By DARRYL MAXIE / firstname.lastname@example.org
Iowa is leading in the recruiting hunt for Lassiter quarterback Hutson Mason because the 6-foot-2, 190-pound rising senior is impressed by the way the coaches there get the most out of their players.
“Out of all the coaching staffs, the thing I like about Coach [Kirk] Ferentz is the way he develops the 2-star and 3-star recruits,” Mason told the AJC while attending the Football University camp last weekend in Stockbridge. “They don’t get a lot of fours and fives [stars], but you always hear about their draft picks going in the first or second round [of the NFL draft]. That’s the biggest thing. That tells you about their coaches.”
The fans in Iowa City also have Mason’s attention, even from a distance.
“I haven’t been up there yet, but I hear Iowa football fans are insane,” he said.
While Iowa is No. 1 for Mason, he said interest has “picked up” from Georgia, Alabama, Indiana, Purdue, North Carolina, N.C. State and Troy.