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Source: Tijuan Mason to commit to Rutgers

Defensive end Tijuan Mason is headed to Rutgers.Twitter

Rutgers is set to add a very big piece to their recruiting class as one of the top remaining defensive ends in the nation is ready to commit to the Scarlet Knights.

Metro New York has learned that defensive end Tijaun Mason will commit to Rutgers Tuesday night, a source close to the program tells the paper. The No. 31 player in Tennessee according to Rivals.com, the three-star defensive lineman also had offers from Purdue and North Carolina State and had Toledo as a finalist alongside Rutgers.

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He took an official visit to Rutgers this past weekend which re-affirmed his decision to commit to Rutgerst. His announcement is expected to be made official via social media.

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Coming up in middle school, watching how recruitment and signing day is formed inspired me. Coming into my freshman year I was told I don't have what it takes to play on the next level .i was 5'8 and 135 lbs. at the time. My sophomore year i shot up to 6'3 playing wide receiver then junior year I was 6'5 210lbs , Punished every team we played and colleges started to come in . i

I announced my Top 2 weeks ago: Rutgers and Toledo; with that being Said I will continue my career at Rutgers University , I choose Rutgers because I have a great connection with the players and coaches; I love the facility and Academic Center (I will major in Business Management) .

[Last week] I had a great Time on the official visit going bowling playing laser tag with the coaches. I built a phenomenal relationship with coach Jay Niemann and coach Collin Bauer. I want to thank coach Shane Burnham for recruiting me - he's a great coach and person , it felt like we were best friends .

My father is comfortable with them on taking care of me for the next four years . I would like to thank all the people who was in my corner from the start .

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I'm shutting down my recruitment , I’m 100 percent Rutgers. Thank you .

This past summer, Mason had originally committed to Big Ten rival Purdue before eventually reopening his college search.

Mason checks in at a long 6-foot-6-inches and 220 pounds. A senior at Trezevant High school in Memphis, Tennessee,he is a two-time All-State selection.

Click here for Mason's high school highlights.

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