Waxahachie’s Gary Mason did not waste any time in making his decision on where he wanted to play college football.

While fielding offers from the likes of Kansas, SMU and North Texas, Mason decided to go with the school that has been there since the beginning — Baylor.

“That’s where I felt most comfortable,” Mason said. “They kept in contact with me and showed me a lot of love.”

Baylor, which wants Mason to play outside linebacker, and other colleges began showing interest in Mason during the spring.

There was no set timetable for a decision to be made, but Mason is glad it is out of the way.

“It’s a good thing,” Mason said of committing before his senior year. “Now I can focus on football and school.”

Last year Waxahachie had two players sign with Division I schools and Mason is the first to do so this year.

The senior knows and accepts the fact that being a Division I recruit brings higher expectations.

“I know I have to step up,” he said. “This is my year to be a leader.”

Although Mason is headed to Baylor for football, he would love the chance to play basketball for the Bears as well.

He started for the Indians’ varsity as a freshman and junior after sitting out his sophomore year with an injury.

“It was hard, I love playing basketball,” Mason said of choosing between the two sports. “If they let me play both while I’m there, I will.”

Most of the schools Mason were not far from Waxahachie, which was important to him.

“You always need family support,” he said. “It wouldn’t feel right without my family and friends being able to be there.”