FORT WORTH, Texas – Just a few weeks ago, former Flower Mound Marcus running back Rufus Mason was already at a summer camp at Trinity Valley Junior College, where he will play football in the fall, with the glory of a 2028-yard high school senior season behind him.
Summer conditioning quickly turned into training again for full-contact football when Mason received a text message that said he had really great news.
That great news was that Mason had been selected as a fill-in for the Texas High School Coaches Association football All-Star Game on Tuesday at Cowboys Stadium.
“It’s an honor just to be selected in the All-Star Game," he said. "It’s a great feeling. I was happy to just be nominated and be a late selection. I’m glad I’m here and hopefully I can prove to the people that are watching that I deserve to be here.”
Mason said his high school coach, Bryan Erwin, was very actively involved with promoting Mason to the selection committee that included coaches Joe McBride from Coppell and Rodney Webb from Mesquite Horn.
Webb, the committeeman in charge of selecting 5A players to the North squad, said Mason has had an extra spark in the practices leading up to the game, which made him very interested to see what the power back will do in Cowboys Stadium.
“He’s obviously a guy we missed on a little bit because from day one he’s been one of the most impressive guys out there,” Webb said. “We’ve really enjoyed watching him.”
Before Mason was even ready to grasp the idea of playing in an NFL stadium, he had to get past the excitement from practicing on an NCAA Division I field at TCU and, of course, the endless amount of food available to the players in the TCU cafeteria.
When Mason hits the field Tuesday night, he said he’ll reach a whole new level of excitement that won’t compare to a college practice and a full stomach.
“I just want to put on a show,” Mason said.
* Former Denton Ryan running back and A&M Commerce commit Kaylon Alexander will not play Tuesday due to health issues involving his kidneys. Alexander said he became very dehydrated during practices leading up to the All-Star game and was taken to the hospital to get IVs, but would find out through blood work that his kidneys were not functioning properly. Both Alexander and McBride said with a few days rest Alexander would be healthy again and ready to start practices in Commerce.
* Former Aledo cornerback Rylan Riney is getting a chance to be a big man on the football field again after spending time since May gaining a spot as a preferred walk on at Texas A&M. Riney said he will play safety for the Aggies, joining a standout running back with the same last name, DeSoto's Cyrus Gray.
“Just to be down there with those group of guys, it’s going to be a great year for that team and I’m looking forward to help out however I can,” Riney said.