The state’s next great QB prospect? Printz replaces UGA’s Hutson Mason

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There may never be another quarterback at Lassiter High like Hutson Mason, who shattered several of the state’s passing records last year which earned him a scholarship at UGA.

Then again, there may have been a future record-breaking quarterback sitting right behind Mason all along.

Heralded sophomore Eddie Printz Jr. will make his first start for the Trojans in Saturday’s Corky Kell Classic at the Georgia Dome.

The 6-foot-3, 200-pound Printz already has a recruiting profile on Rivals.com, which is rare for a prospect who has yet to start a high school game. Already receiving mail from Clemson, Georgia, Alabama, Auburn and South Carolina, Printz has been generating chatter on college football message boards since middle school.

One opposing coach thinks the advance hype may well be deserved.

“[Printz] is really special. I think talent-wise, he is going to be better than Hutson Mason,” said Colquitt County coach Rush Propst, who “fell in love” with Printz after watching Lassiter’s quarterbacks go through warmups before last year’s Class AAAAA quarterfinals.

“I told [former Lassiter coach] Chip Lindsey, ‘That is going to be your best quarterback right there.’ And he agreed,” said Propst, who got another look at Printz when the two teams scrimmaged last week. “He’s a tall and good-looking kid with a great arm.”

Lassiter's highly-touted QB Eddie Printz Jr. (No. 7) will make his first start in the Corky Kell Classic (AJC photo)

Lassiter's highly-touted QB Eddie Printz Jr. (No. 7) will make his first start in the Corky Kell Classic (AJC photo)

Mason was The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Class AAAAA Player of the Year in 2009 after setting state single-season records for passing yards (4,560) and touchdown passes (54) at the Cobb County school. Printz took it all in from the sidelines as the Trojans’ No. 2 quarterback, appearing seven games in mop-up duty.

“Hutson was great at everything,” Printz said. “Those are some big shoes to fill. He has helped me every way he could. He has given me a lot of tips. Since he left for college, I talk to him once per week on Facebook. I’m really appreciative with everything he has going on.”

Lassiter’s new coach, Jep Irwin, knows the comparisons between Mason and Printz are inevitable. Irwin, formerly an offensive coordinator at Pelham (Ala.) High, was hired to replace Lindsey, who took a college assistant job at Troy.

“If you’re comparing Eddie as a sophomore to Hutson’s as a junior, which probably isn’t fair, Hutson was more of a mobile playmaker, which is something Eddie has to work on,” Irwin said. “Eddie is more of a traditional pocket passer. He stands very tall in the pocket and throws a very accurate ball.

“Hutson was probably a little bit more elusive when running. Eddie’s arm is probably a touch stronger, but not so much where it really makes a difference.”

Printz may never get the chance to break Mason’s records because Lassiter’s offense has been tweaked under the new coach. The Trojans will run the same spread formation but with a more of an emphasis on the run, adapting to the team’s personnel this year.

“My thing is we want to throw the ball when want to and we have to able to run the ball when we have to,” Irwin said. “The basic philosophy of the spread offense is the same with me. I think the average Lassiter fan will hopefully see some early on of what we did last year, the exciting, fast-break offense. But we’ve got a long ways to go with so many young players.”

North Gwinnett, Lassiter’s opponent in the season-opener, also employs the spread. Joked North Gwinnett coach Bob Sphire, “It’s going to be a fast-paced game. … You better not get a Coke until halftime.”

Propst predicts good fortunes for Lassiter, but not instantly.

“Last year they were a seasoned ball club,” he said. “They are not as good as last year. They are going to go through growing pains because of the coaching transition and they are so young. They will have lots of ups and downs this year, but I think you’ll see Lassiter come back in 2011 and 2012.”

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30 comments Add your comment

cane fan

August 20th, 2010
2:32 pm

GO PURPLE HURRICANES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Small Town Friday Night

August 20th, 2010
2:37 pm

Good luck to this kid!

So glad the season is here! Should be a VERY exciting game in the Dome tomorrow.

(oh, and pick UGA!!!!)

Drop Back

August 20th, 2010
3:29 pm

Rush coached some good QBs. This kid must be special. Good luck kid.

Auburn Tiger

August 20th, 2010
8:36 pm

Propst coached the current #3 QB for the Falcons who played last night-John Parker Wilson…give that kid credit for working hard and making and staying on our local NFL roster…

xixnyne

August 20th, 2010
10:22 pm

This will have competition for the crown of best 2013 QB Brice Ramsey will be a factor to throne its good to be a Printz but its much better to be The King. Camden 4 Life!!

Drop Back

August 21st, 2010
9:22 am

I was waiting to see if this would happen and it did. I wanted to see if people would start comparing their little Johnny to Eddie Printz jr. You know you who the top Dawg is when that happens. Nuff said. 1AAAAA for life!!

Monroe's first Redcoat

August 21st, 2010
11:16 am

hey Cane Fan, which ‘Canes are you rooting for? Been a long offseason and I’m a little rusty…

Dawg Fan

August 22nd, 2010
12:23 pm

Sadly, until Lassiter puts in receivers who have hands and know what they’re doing…Printz will be nothing special to write about…same players in play after play. Extremely frustrating to watch.

Recruitment

August 22nd, 2010
1:57 pm

Sad thing is that he still lives in the Wheeler district. Happened after Flugum’s first season while he and a few other Jr. program top prospects were recruited by Lassiter/Lindsay and now they carpool in the mornings and pass Wheeler on the way to school. GHSA should police this better. This does not take anything away from the kids talent though. Don’t blame them given the state of the Wheeler program, but with those kids that were taken Wheeler could be in a different position then 0-2?. A lot of upside to him in the future when he develops.

rwdekalb

August 22nd, 2010
3:02 pm

He is a decent quarterback but with only average receivers and a pitiful at tackling defense the team will probably win only half the games they play this year.

Recruitment

August 22nd, 2010
5:22 pm

They will win more than half just due to the fact they are playing in a very weak region this year.

Schmoe

August 22nd, 2010
5:22 pm

Eddie lives around the corner from LHS…no where near Wheeler. There are systems in place to police this type of recruiting. If you really think your claim is true, submit a formal complaint with GHSA…MORON

Wheeler Talking

August 22nd, 2010
7:14 pm

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Wheeler Talking

August 22nd, 2010
7:14 pm

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Wheeler Talking 'Bout Recruitment?

August 22nd, 2010
7:16 pm

How in the world does WHS basketball have a top junior college roster each year?

Cardinal Sin

August 22nd, 2010
7:23 pm

Hands down, Chandler Register @ Lambert is one hellva QB!

Enough Said!

Bob Wheeler

August 22nd, 2010
7:39 pm

Recruitment – That is dumbest thing ever posted. You are an idiot!

Flugum ran off all of the football talent at Wheeler with his policy of not helping kids get recruited. Flugum said it wasn’t his job to get kids scholarships in his first meeting with players and parents. Many players stopped playing football.

Bob Wheeler

August 22nd, 2010
7:42 pm

True!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wheeler complaining about recruiting. Ha Ha Ha Ha

Reality Check

August 22nd, 2010
7:59 pm

Lassiter played a nationally ranked team. They will be good. A game like the one against North Gwinnett will only make Printz Jr better. I watched the lassiter/North Gwinnett game. Printz Jr is a special talent. He was poised, mobile and had a strong arm. lassietr will make play offs.

$Money$

August 23rd, 2010
12:27 pm

Lassiter can be quite a bit better. They just need to pick starters based on ability and not the size of the contribution their parents make to the booster club.

REAL TALENT

August 23rd, 2010
2:19 pm

Lets Compare his #’s (Eddie Printz) 2 That of the QB from Cedar Grove who is 6″4 190 & Extremely more Mobile with Better Mechanics….. HERE ME LOUD & CLEAR THE QB FROM CEDAR GROVE BY THE END OF THIS YEAR WILL HAVE MORE YARDS & WILL TURN MORE HEADS THAN the Printz Kid…. & This comes from A coach who knows them both.

#true #true

August 23rd, 2010
2:42 pm

I Saw tha Front Page Of DCSS: ATHLETICS Which is DEKALB COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL’s FRONT PAGE and The Article is “Preseason games ringing in the 2010 high school football season” The Kids name is Johnathon McCrary & he is Just a Sophmore also. Everybody in Dekalb Knows about this Kid HE is the flat out truth!!!!!!!!!!

Funny $Money$

August 23rd, 2010
3:25 pm

Really? Who is sitting that should be on the field?

SAINTS FAN

August 23rd, 2010
3:51 pm

MCCRARY AINT EVEN THE BEST QB ON CEDAR GROVE. GET OUTTA HERE WITH THAT BS.

Stephenson Football

August 23rd, 2010
5:10 pm

Obviouslly we have a Jelous Parent who’s son isnt getting any Playing time. The McCrary kid From Cedar Grove Is on the front of Dekalb County’s Football Website Page. The Kid Is real…. Dont Fault him for his Hardwork. All the Coaches everywhere agree.

Schmoe

August 24th, 2010
1:38 pm

Pretty sure this article is about the Printz kid…are you guys jealous? I’m sure this other kid is good, but why don’t you wait ’til an article is written about him?

Bobby

August 24th, 2010
1:41 pm

Seriously? Focus on this article people! I’m sure there are a bunch of “Real Deals” out there in High school football. My son doesn’t play anymore, but if he did and was not the focus of an AJC article; I promise you that I would not start talking down the kid being focused on. Get a life!

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