Lassiter’s Hutson Mason stars in reality TV show

Hutson Mason is a star.

Forget that football stuff. The dude’s on television.

Mason, the Lassiter High quarterback who made headlines this past weekend for breaking the all-time Georgia record for passing yards in a single season (3,714), also plays a quarterback on TV. But he’s not acting.

These are the eight high school quarterbacks competing on the recruiting reality show 'The Ride.' That's Hutson Mason on the far left (I think).

These are the eight high school quarterbacks competing on the recruiting reality show 'The Ride.' That's Hutson Mason on the far left (I think).

Mason is one of eight high school quarterbacks from across the country that were selected to compete on “The Ride,” a sports reality show that is currently airing on Comcast Sports  and Fox Sports Net affiliates across the U.S. Episode Three of 10 aired last night on CSS. You’ll have to call your local cable provider or satellite company for the exact channel.

Loosely patterned after the CBS hit show “Survivor” and other reality shows of that ilk, the eight quarterbacks were selected by recruiting experts based on their distinction as “under-the-radar” college prospects. Last summer, they were put through the paces at a Football Univeristy (FBU) camp in Philadephia by quarterback gurus Tom Martinez, (Tom Brady’s personal instructor), former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback and current ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski and former Cincinnati Bengals coach Sam Wyche. Then they were subjected to the behind-closed-doors critiquing of a panel of recruiting experts (including former UGA administrative assistant Barry Every, who’s now an evaluator for Rivals.com).

Each week the panel casts off quarterbacks by process of elimination until only one is left. But instead of getting $1 million like on Survivor, the grand prize on this show is a spot on the roster of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, a national high school all-star showcase that will be played on Jan. 9 in San Antonio.

It wasn’t something for which Mason auditioned. In fact, he pretty much stumbled into it.

“I went to FBU, Football University, down in Stockbridge last summer,” Mason told me Monday. “When I went there, a lady came up to me and told me that she wanted to do an interview with me. She pulled me into a room by myself and she interviewed me with about 30 to 40 questions  that were really in depth; things like, ‘what is the biggest thing you’ve had to overcome in life,’ stuff  like that. They did 100 of those across the country and they eliminated it down to eight people. The eight that made it made it onto the TV show. So the eight of us flew to Philadephia and that is where we first started shooting it.”

That was last July. The first show aired only two weeks ago and, as of this writing, Mason is still “alive.” Try though I did, he won’t tell me how far he made it.

“It’s based on how you did in the camp but I can’t tell you how I did because I could get in a lot of trouble,” Mason said with a laugh. “The director of the show called me the night before it came on and said, ‘Make sure you don’t say anything; remember, you signed a contract.’”

Even though he knows how it turned out, Mason and his family eagerly tune in each week to find out what the coaches said behind the scenes.

“It’s like Survivor that way,” he said. “It’s real interesting to watch because I don’t know what the coaches say about me.  So it’s when I get to watch the TV show that I get to hear what they really thought my strengths and weaknesses were.”

In the meantime, Mason is playing another elimination game — the one they call the Georgia High School Association state playoffs. And so far he’s 1-for-1. Thanks in large part to Mason’s 445 yards passing and 7 TDs, the Region 6-AAAAA champion Trojans (11-0) advanced to the second round with a 62-37 win over North Forsyth. They’ll face South Gwinnett on Friday.

As for Mason’s recruitment, despite  holding the state’s all-time passing record and leading an undefeated team deep into the state playoffs, the 6-foot-3, 190-pound senior still has not received a scholarship offer from a BCS school. Central Michigan, Miami of Ohio and Florida Atlantic are the latest to come forth with tenders of grant-in-aid. But Virginia, which will have coaches at Friday’s game, and Mississippi State seem right on the verge.

Mason is skeptical that his impromptu TV career will generate any more interest than there is.

“I don’t know that college coaches even have time to sit down and watch it,” he said. “The whole point of the TV show is to get a college scholarship. . . . but I don’t really know if the show in itself will get a kid a scholarship. Because if a kid can’t play on Friday nights, then college coaches are not going to offer him just because he’s on a TV show.

“I think the TV show will help me publicity wise. But I don’t think it’s going to help me get another scholarship offer.”

I’ll have another detailed report later this week on Mason’s current scholarship options to this point, which really are getting better all the time.

As for the show itself, “Dancing with the Stars”  and “Big Brother” are probably safe. But you recruitniks out there are in for a real treat!

26 comments Add your comment

Joe Blow

November 17th, 2009
7:39 am

The whole Georgia team is starring in a reality show in 2009 – The Biggest Loser!

Wait

for

it………

45-19!

RFP

November 17th, 2009
8:14 am

Keep it classy Joe Blow. Your UT team is starring in a reality show in 2009 –

Wait

for

it…….

Cops. With special guests your 2008 recruiting class.

On another note, Congrats to Mason. Go Trojans (Lassiter, that is).

UGA ALL THE WAY

November 17th, 2009
10:52 am

Nice comment RFP…..

Jack Mead

November 17th, 2009
11:00 am

I heard CBS is also about to start a new reality series…

“Committing Armed Robbery”-Contestants will compete to see who can score the most loot from unsuspecting victims.

Rumor has it they will be recruiting for talent for the show from Tennessee’s football team.

TE86Dawg

November 17th, 2009
11:16 am

BURN!!!!!!!!!!!!! Nice name by the way. Joe BLOW the tennesse fan haha

GA football

November 17th, 2009
11:17 am

Good Luck Friday Mason!

ATLVOL

November 17th, 2009
11:42 am

Go Trojans……I think last time we played South Gwinnett David Greene was their QB. I saw the North Forsyth game on Friday and Mason was impressive. I love how UGA and UT fans can even talk smack after a high school football story….God Bless the SEC!!!! Go Big Orange!!!

Southfan

November 17th, 2009
11:48 am

South crushed Lassiter in their last two meetings in 2002 and 2003 without David Greene.

jw

November 17th, 2009
11:48 am

Good luck in the contest and hope you do well – also, that Miami of Ohio bunch will get you some recognition – it’s kind of a Coach College – you never know -

A Tennessee fan boasting about a win – really – and we are supposed to be scared – well we ain’t scared about the game on the football field, but we will wear our ORANGE hunting vests when we visit the greater Knoxville area – y’all are trained in hunter safety, right?

Paul

November 17th, 2009
11:52 am

you know it’s a well planned out robery when 1.you try to rob two guys who are 18 & 20 that have a cheeseburger between them & 2.your getaway vehicle is a Prius. did they think the silent under 5 mph would add to their stealth?

North Forsyth Fan

November 17th, 2009
11:55 am

Went the NFHS – Lassiter game. North just did not have the depth to run 50 yard routes on defense and then have to play offense also. We held our own but the fact that Lassiter throws on every down just wore our guys out. Only 2 running plays in the first half for Lassiter. QB looked very cool just throwing the deep balls up and let his guys run under them. I can’t see how he has only got attention from smaller schools with his size.

Micheal 18

November 17th, 2009
12:00 pm

Well congrats Hutson Mason but I hope all this fame dosent take your mind to much off the game this friday. South Gwinnett is coming a long way and they dont want to lose, this is the fastest deffence they have seen all year and South’s D’B’s are gonna be hungry and so will the D-Lines as far as Lassiters Deffence goes South has 4 Strong Recievers and two powerful runningbacks, it should be an intresting game.

nomo

November 17th, 2009
12:06 pm

what the hell is “deffence” ? What are they teaching you morons at South?

GA Tech Insider

November 17th, 2009
12:43 pm

Here’s wishing the very best to Hutson; he sounds like a quality young man who has obviously impressed not only his own high school coaches, but some of the top eyes for talent in the country as well. I’m sure it will only be a matter of time before he gets the offers he so rightfully deserves. Congratulations to Hutson and his entire family.

To those of you feeling the need to show your behinds on this blog; it’s obvious this young man has more going for him in his young life than any of you have accomplished in yours so far in this stage of the game. His maturity and dedication is being exhibited in this article while you are taking the time to speak your typical juvenile nonsense.

It’s no wonder why Hutson will go far in his life and you will bitter old men. He’ll be making something of his life and you’ll be making a fool of yours.

JJ

November 17th, 2009
1:28 pm

Watched him in person a few times. Mason is a sharp QB. Definitely a D1 prospect. Sharp passer. Excellent job of development by the head coach at Lassiter.

Chip Towers

November 17th, 2009
1:55 pm

To get an idea what kind of kid you’re dealing with in Hutson, I asked him why he didn’t let somebody know sooner about being on this show. He said, “I didn’t want to sound arrogant and say, ‘you need to watch my TV show.’ “. . .

I just happened to have run across it last week and asked him about it. Neat kid.

JC

November 17th, 2009
2:47 pm

They used a pellet gun…haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa…

jw

November 17th, 2009
3:02 pm

Mr. Mason, keep doing what you’re doing – the schools will have a hard time passing up a quality young man – seems you have your focus and ideas in the right place – take it far and good luck –

shouldn’t have said anything to the Tennessee guy in this blog – just too easy of a target (LOL) sorry!

You’ve got your head on straight and you will go far – good luck from Northwest Georgia!

Houston Nutt

November 17th, 2009
3:07 pm

Hey Joe Blow,
I thought ya’ll lost 42-17 on Saturday, not 45-19. Come on now, give yourself a little more credit for keeping it closer. Have fun in Shreveport this year. Oh that’s right, your not bowl eligible yet.

Mikey

November 17th, 2009
3:11 pm

45-19 45-19 45-19 45-19 45-19 45-19 45-19 45-19 45-19 45-19 45-19 45-19 45-19 45-19 45-19 45-19 45-19 45-19 45-19 45-19 45-19 45-19 45-19 45-19 45-19 45-19 45-19 45-19 45-19 45-19 45-19 45-19 hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

Mikey

November 17th, 2009
3:14 pm

Do you think Juwan James saw this score?45-19 45-19 45-19 45-19 45-19 45-19 45-19 45-19 45-19 45-19 45-19 45-19 45-19 45-19 45-19 45-19 45-19 45-19 45-19 45-19 45-19 45-19 45-19 45-19 45-19 45-19 45-19 45-19 45-19 45-19 45-19 45-19 hahahahaha..and this is only year 1 with our staff!! Year one!!! This was your best shot over the next 20 years at beating UT….how did you do? I almost forgot…45-19!!!hahahahaha

Frank

November 17th, 2009
7:08 pm

Mikey, you must be on drugs if you think UT will win 20 straight against anybody (with the possible exception of Vandy) ever again. I can’t wait to put a beat down on the viles in 2010.

Shawn in Galesburg

November 17th, 2009
7:36 pm

The sports writer Chip has got it right “neat kid”.

bob from cobb

November 17th, 2009
8:53 pm

great christian kid who is strong in his faith

Vince

November 17th, 2009
9:22 pm

Chip,
There have been two articles about this in two different metro sports pages over the past 3 weeks. Come on! Someone on your staff knew of this.

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