To date Hutson Mason’s recruitment has been mostly an under-the-radar proposition. But if he keeps putting up numbers like he did this past weekend, he’s not going to be able to fly low much longer.
Mason, a 6-foot-3, 185-pound quarterback at Marietta’s Lassiter High School, set a Georgia Class AAAAA record this past Friday when he piled up 486 yards on 30-of-39 passing with four touchdowns in a 42-10 win over Campbell. He completed passes to nine different receivers, had TD passes of 75 and 35 yards called back due to penalties and had two other potential TDs dropped in the end zone.
For the year Mason has completed 73 percent of his passes for 1,235 yards with 12 TDs and 3 INTs. Lassiter is 4-0 for the first time in 27 years.
Hutson threw nearly 4,000 yards as a junior for the Trojans last season. Remarkably, he still does not have an offer from a BCS school. His best offers so far are from Western Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Georgia Southern, Western Carolina and UAB. He has also commanded a lot of interest from Indiana and Iowa, the latter of which he was prepared to commit to this summer before the Hawkeyes pulled their offer via email.
“Yeah, absolutely, I’m surprised,” said Mason, on his way back from a visit to Western Michigan on Monday. “Me, my family, even Coach [Chip] Lindsey are just stunned we haven’t gotten more interest. A lot of kids that don’t have my size or my numbers have already committed to SEC and ACC schools. I don’t know what goes through their minds. But I can’t worry about it. I just play football.”
Mason said he measured at 6-foot-2 1/2 inches tall “without shoes” and 190 pounds in Kalamazoo, Mich, this weekend. His numbers in Lassiter’s Texas Tech-based spread offense speak for themselves.
And he hasn’t lacked exposure. Mason attended 12 different camps this summer, including ones at Georgia, Alabama, N.C. State and East Carolina.
“I guess they’re looking for something a little different,” Lindsey said of his star quarterback. ” I don’t know the knock on him. I don’t see it. He does everything well for us. I’m a high school coach; maybe I don’t know what I’m talking about.”
Nevertheless, Mason said he’s not fixated on landing a BCS offer. He said he “really enjoyed” his trip to Kalamazoo this weekend and will not hold out to the last minute for a major conference offer.
“I’m not really looking necessarily for a BCS team,” he said. “I’m trying to find the perfect fit. If it’s with a mid-level team, I’ll take it.”
He’d love to go to Georgia but said he “hasn’t spoke to them in a while.”
“I did real well at [Georgia's camp],” he said. “It was probably the best camp I had this summer. But I don’t know if they’re going to take a quarterback this year with [Aaron] Murray and [Zach] Mettenberger sitting there.”
For one, Lindsey thinks a major program will have to take a chance on his guy.
“I think it’s going to pick up as the year goes on,” he said. “I think they’re missing the boat. He’s as accurate as I’ve ever been around. I hope he gets that opportunity.”