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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.

Connor Shaw picked South Carolina over playing QB with his older brother at Georgia Tech (AJC)

Connor Shaw picked South Carolina over playing QB with his older brother at Georgia Tech (AJC)

“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.

32 comments Add your comment

The Wilcox Wonder

December 29th, 2009
9:31 am

Nick Marshall is the best QB ive ever seen hands down. He has accuracy on the deep balls which is really uncommon in High School football


December 29th, 2009
10:27 am

Here’s another name to throw into the best quarterback in the state discussion, Burke County’s Terrell Brigham. He accounted for over 3100 yards of offense (over 1700 yards passing and over 1400 yards rushing) and 34 TDs. Terrell first 4 opponents who were all AAAA schools didn’t seem to phase him. He accomplished this after playing QB for the first time last year (another 1000 rushing 1000 passing season). He only played 11 games this season with less of a supporting cast than some of these other QBs. 4 more games and he would gave closed in on 4000 yds of offense. Check with the coaching staffs from Cairo(last season) and Carver Columbus if you need witness of his abil
ities. He’ll get his chance this afternoon to showcase his talents to the state. Go Terrell and go Big Blue!!!!

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December 29th, 2009
1:15 pm

Camden County player Dakota Dir has been selected as a semi-finalist for the High School Rudy Award. Dakota is the only player from the State of GA that has made it to the semi-finals. The winner will receive a $10,000 academic scholarship and will be presented the High School Football Rudy Award by Rudy Ruettiger. The two Runners-up will each receive a $5,000 academic scholarship and Runners-up Award.


South Georgia Republican

December 29th, 2009
1:38 pm

i have no dog in this hunt, but Wilcox County’s Marshall looked as good as any HS QB I have ever seen in the Dome-


December 29th, 2009
2:38 pm

how about CJ Uzomah?

Dooley's Cardiologist

December 29th, 2009
2:56 pm

Connor Shaw doesn’t fit into Techs offense like Jaybo does. he made a good choice by not choosing Tech. And as much as it hurts for me to say, I don’t think Jaybo will ever start a down at Tech. Accept as a fill-in that is (I realize he has started games before). Maybe he took that into consideration as well.

Eric P.

December 29th, 2009
3:28 pm

South Ga. Repub. Who cares what party you belong to. This is a sports blog. Sell your bull somewhere else.

columbia Blue

December 29th, 2009
3:33 pm

I personally think that all the Quartebacks mentioned are excellent; however (as proved in the pay-offs) they are as good as their offensive line. North Gwinette had two division one offensive lineman but they scored 0 points against the Camden Wildcat Defense. Camden had only one player on the AAAAA All State Selection. It seems as Camden will never be a highly recruited school; however, they continue to win play-off games. Good luck to all the Quarterbacks that were selected by division one schools. Maybe our kids will be recruited in the future. Until then, we will continue to out play the best athletes in the state.


December 29th, 2009
4:01 pm

washington high qb is a good one


December 29th, 2009
4:11 pm

Based on performance: Mason is the best.

Big Dawg

December 29th, 2009
5:56 pm

The best QB in the State is the kid from Wilcox County. Mason reminds me of David Greene. He gets the job done. Marshall is the best pure passer in the State at this moment.

Big Dawg

December 29th, 2009
5:57 pm

Wilcox County QB should be a Super 11 pick next season and the No. 1 football player in the State.


December 29th, 2009
6:13 pm

never seen a high school passing attack
as good as wilcox county
nick marshall looked great


December 29th, 2009
6:15 pm

Wish I could have seen the qb from Wilcox County this season. Alot of hype for this player and it will be enjoyable to follow him next year. Mason and Shaw also sound like the real deal also. Happy to see UGA get their man.


December 29th, 2009
6:39 pm

Best 10th grader was Aaron Spratlin @ ELCA- Great long ball and 1200 yards as a sophmore in a running offense. Had Lincoln County beat until the refs and his own coaches got in the way.

Charlton Indian

December 29th, 2009
7:07 pm

Charlton Co. junior QB Chris Milton passed for 2664 yards and 33 TDs while rushing for 1159 yards and 17 TDs. He gets no publicity because we are way down on the Florida border so no one other than our 13 opponents have seen him play.


December 29th, 2009
7:19 pm

John Bryant from Arabia Mountain is the most athletic person in the state and ran Coach Beal Spread Offense to perfection


December 29th, 2009
8:44 pm

sims great athlete no qb,conner shaw very smart could under spurrier become a great college qb,mason has all the tools but how much has ga committed to murray he is only 5′10 if he can’t run any better than cox look for carbon copy,marshall the real deal what you win championships with i say if he goes to ga,with talent they have plus another running back with him at qb and mason backing him up bobo will have trouble messing them up what ever marshall best qb in state in along time will be great in any system other than gt


December 29th, 2009
10:39 pm

Nick Marshall is so overated it isnt funny who should go to some of Arabia MOUNTAIN High School football games and see John Bryant he is 5-10 junior and a baseball prospect will do great in coach Johnson triple option attack in 2 years


December 30th, 2009
8:02 am

best hs qb i’ve ever seen was valdosta’s stanly bounds in 1971.who threw for over 2700 yds in 13 games.he only played an average 2-1/2 qtrs a game.he threw over 1500 of those yds to stan rome which was a natl rec record for years.
he was recruited to ole miss. to take over after archie manning but a knee injury ended his career.this guy would have played on sundays.
thw wilcox kid is good,but he has happy feet and is very un-disciplined in the pocket.


December 30th, 2009
9:05 am

I will take Shaw over all of them. If Spurrier wants him that bad, he must be good. Ya see, Spurrier knows a little about quarterbacks.


December 30th, 2009
9:43 am

OMG LMAO! Spurrier knows QB’s – noooo he had a great system at Florida none of his QB’s ever did a thing in the NFL – Waffle tried for 2 years and was gone.


December 30th, 2009
1:35 pm

Still no respect for Patrick Taylor of Peach Co.

All he has done is …win a State championionship, passed for 2,530 yards and 19 TDs with 4 INTs and completed 65 percent of his passes.

And PC had 4 RBs with over 600 yards….HE WAS IN A PRO-STYLE BALANCED OFFENSE!!!!


December 30th, 2009
2:40 pm

I agree with rabun MC. Shaw is the best. We are talking about college not pros.


December 30th, 2009
4:25 pm

I went to the Greenville/Wilcox Co game to show support for Coach Williams. As I watched the game I realized that I was watching something special. That something speciahl was Marshall. The kid threw the ball on the run like no high school QB I have ever seen. I see a big future for this young man.


December 31st, 2009
9:54 pm

I realize that Marshall is only a Jr. but does anyone know what College he might be favoring and what Colleges are putting out the word that they want him.
I don’t care what anyone says but this kid stole the show in the GA Dome.


January 1st, 2010
7:35 pm

Best 10th grader would have to go Kaleb Nobles. He 2100+ yards and 24 TD’s passes with a close to 70 completion %. Best we’ve seen in Fitzgerald in 30 years!


January 3rd, 2010
9:45 am



January 4th, 2010
1:12 am

Nick Marshall hands down, He makes all the throws, moves around with finesse, and has eyes in the back of his head, very good leader and one helluva basketball point guard too. I promise you UGA want go after him like they should….. UGA will probably whiff on him like they did Greg Reid, everybody and their moma knew he was that dude. They tried way to late to get in on the G REID train, I hope they move quicker on Nick, If Paul Johnson gets a hold of this guy look out, the only thing that will save UGA is his slight build may not hold up in Tech’s style of play.

Towers Coach

January 4th, 2010
2:17 pm



January 4th, 2010
9:07 pm

looks like swainsboro’s malcom eady out performed all of them. he is probably not a college qb but he is one of the best unknown players in the state.