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story.lead_photo.caption Chad Morris, the new University of Arkansas head football coach, calls the hogs with fans as he is introduced during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017 in Fayetteville, Ark. (AP Photo/Michael Woods)

Arkansas’ Joe Craddock made a strong impression on Mississippi State safety commitment Myles Mason is a very short time.

Craddock, who was the offensive coordinator at SMU, visited Hewitt-Trussville High School in Alabama on Thursday and extended an offer to Mason and was able to convince him to officially visit Fayetteville this weekend.

“It just kind of happened,” Mason said. “That was the first time I talked to him on Thursday when he came to the school. All of this is new.”

Mason said Craddock was upfront with him.

“He just seems like a real person,” Mason said. “He kept it one hundred with me. He had a nice vibe to him.”

He was glad he made the trip to checkout the Razorbacks.

“It was great, this was my first time up here so it was great to meet the coaches and also to see the facilities they have,” Mason said.

Mason, 6-2, 205, 4.4 has scholarship offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Louisville, Tennessee and others. He said the visit to Fayetteville helped the Hogs in trying to flip him.

“Yes it did, I think it did,” Mason said. “First I’ve never been here before so it was great to meet everybody and see everything.”

He recorded 41 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 2 pass breakups and a forced fumble this season while missing four games after having a knee scoped for torn cartilage and a chipped bone. Mason said he felt a good vibe with the other members of the Arkansas staff during his trip.

“This is my first time meeting them,” Mason said. “I got a good vibe with them. They seem like player coaches. They all seem sincere about everything.”

Former Shiloh Christian Coach Josh Floyd, who is now the coach at Hewitt-Trussville, has spoken well of Arkansas. Mason is unsure if he’ll sign during the early signing period from Dec. 20-22 or Feb. 7.

“Right now, I don’t know,” Mason said. “But I’ll think about more when I get back home and talk about it with my family.”

He still considers himself a Bulldog pledge.

“Yes, right now I’m still committed to Mississippi State,” Mason said.

Mason doesn’t have a firm timeline for a decision.

“Right now, not as of now,” he said. “I’m just taking one day at a time.”

He’s undecided if he’ll visit any schools in January.

“I’m not sure, it depends if I sign in the early signing period,” Mason said.

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