ACC, SEC interest in Hutson Mason cranks up

With 4,244 yards passing and 54 touchdowns, Lassiter's Hutson Mason is finally starting to generate recruiting interest from ACC and SEC schools. (Photo by Brant Sanderlin)

With 4,244 yards passing and 54 touchdowns, Lassiter's Hutson Mason is finally starting to generate recruiting interest from ACC and SEC schools. (Photo by Brant Sanderlin)

When you start to knock down state records like so many plastic ducks in a carnival booth and you’re doing it in the playoffs it tends to bring you a little attention.

Such is the case with Lassiter quarterback Hutson Mason, who had at least one ACC coach and one SEC coach in the stands last week when he passed for 530 yards and eight touchdowns in a 70-49 second-round win over South Gwinnett this past Friday.

The following night, Mason got a call from Bob Price, longtime recruiting coordinator and assistant coach at Virginia and an eye witness to the record-setting feat.

“When I picked up the phone he just started laugh,” Mason said Monday, laughing himself at the recollection. “He said, ‘really, man, 550 yards? Really?’ He said, ‘I’ve never seen such a thing in high school.’ He goes, ‘there’s absolutely no doubt you can play for us. That’s 100 percent.’”

Such words are music to Mason’s ears. As I’ve noted in this space a couple of times, the 6-foot-3, 190-pound Mason has been a mass producer on the field for the last two seasons but, oddly, really hadn’t attracted much recruiting interest from the BCS set. He even was invited by Rivals.com along with seven other “under-the-radar” quarterbacks to do a football-based reality show called “The Ride” in which they compete for the right to get noticed with a spot on the U.S. Army High School All-America team. Of course, he got voted off that show (taped this past summer) last week.

No, thanks to his performance on the field of play this year, Mason is finally generating the type of interest he and his family always thought he would. A state record 4,244 yards and 54 touchdowns will do that for you.

Kentucky’s Joker Phillips, notorious for plucking talent from Georgia, was at this past Friday’s game. Florida State is calling and writing almost daily. And Mississippi State, which has new coach Dan Mullen installing the Florida spread in Starkville, could come forth with a scholarship offer as early as this week.

“I talked to Coach [Chip] Lindsey today about Mississippi State and he told me don’t be surprised if they come through by Friday with an offer,” Mason revealed. “You never know until it’s final but that was good to hear. That’s exciting because the spread he’s bringing in lights my eyes up when I watch them play because I know that would be a great fit for me. . . . I think things could start moving really quickly here in the next week.”

Even some locals football heroes have gotten involved.

“I exchanged emails last week with Buck Belue and he was real nice,” Mason said of former Georgia quarterback and 680 The Fan personality. “He told me he had heard a lot about me and that he was jumping on the Hutson Mason bandwagon. He said he heard that Mississippi State was recruiting me and that he knew John Bond and that he’d mentioned me to him and asked them what in the world they were waiting on.”

At one point, Mason intimated that he might pounce on the first Deep South BCS offer he got. Now it appears he may have some choices. And some decisions to make.

“If they all start coming in and I have a couple of ACC and SEC schools to choose from, I would definitely have to take my visits,” he said. “But at the same time, I’m not going to forget about the UABs and the Central Michigans and the teams that have been around a long time. What it comes down to is who wants you the most and where you feel the most comfortable. Right now the teams that absolutely want me the most are the UABs and Central Michigans. They’ve been around since August and that means a lot to me.”

Whatever the case, Mason is not going to give recruiting his full attention until this season’s remarkable run ends and that may not be any time soon. The Trojans (12-0) have a huge quarterfinal game this Friday that matches them against Colquitt County and head coach Rush Propst, for whom Lindsey was offensive coordinator during their famous run at Hoover High. The speculation is that if anybody can scheme against Lassiter’s spread it’s Propst, who masterminded it in Alabama.

Mason remains confident.

“I’m not concerned,” he said. “A lot of people say that but we’re putting in a lot of new schemes and things for them this week. A lot of people say he’s the man that created this but I think we’ll be fine. I really do.”

Not many folks are doubting Hutson Mason anymore.

62 comments Add your comment

bulldawghuff

November 24th, 2009
2:34 am

I saw the show this kid was on,uga should offer this young man,because he was coached by some big time coaches on the show and it has really helped him go from mid major to major.he is already getting better coaching than my beloved dawgs.

Jim

November 24th, 2009
4:09 am

Brian Stewart for UGA defensive coordinator position. (Former Dallas Cowboys DC, current Philadelphia Eagles defensive assistant coach)

PASS IT ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Gerald Ball

November 24th, 2009
4:18 am

bulldawghuff:

Nope. Mason does not have the arm strength. Also, going from being a spread QB to being a pro-style QB is almost as hard as going from an option QB to a pro-style QB. The reads, mechanics, footwork, tendencies, strategy, philosophy etc. are all different. That’s why none of those Texas Tech QBs get drafted by the NFL, and why it took so long for Drew Brees to pick up the NFL game.

So when you consider the combination of his suspect arm strength and that spread offense, there is almost no chance that he will be a good QB for UGA. Mason could probably overcome one or the other, but not both. There are lots of good QB prospects out there, and UGA should have their scholarships for those that have a far higher chance of succeeding.

Incidentally, look at the last big time spread offense guy from the south: Mitch Mustain. Remember him? The big time Parade All American who put up those numbers in a spread offense? Well, the guy hasn’t been able to do any better than 3rd string at USC. Every QB that Pete Carroll recruits jumps him on the depth chart.

Old Gator

November 24th, 2009
5:52 am

There are always “can’t miss” prospects that never arrive when they go big time but this is a nice story and the reason we like this time of the year . You have to pull for him.

GarDner

November 24th, 2009
6:38 am

Chip,why no mention of Kiffin? Earlier when only Miss state and Cent Mich were offering you reported that UT and Kiffin had lots of interest. Did they stop once Mason started putting up big stats.? Or is it simply you aren’t showing Kiffin anymore love?

Bro-U-know

November 24th, 2009
7:29 am

I agree with Ball. Stay on the mid-major level because of arm strength. NFL rosters are full of complete, competent QBs that are well coached up on the mid major level.

Herschel Talker double talker

November 24th, 2009
7:47 am

If the dawgs want him they’ll get him. We actually have a few commitments that haven’t played up to snuff, so after CMR pulls their offer in front of their family (he’s got the kids best interest at heart) we’ll have availability. A couple of problems with Mason 1) arm stregnth 2) he’s already qualified 3) He’s a 3 star at best with 0 arrest. How can we really be interested? Also haven’t seen one clip of him jaw jacking after a play, let him go to Vandy.

Joe Blow

November 24th, 2009
8:08 am

Starring Peter Graves as Capt. Clarence Over

November 24th, 2009
8:15 am

Seems like David Greene didn’t have a strong arm either.

Chip Towers

November 24th, 2009
10:49 am

GarDner: No mention of Kiffin because Mason did not mention Kiffin. All the info comes from him.

Cosmos

November 24th, 2009
11:10 am

Chip, what’s your take on Mason’s arm strength and foot work? I’ve been following his numbers for most of the season and wondered why no BCS schools were jumping at the chance to get this kid. He would be an easy commit for most any SEC or ACC school. He is obviously a winner. What’s been holding the big schools back?

bob from cobb

November 24th, 2009
11:20 am

Gerald Ball its clear you dont know your recurting very muvh. I think Georgia took a qb this past year name Aaroon murray who is from tampa plant who threw the ball OUT OF THE SHOT GUN ALMOST 90 percent of the time. What high school team do you see that takes a 5 step drop and throws the ball??? No one cause they dont have the offensiver line to protect at the high School level. How about Joe Cox oooo ya wasnt He a HUGEEEEEEEEEE get for Georgia when hecame out? now look at him he cant throw the ball in the water standing on the shore?

Micheal

November 24th, 2009
11:21 am

Vols have Tyler Bray from CA coming in next year and may end up with Tommy Rees from IL when Weis is fired at ND. I think they did really like Mason though.

Chip Towers

November 24th, 2009
11:22 am

Cosmos: I think Mason has plenty of arm strength and his footwork is excellent. If you watch him he is fundamentally very sound. The Trojans actually throw downfield a lot more than people think. The one knock I’ve heard on him is mobility, or lack thereof, but frankly their line has played so well and he’s so quick out with the ball I haven’t seen enough QB run/escape to have a strong opinion on that. But his throwing accuracy — and production — is uncanny and I think that’s what is turning around recruiters.

Micheal

November 24th, 2009
11:24 am

Mason should stick with Central Michigan. The MAC gets a lot of QB’s drafted and the Chip’s QB this year, LeFevour will probably be a 2nd or 3rd round pick. He would be perfect for that offense.

BIG BEE

November 24th, 2009
11:38 am

TO ALL ABOVE, Check out RUSH PROPST back ground. Some mighty interesting things there.

flats

November 24th, 2009
11:43 am

My boy played balls at idaho st 3 yeaqr ago and liked it.

Mark

November 24th, 2009
11:52 am

I have watched this kid a few times (my daughter’s in the band) and he throws an accurate, strong ball, and he can do it while moving. The knock we all heard last year was that he was thin and probably couldn’t take much of a pounding. He worked in the off season and put on some muscle and he is 6 ft 2 or 3. He is only going to get stronger.

Last season he appeared to lock in on his tight end a lot, but this year he sees the field and spreads the ball around. He also appears to have smarts on how to attack a defense. Its been fun to watch him develop, and its a plus that every parent talks about him being a good kid who knows how to lead.

I will leave it to the coaches to decide if he fits their system but I don’t see a negative with him.

Hero

November 24th, 2009
11:54 am

Why no interest from Auburn? He seems to be a perfect fit for the offense they are running now.

LHS fan

November 24th, 2009
12:06 pm

To all , he doesnt have great foot speed but great pocket presence, and he is able to feel the pressure when its being applied. I’ve been watching High School football for 25 years and this kid is amazing. And he can make all the throw’s with accuracy and touch.

Terry

November 24th, 2009
12:07 pm

His footwork has looked good on the football field as well as the basketball court. He may not set track records, but he looked plenty fast/quick enough when I watched Lassiter’s playoff basketball team last year. He also seemed like a really nice, humble kid in my firsthand encounter of him as a referee while I was coaching in my son’s basketball league last year.

kt

November 24th, 2009
12:23 pm

Good points Gerald ball

North Forsyth Fan

November 24th, 2009
12:24 pm

He was throwing deep on us constantly. Also his mobility seemed fine since he did roll out on occasion. We got pressure on him but he was always quick to get the ball out when pressure came. I thought he was very poised. I think UGA would love to have him. However I do understand we have 2 freshman standouts already.

Not Disappointed

November 24th, 2009
1:49 pm

Good luck young man…..

Coach

November 24th, 2009
1:55 pm

Check the University or College QB coach’s history of developing young QB talent to highest level both on and off the field.

Cosmos

November 24th, 2009
1:56 pm

Maybe UGA should take him and red shirt him for his fresh year. This would give him time to get stronger. Then if he progresses he could be in line behind Murry and Mecklenburger to start. He seems like a David Greene type player to me, just going on what others have said about him. All in all, those numbers he’s putting up are pretty impressive.

joe jenkins

November 24th, 2009
2:15 pm

i became interested in seeing hutson play after last years accomplishments. he has vastly improved over last year. he has added height and weight (as most teens do). he has more overall strength, including arm strength. what i have seen this year is improvement each game. he has an uncanny ability to find the open receiver, read defenses, and avoid the rush. as far as arm strength, he passes the long ones with much less effort than other qb’s i’ve seen. i firmly believe hutson can make any school he chooses a winner. being a georgia tech fan, i know our offense is not suited for him (bummer)and would not like to see him at georgia (obvious reason). all you critics better take note. a qb like hutson mason is a rare commodity. come to lassiter friday night and watch georgia history.

lakerga

November 24th, 2009
2:32 pm

For any of you that think Hutson cant throw the long ball just go to 11 alive site and watch a few of the football friday videos of him. You will see that if there is a downfall in his game this is not it. Also needs noted that so far (and I have seen every game) the defenses seem to feel that the only way to stop them is to pressure hutson. This theory has failed 12 times now due to his ability to his read the defense get rid of the ball to short route recievers so well. When given time though be will burn you long.

Kenny

November 24th, 2009
3:06 pm

If he’s that good, we (UGA) won’t get him……….. :(

FIRE WILLIE

November 24th, 2009
5:13 pm

FIRE WILLIE

November 24th, 2009
5:15 pm

CANT STAND WILLE

Lawrence

November 24th, 2009
5:23 pm

I’ve watched Lassiter play twice this year and they have several excellent D 1 prospects.

Lee Kayne

November 24th, 2009
6:27 pm

Hudson reminds me of Danny Wuerffel. He is great at reading the defense, and throwing on target to the open man. He get’s himself out of trouble when the rush is on, and get’s rid of the ball instead of taking a sack. Something like 55 TD’s and 5 INT’s!. Not sure he can throw an long cross field out vs. SEC corners…but if he can..he will win at the next level too.

Good luck Trojans. Win State!

GT

November 24th, 2009
6:30 pm

Those that say he doesn’t have a strong arm obviously have not seen him play. I’ve seen him roll out several times and fire the ball 50 yards on the bootleg. He could be the spark to take Mississippi State to the next level or he could go to one of the traditional powerhouses and wait his turn. I really hope he decides to go somewhere like MSU and turns the place around.

As for UGAg offering him, I hope not. As a Lassiter alum, I hate to see one of my own get ruined by that mess of a coaching staff that you have down there. Richt is an awful coach.

LHS fan

November 24th, 2009
9:00 pm

Mason might not be 40 yard dash fast, but he has tremendous pocket awareness and nimble footwork which allows him to keep a play alive…while always keeping his eyes downfield looking for an open receiver. When teams blitz he’s able to get off the quick outlet pass. When teams start looking for the short pass he has gone downfield effectively, which helps to spread the whole field out for later attempts. He’s been able hit receivers in stride and in open space so that they can advance the ball downfield. I’d love to see FSU pick him up, and understand that they finally have him on their radar. Colquitt County is an excellent team with a good defense, it should be a great game Friday Night. Go Trojans!

lakerga

November 24th, 2009
9:21 pm

virginia offered tonight

jhjh

November 24th, 2009
10:11 pm

HeY Chip Virgina offered Mason tonight. Who knoes MSU is on the way Mr. Mason

StuGa1

November 24th, 2009
10:15 pm

I have been watching UGA Football since 1965 and bleed Red and Black…I have been watching Hutson for three years and this kid is amazing. Great accuracy, does not fold under pressure etc etc and I understand his preference would be UGA…we need a UGA Coach at Lassiter Fri night…Richt or Bobo would be great…how can we not gamble on Hutson if we want to keep kids in State…no gurantee any of our QB’s in waiting will be better than Cox..don’t let him out of North Ga!

Chip Towers

November 24th, 2009
10:22 pm

jhjh: Actually Hutson just told me that in a text a few minutes ago, so you’re all over it! He said at the outset he was pretty sure UVA and MSU were going to step to the plate this week. This will probably open up a lot of opportunities for him!

Doc

November 24th, 2009
10:58 pm

Hutson has no issues with arm strength. He can make all the throws and has a strong arm. He throws with touch and amazing accuracy. He does not try to gun the ball unless it is called for. He is calm and cool under pressure. He has played AAU basketball for the atlanta celtics and traveled all over the country playing in pressure packed games which is why he can play so well under fire. He is what most coaches call a “gamer” The folks that say or “repeat” he has an issue with arm strength either have never seen him or just have a negative agenda. The kid has been and is the real deal. He competes at an unbelievable level. I’ve seen a large number of QB’s over the last 35 years in GA and the south and he is as good as most if not better. Many played for SEC or ACC teams. Hutson is a diamond in the rough for most BCS teams that are looking for a great QB. He can go under center and he has the foot work to do the 3 step, 5 step and the 7 step drop. A great kid that has all the intangibles to go with all the talent. He is focused on the playoffs and leading Lassiter to a state championship,. Just watching all teh records drop is a great story. I had stated befor that coach Bobo had indicated to Hutson that he could play for UGA and they would be watching closley. They have numbers issues with QB’s so he was honest with Hutson that GA would be evaluating based on all the specifics of their season and Hutson’s season. UGA may have waited to late but I believe he will wait until the season is complete to really start looking hard at recruiting.. I’m sure he would trade most of his records for a state championship. Go Trojans!

TRUE BLUE

November 25th, 2009
10:06 am

WHAT HE DON’T HAVE THE ARM STRENGTH TO THROW INTERCEPTIONS. THATS WHY GEORGIA IS 6-5 NOW THEY RATHER HAVE A GUY THAT CAN THROW 100 MPH. THAN A GUY THAT CAN GET THE JOB DONE.WHO CARES ABOUT ARM STRENGTH, HELL THE QUARTERBACK YOU HAVE NOW CAN THROW A BULLET TO THE OTHER TEAM GEORGIA. HE FORCES ALOT OF THROWS BECAUSE OF ARM STRENGTH. I RATHER HAVE A QUARTERBACK LIKE DREW BREES AND CHAD PENNINGTON THAN JAY CUTLER ANYDAY. NOW I KNOW YOU NEED ARM STRENGTH AT GEORGIA BECAUSE OF THEM LITTLE LEAGUE AND HIGH SCHOOL PLAYS THAT GEORGIA CALLS. HUTSON MATSON OF LASSITER HIGH SCHOOL IS THE BEST QUARTERBACK IN THE NATION. THE GUY IS A WINNER AND I RATHER HAVE A WINNER THAN A STRONG ARM GUY THAT THROWS INTERCEPTION THAT COST ME THE GAME.

TRUE BLUE

November 25th, 2009
10:20 am

YOU GOT TO BE KIDDING ME WITH ARM STRENGTH. THIS KID THROWS FOR 3,750 YARDS AND 30 TOUCHDOWN LAST YEAR AND STILL TICKING WITH OVER 4,200 YARDS PASSING AND 54 TOUCHDOWNS THIS YEAR. HIS TEAM IS 12-0 AND IN THE QUARTER-FINAL.THE COACHES FROM GEORGIA AND THEIR RECRUITING PROCESS IS THE MAIN REASON THEY ARE 6-5 NOW. THEY LOOK FOR TALENT NOT WINNERS. THEY LOOK FOR TALENT NOT HEART IN A PLAYER.THEY LOOK FOR STARS NOT A PLAYER THAT CAN GET THE JOB DONE. THEY LOOK SIZE AND HEIGHT NOT WISDOM. YOU GEORGIA COACHES AND FAN ARE A TRIP. I GUESS IF THIS KID LIVED IN SOUTH FLORIDA OR TEXAS OR NORTH CAROLINA MARK RICHT WOULD BE IN HIS JOCK BUT SINCE HE DON’T YOU HAVE TO HAVE A EXCUSE FOR NOT OFFERING HIM YET.

Lawrence

November 25th, 2009
12:08 pm

Does anyone know if any of the other Lassiter players have been offered scholarships

lhs

November 25th, 2009
12:32 pm

the Middle Linebacker for lassiter has an offer from Bowling Green in the MAC. He is number 43. The out side line backer number 34 Marcus stokes is comitted to Western Carolina. NO OTHER OFFENSIVE PLAYERS ON LASSITERS TEAM EVEN HAVE A SINGLE OFFER. ITS AMAZING WHAT THEY ARE DOING.

lakerga

November 25th, 2009
2:44 pm

The fact that griffin Rolle doesnt have a single offer yet is just amazing. This kid is unbelievable. he catches everything thown to him and is one of the most elusive and hard to bring down recievers I have ever seen. Its crazy that not one offer has been made.

Joe Cox vs. Dan Marino

November 25th, 2009
8:46 pm

Dan Marino, Pittsburg, 1982
58% completion, 2432 yards, 17 td’s, 23 int’s, 67 pass rating

Joe Cox, Georgia, 2009
56% Completion, 2350 yards, 21 td’s, 14 int’s, 138 pass rating (2 more games to go)

Joe Cox vs. Tom Brady

November 25th, 2009
8:48 pm

Tom Brady 1998 Michigan
131 Effic., 15 td’s, 12 int’s, 2636 yards

Joe Cox 2009 Georgia
139 Effic, 21 td’s, 14 int’s, 2350 yards (2 games to go)

Joe Cox vs. Tim Tebow

November 25th, 2009
8:51 pm

Cool Stuff:

Cox-
23 TD’S, 2350 passing yards, 10 sacks (2 games to go)

Tebow-
14 TD’s, 1945 yards, 23 sacks

DM

November 25th, 2009
11:07 pm

Watched Hutson completely shred apart the North Forsyth Raiders a couple of weeks ago. I was very impressed at how accurate he was with the deep ball. His receivers dropped several that hit them dead square in the hands.

He struggled during the first 2 possessions in a 5-wide set. North was blitzing him just about every play which caused an interception and a 3-and-out series. Once they added a single back to pickup the blitz, it was all over from there. A string of TD passes followed.

And then they follow that effort with 70 points the week after. Its a good system, but the kid can play. I’ve never seen anything like that in HS.

AMG

November 26th, 2009
8:21 am

joe cox vs Marino, Brady and Tebow. Tebow third round draft choice, Brady, second round, Marino first round. Cox, undrafted and unsigned. Get over it Cox should NOT be mentioned in the same breath with these three guys.