Who is the state’s best quarterback?
Sometimes, the answers can be complicated, as if comparing apples to oranges. However, the GACA All-Star Game at 2 p.m. today in Columbus will give us some insight. Two of the nation’s top quarterbacks, UGA-bound Hutson Mason and South Carolina commitment Connor Shaw are both on the North roster.
Which QB will start? North coach Jimmy Dorsey isn’t saying. “We’ll probably flip a coin to decide who will start. They will both play equally, as we will try with all the kids on the roster.”
Mason set GHSA single-season records for passing yards (4,560) and touchdown passes (54) at Lassiter this past season. However, some have hinted that Mason is a “product of the system” — referring to Lassiter’s high-octane, spread offense.
Dorsey disagrees. “I’ll tell you what. He can deliver it very well. He’s got a quick release, and is extremely accurate as a high school quarterback. I know it’s easy for some to say it was the system that really made him very successful, but this young man can make all the throws. He’s very talented.”
Meanwhile, Shaw oversaw one of the Cinderella stories of this year’s playoffs, leading Flowery Branch to the Class AAA semifinals. He threw for 3,036 yards and 30 touchdowns.
“He’s a little but more of a runner (than Mason),” Dorsey said. “He throws the ball extremely well, and he’s a very elusive runner. He runs more like a running back, but still has passing finesse. He’s very talented, too.”
In the defense of both quarterbacks, they both will be directing an unfamiliar offense, the Wing-T formation. Mason and Shaw have shared QB duties during the five practices. Dorsey said he will also use the shotgun to take advantage of high-powered arms.
This is one of the best quarterback crops in years in Georgia, which is better known for producing running backs.
Gainesville’s Blake Sims must also be considered in any “Best QB” discussion, while the hottest name is Wilcox County’s Nick Marshall. But Nick is just a junior.
Who is your pick for the state’s top QB? State your case below.