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Two of the nation’s top high school quarterbacks will be on the same field in Georgia on Friday.

It’s Gainesville’s Blake Sims (committed to Alabama) vs. Flowery Branch’s Connor Shaw (South Carolina). Gainesville is ranked No. 1 in Class AAA, while Flowery Branch was last year’s state runner-up.

How rare is this QB showdown between Sims vs. Shaw? “I was talking to an old friend who used to recruit for Ohio State,” Gainesville coach Bruce Miller said. “He said he’d go through entire states without seeing a major-college quarterback … and to see two of them from the same county (Hall County) in the same game is something special.”

Here’s the tale of the tape between the QBs:

> Size: Sims had a growth spurt over the summer and stands at 6-foot-1 and 190 pounds, while Shaw has a nice frame at 6-2, 200. Both will have to add muscle before playing in the SEC. Advantage: None.

> Statistics: Sims has passed for 1,402 yards and rushed for 449 yards, while scoring 31 total TDs. Shaw has 2,016 yards passing and 584 yards rushing, along with 37 TDs. Advantage: None.


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> Accuracy: Both have only three interceptions. Sims has completed 62-percent of his passes, while Shaw — clearly the biggest improvement of his game since last year — is at an astounding 73-percent. Advantage: Shaw.

> Speed: Sims can score from anywhere on the field with his legs, even returning a punt for TD. Sims averages 7.7 yards on QB keepers. Shaw has deceptive speed, and his “dual threat” athleticism is revered by Steve Spurrier. Advantage: Sims

> Style: Both play in spread offenses and can scramble, which causes major problems for defensive secondaries. When rolling out, Sims is often encouraged by his coach to run — if there’s space, while Shaw tends to wait a little longer for WRs to get open. Advantage: None.

South Carolina-bound Connor Shaw (left) has completed a whopping 73-percent of his passes in 2009 (AJC).

South Carolina-bound Connor Shaw (left) has completed a whopping 73-percent of his passes in 2009 (AJC).

> Clutch: Sims hasn’t been tested yet, rarely playing after halftime, as Gainesville has won by an average of 42 points. Shaw threw the game-winning TD pass on the last play of the game vs. West Forsyth. Advantage: Shaw.

> Castmates: Sims has WR Tai-Ler Jones (Notre Dame), and if not the state’s best defense, then perhaps the No. 1 LB duo with A.J. Johnson (Tennessee) and Thomas Sprague. Shaw has sophomore RB Imani Cross (976 yards rushing). Advantage: Sims

Who is your pick for Georgia’s top QB? Gainesville’s Blake Sims? Flowery Branch’s Connor Shaw? Lassiter’s Hutson Mason? North Gwinnett’s C.J. Uzomah? Who else you would throw in there? Please make your choice below.

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November 5th, 2009
5:45 am

Sims will not play QB at UA, he will be move to WR or DB, they are have a better one on the team and are bringing in a higher rated. They do not run the spread. His speed is what they want. Ga does not produce many high rated QBs.


November 5th, 2009
6:07 am

out of these two i would say Shaw. he is the real QB. Sims seems to be an atlete which works in high school but as he moves to college he will have to be able to throw. next year NG’s quarterback c.j. Uzomah will be recognized as the best

RB's Rule

November 5th, 2009
8:07 am

Hutson Mason is one of the best quarterbacks I have ever seen play the game with that fast pace no huddle spread offense of Lassiter


November 5th, 2009
9:07 am

Hutson Mason — rush him and he will find the hot receiver. Drop 9 and he will use his legs and run for 10 yards.

Mike and Brenda

November 5th, 2009
9:13 am

The best quarteback on the” Georgia high school planet” is Connor Shaw ! “Rocket Arm” and “Tons of Talent.” We think that the University of South Carolina and Coach Spurrier are getting a future ALL SEC QUARTERBACK !! P.S.–MICHAEL, Brenda thinks you’re sooo cute !!


November 5th, 2009
9:13 am

Tim, I have been hearing a lot about Hutson Mason, what grade is he in?

What up?

November 5th, 2009
9:31 am

Between those 2 definitely Shaw.

In the state I gotta go with Hutson Mason at Lassiter. Passed for over 3,000 yards so far this year and is on pace to break the state record in a season in their 1st playoff game, has 36 TDs to 3 INTs and has a completion pergentage of 75% or so.


November 5th, 2009
9:38 am

HUTSON MASON of LASSITER HIGH SCHOOL is the best QUARTERBACK in GEORGIA. This man is on course to break all of GEORGIA PASSING RECORD and you left him off because you like SIMS and SHAW. Both players are good quarterbacks , but HUTSON MASON is a excellent quarterback.

Michael Carvell

November 5th, 2009
10:16 am

I’m a strong proponent for Lassiter QB Hutson Mason. Who knows? Not only could he end up being Georgia’s top QB (I’m going to wait until after the playoffs to think about that more), he also could be Georgia’s top overall player. Unfortunately for Hutson, ,at least up until now, many college scouts view him a “product of the system” with his coach’s offense, which is unfair but it is what it is. I think if Hutson performs very well vs. Roswell, and then has a couple of good showings in the state playoffs, then he will be difficult for the ACC/SEC schools to ignore. I really think are going to close fast and furious with Hutson and colleges over the next few months.

What up?

November 5th, 2009
10:24 am

I agree Michael. I have seen him a few times in person at games the past couple eyars and he can make the throws, but is smart and in games takes what teams give him. If a deeper pass is open he takes it, but when that covered most of the time he is more than content to dump it off for a screen or something to keep the clock moving and chains moving.


November 5th, 2009
11:16 am

Hutson Mason in the best Quarterback in the state.

cane fan

November 5th, 2009
11:27 am

watch out for CALEB NOBLES sophmore has thrown for over a 1000 yds this year and they run the wing-t offense, very accurate, comp over 60+% of passes and does have some speed.

Darlene Henson

November 5th, 2009
11:59 am

Huston Mason has impressed me last few games with his arm strength. Throwing on the run. His accuracy is pinpoint. To watch him in the pocket and look over entire field, then make a decision is something few qb’s can do. This guy does not get rattled. Only thing that hurt Hutson was not playing sophmore year.

Trojan Man

November 5th, 2009
12:11 pm

Hutson Mason is the best in the state period. When you throw for 545 yds in a single game which is more then some teams throw for in an entire season, you have to put him on the top of the list for GAHS QBs. He can make any throw and the questions about his arm strength are B.S. Sims will never play a down at Bama as a qb and Spurrier will transform Shaw into a int machine like his current qbs.


November 5th, 2009
12:44 pm



November 5th, 2009
12:54 pm

washington high qb he can run and throw cofield would have got the best out of him


November 5th, 2009
1:18 pm

The young Butler who is a freshman at Darlington will be the best. He is already better than Nash Nance, the senior who left for Calhoun.

sweet james jones

November 5th, 2009
1:27 pm

Miles Gooch of Towers should get some mention. 1814 yards passing 16 tds 6 ints, and 280 yards rushing 8 tds.


November 5th, 2009
1:39 pm

Pat Taylor QB,Peach Co 9-0 #2 in AAA

Patrick Taylor, Peach County 96-157-3 1,376 yds 10 TDs
61 % completion , and PC has went back to a more ground oriented attack this year.


November 5th, 2009
2:46 pm

Who is YOUR pick for Georgia’s top QB?(High School).I like both,(Blake Sims,and Conner Shaw).Each one has proved he can play high school QB. Both look like he’s coachable. So for some people it comes from having coach them,played with them,seened them play,seened one play not the other,or for what reason YOU just do not like one. WHAT’S YOUR REASON? We all are blessed,so with that i wish both the best,and just keep your FAITH in GOD with him everything is possible.


November 5th, 2009
3:11 pm

Devin Burns-Carver-Columbus. University of MAryland Bound


November 5th, 2009
3:34 pm

why are none of these players going to uga….we loose 2 many great players 2 other schools…thanks cmr

former dawg

November 5th, 2009
3:36 pm

I think you need stop and relize the facts here. Blake will never play qb at bama. If you look in his picture with Coach Saban he looks to be only about an inch taller than him, and i dont think Saban is any where close to 6ft. Connor Shaw mihgt have hte strongest arm in the state there is no doubt about that but when youre talking about the BEST I repeat BESt qb in the state. Is there really a question about this one? Its Hutson Mason. The kid has broke more records than any player in the state and usually when you brake records that means ur pretty good. He plays in 5A football the largest and hardest class in the state. Yet he is still putting up numbers like its a joke. 3086 yards 35 tds 3int at 73% completion rate and yet there is a question who is the best Qb in the state. The offers will come for Mr. Mason I gurantee that. I would hate to see the kid get cheated out of this one.


November 5th, 2009
3:48 pm

I Gotta go with Hutson Mason and another guy not too many people know about. Kent Rollins of South Gwinnett. he has been a huge difference on this team and has propelled them to a 9-1 record. look for them to beat some good teams in the playoffs


November 5th, 2009
3:56 pm

I hate that this team is in the smallish Single A but Wesleyan’s Connor Welton is something special to watch. He’s incredibly accurate with a strong arm and great legs as he continues to dominate in Single A running Wesleyan’s spread offense. As you may know, his father was a DB on the Georgia national championship many years ago. I would love to see them play against Buford and some of the other power house programs.

Doc Reem

November 5th, 2009
4:12 pm

Haven’t seen Hutson Mason but I have seen Martay Mattox for Clake Central High School in Athens, GA. This kid is an impressive dual threat QB and is only a Jr. He accounted for 6 TD’s in his most recent game. And has accounted for 4 or 5 TD’s in several games this season. Roughly 23 Overall TD’s 12 passing 13 rushing w/ only 2 INT’s.

qb coach

November 5th, 2009
4:27 pm

I have seen Sims, Shaw and Mason. Three different kinds of qb’s. If Spurrier has chosen Shaw, then I would guess he is probably the best of those three to transition to the SEC. Spurrier is pretty good at knowing who the best qb’s are. He picked Conner Shaw and I think that says a lot.


November 5th, 2009
4:55 pm

You guys are sleeping on Miles Gooch from Towers High. He is a beast. Miles Gooch of Towers should get some mention. 1814 yards passing 16 tds 6 ints, and 280 yards rushing 8 tds. This kid is a diamond that will sparkle with on the collegiate level. Someone is going to get a steal!!!!!!!!!


November 5th, 2009
10:03 pm


Stephenson alumni

November 5th, 2009
11:52 pm

U guys say Shaw just because he is white and white guys usually can play QB. But Sims is the next Armanti Edwards from app state


November 6th, 2009
9:05 am



November 6th, 2009
9:51 am


Northside Observer

November 6th, 2009
9:53 am

Sweet James Jones, DA General, Great to see Towers HS during so well. Their Coach, Jonathan (Chip) Sanks and assistant coach, Cory Harris (former NFL player)are both graduates of Northside High School Warner Robins Ga. I would love to see Gooch play.

Sweet James Jones

November 6th, 2009
10:15 am

Northside Observer,
He is something to watch when he’s on and to think, he’s playing behind the smallest line in the State and still has delivered numbers. I’ve been to 3 games this year and everytime I’m impressed. I sure hope he gets a chance to play D1 somewhere next year. With the time a college coach can put in with him I’m sure he’s going to be better than he is now. Coach Sanks seems to have done a great job with his team this year. They are much better than they were last year. MUCH BETTER. My hat goes off to him.

Sweet James Jones

November 6th, 2009
10:28 am

Northside Observer,
He is something to watch when he’s on and to think, he’s playing behind the smallest line in the State and still has delivered numbers. He’s got to be 6′3″ 220lbs and has a rocket for an arm. He makes throws that are NFL calibar. I’ve been to 3 games this year and everytime I’m impressed. I sure hope he gets a chance to play D1 somewhere next year. With the time a college coach can put in with him I’m sure he’s going to be better than he is now. Coach Sanks seems to have done a great job with his team this year. They are much better than they were last year. MUCH BETTER. My hat goes off to him


November 6th, 2009
10:59 am

Miles Gooch ffrom Towers High School is the best quarterback in the state but you all dont give him credit because because you all downplay him because he goes to Towers…
Look him up and you will see how good of a quarterback he is and plus he runs a 4.5 n the forty an is tall and strong

Towers Coach

November 6th, 2009
1:05 pm

Towers VS Cedar Grove, Miles Gooch was good very good but what was so impressive was that freshman from Cedar Grove JOHNATHON MCCRARY WOW!!


November 6th, 2009
1:07 pm

Haven’t seen Sims or Shaw play. I have seen Mason play 3 times. He is calm in the pocket doesn’t get rattled and will throw the ball away/out of bounds if nothing is avaialable. 35 TD’s to 3 INT’s that stat is unbelieveable. Can make all the passes. His overall demeanor and decison making is second to none. He is the real deal.


November 6th, 2009
2:53 pm

“Both will have to add muscle before playing in the SEC.”
News flash! Playing QB as a small guy is not advantageous, no matter what conference you play in! Bradford, who is a little thin, took a shot from a MWC player, came back only to take another big hit from a BIG XII player to end his season. This is college football. EVERYBODY HITS!! It doesn’t hurt to have a little meat on your bones, no matter where you play.


November 6th, 2009
2:56 pm



November 6th, 2009
5:24 pm

As a graduate of Gainesville High and former football player, I have to dismiss by bias and say Sims! Hands down!! Who cares what position he plays in college, that wasn’t the question! We are talking about right now! Sims gets it done hands down! Shaw has palyed from behind alot this year and mainly because of his inability to keep drives going when plays break down! Sims will run it or throw it! WE WILL SEE TONIGHT!!!!!!!!


November 6th, 2009
7:44 pm

Shaw, no doubt about it.


November 6th, 2009
11:15 pm

I have seen Mason play in 5 games at Lassiter this year, and have never seen a high school quarterback like him before. That offense is unbelievable – scored 42 on previously undefeated Roswell tonight..


November 6th, 2009
11:16 pm

Hutson mason is the best QB – think he will be a great college player.


November 7th, 2009
12:01 am




November 7th, 2009
7:25 am

Looking to next year, Timmy Byerly at Chattahoochee definitely is on the radar. Just a Junior this year,in one of the toughest Regions, he rushed for 17 TDs and passed for 11 TDs. First Chattahoochee QB to ever rush AND pass for over 1,000 yards in the same season…and that was done through 9 games. With most of his solid O-Line returning next year, and a probable move to AAAA for Hooch, it could be a great story.

burke county 1 fan

November 7th, 2009
8:01 am


burke county 1 fan

November 7th, 2009
8:02 am



November 7th, 2009
2:35 pm

Hutson Mason not only the best qb in the state but he should win mr. football for Georgia. I gurantee he will get several big offers before it is all done. He is the best qb i have ever seen play and i am not lying one bit. The kid is 6′3 and is very elusive. 39 tds and 3int Micheal is this really a question who is the best qb. Stats dont lie?

Marietta Fan

November 7th, 2009
4:17 pm

i just would like to hear what people think of trent thompson from McEachern. He is only a 10th grader and is doing a heak of a job there also deondre purnell is doing a good job to. Like i said just wanted to here thoughts but my pick for the best QB is Mason he knows how to run his offense and can make plays. He gets my vote.