24 touchdowns last season at Park Vista High. Mason’s college choice has attracted a lot of attention from media outlets over the past month or so but despite all the attention, he’ll still be the second-most famous member of his own family.
Mason’s father is best known as the musician D.J. Maseo from the hip-hop group De La Soul. Producing hits such as Me, Myself and I and contributing to the 2005 hit Feel Good Inc. with the Gorillaz, D.J. Maseo has been making hits while his son will soon take them at the college level. De La Soul’s most recent material was released on iTunes as part of the Nike+ Sport Music series but with his son now bound for Under Armour-affiliated Auburn, he just might have to come out with a new album as a result.