Big numbers not bringing big offers for Lassiter’s Hutson Mason

UPDATED WITH NEW INFORMATION 1:26 P.M. . . .Despite passing for 1,235 yards and 12 TD in four games -- including a record 449 yards this past Friday, Lassiter quarterback Hutson Mason still does not have a BCS scholarship offer. (AJC photo By Jason Getz)

Despite passing for 1,235 yards and 12 TD in four games -- including a record 449 yards this past Friday -- Lassiter quarterback Hutson Mason still does not have a BCS scholarship offer. (AJC photo By Jason Getz)

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.”

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September 21st, 2009
1:05 pm

Hutson, the offers will come. Just continue to play like you are playing. Maybe Auburn will come calling after Philip’s success this year?


September 21st, 2009
1:11 pm

Bill Curry go get this guy.


September 21st, 2009
1:44 pm

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Of the QBs that are left….Hutson’s film looks as good as any. 6A state champion QB with a good amount of film. His team is undefeated this season having lost the entire offensive line and Hutson is still doing well. He’s not a D-1 sure thing but many who are never pan out. He has skills and looks like he’ll make a good college QB. No one had offered 2** Philip Rivers at this time of the year Hutson and the Alabama schools wants him at TE (maybe). Hopefully Tom O’Brien will offer!

numbers do lie sometimes

September 21st, 2009
1:54 pm

Yes everyone knows Mason thrives in the short to intermediate passing game that Lassiter uses in their spread. But anyone who saw him at camps this summer know he has the weakest arm this side of Nash Nance. And in Athens, he was not accurate either, mostly because of his inexperience taking snaps from under center.

I think he should take the UAB offer now without looking back.


September 21st, 2009
2:00 pm

dude the secert is out your a system guy so go to a college that runs the system…..Georgia Southern…Hatcher runs the same offense that Texas Tech runs….With our young talent at WR you will set records and win championships


September 21st, 2009
2:34 pm

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He’d get more PT at a smaller school for sure and his arm is not the strongest in the world. Strong arm means nothing is you’re not accurate. Hutson seems to be accurate and he has film with 40 yard completions. Most of the strong armed top QB recruits are taken for next year and if you need a QB for depth, as NC State does, Hutson may be the guy? We’d like a QB in every class and we don’t have one for next season. We held off to offer others and others bit.


September 22nd, 2009
1:37 am

WMU would love to have this kid. Great coaches, great community, and our program keeps getting better. WMU would be a good fit for this kid.


September 22nd, 2009
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September 22nd, 2009
12:11 pm

Hutson was born to be a quatreback. When he played in the Junior Lassiter Program you knew it then, even though he didn’t get to play the position much…Daddy Ball. He spent more time playing defense then he did offense. He was a leader then and is a leader now. He has a 6′3″ frame do you think he will not get bigger and stronger? Come on, the training table will add 20 lbs his first season which he will probably redshirt. While I agree that right now his arm strength might not be BCS quality it will be. As a pitcher improves his velocity with the appropriate training so does a quarterback improve his arm strength with the appropriate training. He’s 17 for God’s sake. By the time he is a junior he will be setting all kinds of passing records where ever he decides to play. This is a process, he doesn’t have to fit in immediately. Learn the system, hit the weight room, hone your skills. Hutson your doing all the right things, stay true to yourself and the rest will take care of itself.


September 22nd, 2009
3:14 pm

Tennessee could use him.


September 22nd, 2009
3:28 pm

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your a heck of a QB Hutson just stay focused on leading your team to a region title. The schools will come. You Keeep putting up 5 star numbers by then end of this thing in Feb you will be playing a great team on Saturday

RH in Dunwoody

September 22nd, 2009
9:53 pm

Hutson, want to be UGA’s Defensive Coordinator? :)


September 23rd, 2009
11:38 am

Numbers… The ony lie is the one that you tell. “Mason didn’t do well in Athens this summer”. He hit all the throws ask of him and was very accurate. Unlike some of the other folks on here I can dispute your claim. Talk about issues. I question if you have seen any of his games.
At that UGA combine it’s interesting a certain UGA player was assigned to watch him and give report, all of a sudden a UGA coach comes calling and tells Mason he is capable of playing in the SEC. His words, not mine. Your bias is shinning through like mine. Now if you want to talk about someone who had a rough outing that weekend try Mr Biasetti from Memphis. I felt sorry for him as he struggled that weekend. Just goes to show you can’t judge a QB by a weekend combine. I’ll let Mason’s body of work over the past year and half speak for itself. The numbers are exactly what they are, a measure of his ability to perform. I’s say he is performing at a high level and higher than anyone else in this state. “There are always nay sayers that have there own agenda”, simply ignore and keep on keeping on! Enter your comments here


September 23rd, 2009
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October 2nd, 2009
12:19 am

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Liberty University? In 1982 Jerry always said that he had a dream of beating Notre Dame. TGBTG!

joe fritz

November 21st, 2009
9:50 am

I am origionally from the state of IOWA and am just sick why IOWA dropped your scholarship offer. I can tell you MASON that the UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN IOWA HAS A GREAT TEAM even though they are not a major school and also a great coach. It is located in CEDAR FALLS IOWA NEAR WATERLOO in northern iowa.They have an indoor facility and dome to play in.It is a lovely campus and training facility. All under indoor facilities INCLUDING SWIMMING POOLS WORKOUT ROOM AND ATTACHED BASKETBALL FACILITY.KURT WARNER went here.I wish you the best of luck and if I cannot see you at IOWA maybe at NORTHERN IOWA.I live in arnold mo. which is suburban ST LOUIS JOE FRITZ send email if questions i would be glad to hear from you.

joe fritz

November 21st, 2009
9:51 am

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