Hutson Mason may reveal college choice on national TV

Hutson Mason might know where he is going to play college football very soon. However, he may not let us know until well into January.

Hutson Mason may wait until Jan. 9 to reveal his college choice on national television as part of the reality show "The Ride." (AJC photo)

Hutson Mason may wait until Jan. 9 to reveal his college choice on national television as part of the reality show "The Ride." (AJC photo)

Mason is scheduled to appear at the U.S. Army All-America Bowl in San Antonio, Texas, on Jan. 9. But Lassiter’s record-setting quarterback will not be there to participate in the high school all-star game. He’ll be there as a guest of the sports reality show “The Ride,” of which he and seven other high school quarterbacks were cast members this past summer. The Survivor-style elimination show is still airing episodes on Comcast Sports Southeast and other cable networks.

“For the last episode they’re wanting to bring us all together at the U.S. Army Game and they’ve asked me if I’d be interested in making my decision on national television,” Mason told me this week. “So I might make a silent commitment and not make it public until then. I haven’t decided yet if I’m going to do it. They pay for everything so it might be something I do.”

A lot depends on the school to which Mason decides to commit. He said anything he decides to do will have to be approved by the coaches of the team for which he chooses to play. “You never know, they may want me to make it public that day for whatever reason. There are a lot of things to think about.”

Mason was one of eight “under-the-radar” quarterback prospects selected by Rivals.com personnel to attend the Football University “FBU” Top Gun camp this past summer and be taped for a reality show. Four of the players were eliminated by a panel of professional quarterback coaches after the week-long camp while the remaining four advanced to another camp. The final three quarterbacks were to be judged by how they did during their senior seasons this fall.

Mason was cut during the first elimination round. However, it appears he may have had the most successful senior season. Mason established the state record for passing yards in a single season with 4,522 and passing touchdowns with 54 and his Lassiter team went 12-1 before being eliminated in the quarterfinals of the state playoffs.

And after going the whole season without a single offer from a BCS school, Mason has been inundated with big-time offers. Georgia, Florida State, Virginia and Mississippi State have all want Mason to sign with them on national signing day.

“It really has been overwhelming,” Mason said. “The other night, after the all the schools had offered me, I was lying there in bed thinking about everything and I actually got a headache. I think I was trying to make a decision right then. I realized then I needed to back off and take my time.”

Mason plans to make an official visit to Georgia this weekend.

The other quarterbacks that competed on “The Ride” were: C.J. Bennett of Tampa, Fla.; Cody Fajardo of Anaheim, Calif., William Fiacchi of Marcellus, N.Y., Collin Jones of Oceanside, Calif., Cole Marcoux of The Bronx, N.Y., Marcus McDade of Stockton, Calif., and Malik Stokes of Philadelphia. After McDade was eliminated in last night’s episode, Stokes, Marcoux and Bennett are the three finalists. None of them have as yet landed a major college offer.

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Way to go Chip

December 8th, 2009
1:52 pm

Only 3 typos in this article!

EW

December 8th, 2009
1:59 pm

Hahaha my thoughts exactly. I would love to be an editor for articles here. I charge per typo found, so I know I could be rich.

CBB1

December 8th, 2009
2:11 pm

Way to go Chip and EW,
You two are freakin losers if have nothing better to do than spend your time on this blog pointing out typos. Get a job and move out of your parent’s basement. No typos there LOSERS!!

Great blog Chip. Hopefully, UGA can get Mason so we can light up Tech again next year.

wiley

December 8th, 2009
2:17 pm

This kid has no other big offers besides UGA so of course he will pick them. CBB1…you really didnt light us up as much as you just ran all over us…lets get it right. We will send you post cards from Miami though.

Dawg11

December 8th, 2009
2:18 pm

CBB1, you’re obviously not a professional, and the real loser! When your job involves WRITING, there should be no typos. Just like doctors should get the medications they prescribe right, lawyers must get their cases right, and a plumber has to get the fitting right, WRITERS must get their WORDS right. The substance of the blog was great, but the delivery should be just as good. It’s people like you who don’t appreciate excellence that are stuck in their respective parents’ basement.

Delbert D.

December 8th, 2009
2:22 pm

According to the Marietta Daily Journal, Georgia was the first BCS conference school to offer. Central Mich. was his previous best offer. Mason ran a pure-passing, shotgun formation offense (over 90%), so a redshirt year will be very important in his development. If everything works out, he’ll be the guy 1 year behind Murray and Mettenberger.

Taylor

December 8th, 2009
2:23 pm

oh good god not crap slinging contest about the errors in writing

Captain

December 8th, 2009
2:24 pm

Chip – you should look into what is going on with the NCAA conducting investigation at N Gwinnett HS regarding UT’s recruiting. Add to that Eddie Gran has resigned and taken the RB job at FSU, WR coach has resigned and taken LSU job, and Ed Orgeron reportedly going back to S Cal. Will this affect UT recruiting?

Phat Phil

December 8th, 2009
2:49 pm

@ Captain…..it won’t matter if the assistant coaches leaving UT will affect their recruiting as far as UGA is concerned. UT will OWN Ga. for many years to come. Call you bookie now and take that bet. Have fun in Shreveport Leg-Humpers!

Misdemeanor U.

December 8th, 2009
2:53 pm

Funny how UGA fans say their player arrests are no big deal cause they are happening at UT and FLA. Over here in Texas, we don’t raise our kids to be thugs. Texas is the real national champion.

Tom

December 8th, 2009
2:57 pm

Captain, tell us the one about why Derrick Favors went to GT again! That’s a good one!

Balls Deep.......

December 8th, 2009
2:58 pm

Misdemeanor U, you will not be saying that you are the real nat. champ when bama plays smear the queer with the longhorns. Just wait, its coming.

Dawg Country

December 8th, 2009
3:00 pm

This may be cyberspace, but this is still dawg country. The ajc is located in Georgia, by default this blog is a by-product of the university system of Georgia.

To bad the state of Tennessee sucks so bad that they have to go out and get recruits from other states to win.

Imagine if teams were limited to in-state players. Kind of like in state tuition vs out of state. Florida would rock, Georgia would be great, Alabama would be good, Texas also, California etc etc. Tennessee would be average, why else do they come to Georgia, b/c even if Tennessee Win’s they had to use Georgia to get it done. Funny if you think about it.

The Grinch

December 8th, 2009
3:01 pm

I’m sure this elite passing QB will want to go to tech, what with all the “we’re on the way up and UGA’s on the way down” talk from tech fans and such. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

The Grinch

December 8th, 2009
3:02 pm

Tom

December 8th, 2009
2:57 pm

Gee, I don’t know why Derrick “one and done” Favors went to tech. Perhaps he thought the academics would be easy for his one prep year prior to the NBA. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

The Grinch

December 8th, 2009
3:05 pm

Misdemeanor U.

December 8th, 2009
2:53 pm

Oops, looks like that secret document must have been leaked to all Texans. How else would MU know that all parents in the state of Georgia want to raise their kids to be thugs. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

Chip Towers

December 8th, 2009
3:06 pm

Delbert D.: Virginia was the first BCS school to offer. Georgia was second, Florida State third and Mississippi State fourth, if you’re counting.

Chip Towers

December 8th, 2009
3:07 pm

Captain: We’re looking into the Tennessee situation.

The Grinch

December 8th, 2009
3:08 pm

wiley

December 8th, 2009
2:17 pm

I’m sure he’ll put your postcard right next to the one from the blue field bowl in Idaho. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

DP

December 8th, 2009
3:28 pm

Chip, do you know anything about Adrian Hubbard from Norcross? He committed to Alabama today over FSU and South Carolina. Rated 4 stars by Rivals, 6′7″ 225 pounds, expected to play the Jack linebacker position at Alabama. I read that he has only gotten a lot of attention this year because he switched from basketball to football.

Bremen Dawg

December 8th, 2009
3:37 pm

Pick UGA if you want to have a chance to go first round in the NFL. I don’t care what anybody says but Bobo is a heck of a QB coach.

Grinch I know your husband

December 8th, 2009
3:38 pm

Felony arrest number 6 for UGA –

http://www.cbssports.com/collegefootball/story/12614653/georgia-de-robinson-arrested-on-battery-felony-damage-charges

Representing the state of Georgia with pride. Stay classy. Meanwhile, zero Texas players arrested in last year.

Alabamadawg, who's never gonna visit the Outback Resturant again !!

December 8th, 2009
3:43 pm

I certainly hope the young man commits to the dawgs…but playing time might be the deciding factor, and the dawgs could lose out on that basis alone…

Chip Towers

December 8th, 2009
3:51 pm

DP: Yes, Adrian Hubbard committed to Alabama. Check back this afternoon for a complete report here on the Recruiting Blog.

mike on lake hartwell

December 8th, 2009
3:54 pm

richt always said that the NFL knows how to evaluate
talent and that u dont have to be a starter to make it
in the pros. if u have the tools, you’re in.

Atl Resident

December 8th, 2009
3:55 pm

To all the Georgia fans, what the hell does Favors at Tech got to do with this article? Next, who the hell is going to coach the defense in your independence bowl which won’t be easy win? Why are athletes still staying in trouble? Who’s the next damn QB after all this? With all that said, Georgia has bad issues so there is no way in hell you can talk about Tech.

how2fish

December 8th, 2009
4:15 pm

Misdemeanor U. you will get a chance to make the case for a NC…but I’m thinking Bama will have more than a little to say about it.

jack

December 8th, 2009
4:36 pm

Where some kid goes to college, no matter how well he can toss a football, is not worthy of any national spotlight. What a way to over-inflate an ego!

Dawggie

December 8th, 2009
4:45 pm

Have a friend in FLA (tough to have a fla friend but notice that I didn’t say GOOD friend lol), and there are some rumblings that UGA may have a chance at wooing Matt Elam due to Fla being stacked at the position and FLA having more Safeties committed.

Doesn’t Fla play some funky defensive formation with three actual safeties?

Just wondering if anyone else has heard that rumor?

BTW, I have no idea if Lamo Kiffin is already mucking it up already with the NCAA, but we ran into him Saturday before his College Gameday spot and boy oh boy is did that guy get berated! Tide fans, Gator fans and many UGA fans teaming together to just pile on the insults!! It was a great day.:)

Dawggie

December 8th, 2009
5:26 pm

“A tie was a gift from Heaven,” said Dorsey. “Notre Dame gets knocked out of number one but Tech doesn’t get a win. God is a Bulldog.”

-Just a little scripture from the immortal Lewis Grizzard to lighten the day!

Joe Hamilton

December 8th, 2009
5:36 pm

Y’all must not follow Texas football very much. Ever here of the “Bonghorns”? Sergio Kindle driving a car into an apartment building at 3 AM, with a suspended license from a prior DUI? Cedric Benson? Vince Young? The Longhorns easily lead the state of Texas in arrests every season, just like they have the best team in Texas every season.

Consider them the the “Florida” west of the Mississippi. Or at least the “Georgia Tech”….wait that analogy doesn’t work because the Longhorns go to BCS games every year, not once every 43………

Frank

December 8th, 2009
5:59 pm

“Grinch I know your husband”, you are a tool. Where do you get off saying there have been 6 felony arrests this year? That is an out and out lie and you know it. I guess you need some weak smack to talk before Bama kicks you back to Texas.

THWGT!!!!

Peter warraick

December 8th, 2009
6:01 pm

I quote buck Blue today on 680 the fan when he was talking about Hutson.” If I could coach college football I would want this kid to be my QB there are much more things that go into being a great qb than an arm or footwork and thats what people dont see in Hutson. He will go down as the greastest high school Qb in Georgia High school football and Hutson deserves it with what he has had to go through”

Greg

December 8th, 2009
6:19 pm

Wiley; really? The only “big offer” is UGA? Well, some people who do not necessarily think that UGA is the only good football program in the country would say that getting offers from Virginia, FSU, Florida State and (from what I heard…an offer coming from TN) is pretty significant. But then again, getting an offer from a 7-5 team is pretty good too!

BG

December 8th, 2009
6:27 pm

Mason is all Dawg. He knows Richt is a sure ticket to the NFL.

Denver Dog

December 8th, 2009
7:02 pm

So what is it that will surprise us if the NCAA is investigating UT and Kiffin?

SEC

December 8th, 2009
7:42 pm

In February 2009 the University of Alabama board of trustees gave approval to begin stadium expansion of the south endzone,[2] with a capacity of approximately 101,000,[3] which, upon its completion, will make Bryant-Denny Stadium the largest stadium in the Southeastern Conference, as Neyland Stadium is currently undergoing renovations, which will reduce its current conference-leading seating capacity from 102,037 to 100,011

gi

December 8th, 2009
8:00 pm

really amazing stats. last game 5 int’s with 2 return for td’s. not exactly a can’t miss recruit. joe cox never lost in high school and we all know how that went at UGA

CBB1

December 8th, 2009
8:52 pm

GA Tech to the Orange Bowl-their FIRST major bowl since the 1966 season. Way to brag Jackets!

LHS fan

December 8th, 2009
9:03 pm

I was at all of the Lassiter Games this season and was amazed by how accurate Mason was, and his surprising mobility. I’d love to see him go the FSU, where they operate out of the shotgun most of the time. The loss to Colquitt County was proof that the team that controls the line of scrimmage wins. They had superior line play, and a great defense. Rick Trickett is the offensive line coach at FSU and has turned them around – they should be able to give him the protection he needs to succeed…

CBB1

December 8th, 2009
9:09 pm

Dawg 11,
This is a blog and not a novel. It doesn’t get approved from the sports editor, so typos are going to happen. I think there is a BIG difference between a sports writer having typos and a doctor prescribing the wrong medication. No lawsuit for the sports writer. Never said I was a professional, just wanted the two morons to know it’s not cool to berate the writer of a freaking sports blog. I am emabarrassed that you call yourself a Dawg fan. Must be a closet Tech fan. I would hate to be your son or daughter if you think everything has to consist of “excellence.” Must be great to be perfect, huh?

CBB1

December 8th, 2009
9:50 pm

Wiley,
Either way you slice how I worded the win, UGA still beat Tech. UGA has totally dominated Tech since 1964 and you guys know it. How many times has Tech beaten UGA the last 45 years? You guessed it-an amazing 12 TIMES. WOW!! You guys are closing the gap, huh? I wouldn’t be bragging about going to a BCS Bowl game since it is Tech’s FIRST and their first major bowl (Rose, Orange, Sugar, Fiesta) in 43 YEARS.

I really think it is amusing that you and all the Tech fans are bragging about going to your FIRST BCS Bowl game after UGA has gone to 3 since 2002 and has won 2, plus 2 SEC Championships since 2002. You guys have spent the last 7 bowl seasons on the west coast or in Boise, with the exception the Chick-Fil-A Bowl last year in which LSU embarrassed you in your backyard.

Florida has owned us since 1990 and I don’t go on blogs and brag about when we beat them 3 years ago. You know why, because I know they have dominated us the last 20 years, just like UGA has OWNED GA Tech since 1964. When you guys start dominating UGA over the next 10 years, which won’t happen as long as Richt is there, then you can start bragging. Every team has their down years like UGA this year. I am not the least bit worried. I would be worried if Richt didn’t fire the 3 coaches.

By the way. How many times has GA Tech beaten Florida State since 1992? TWICE. GA Tech beat them in their down years. Guess what? Florida State will be back and Miami is just getting started. Oh, but Miami beat you guys the last 2 years with a new coach.

CBB1

December 8th, 2009
10:14 pm

I agree Greg. Wiley, how can you say that offers from Virginia, Florida State and Miss State aren’t significant? All three of these programs are good even though all 3 have new head coaches. I am surprised you would say this since Florida State has owned GA Tech since 1992 and you guys beat them in 2008 and 2009-their 2 worse years since Bowden took over.

If he lands at Florida State, Virginia or UGA, I hope he “lights” you guys up. I am sure he will if Dave Wommack is still your DC.

tenn.DAWG

December 8th, 2009
10:48 pm

There has to be something to all these defections at utk,and the talk about kiffin,which I don’t think surprises anyone.If the Georgia pipeline is cut off,the kiffin’s gonads might as well be,utk can’t win in anything without Georgia players.

Red Dog 77

December 9th, 2009
1:40 am

Im with ya CBB1, Yer dern tootin buddy, I can tell you are a real DOG!! OH and by the way Mr. Wiley, We did I agree we ran right smack dab over you . Kind of a man thing Wiley, dont suppose you would know alot about that!!! GO DOGS!!!!!

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richtisthenewfulmer

December 9th, 2009
6:50 am

bg Richt is a ticket to the nfl, how do you figure. kid is a system qb. if tex tech don’t want him why would a pro style offense. ps Stafford would be in the nfl even if he went to smu

tenn.DAWG

December 9th, 2009
7:11 am

There has to be something to all these infections at uga,and the talk about syphillis, VD, herpes,which I don’t think surprises anyone.If the Georgia players johnsons are cut off, then richt’s gonads might as well be, uga can’t win in anything with infected Georgia players.

Dooley's Cardiologist

December 9th, 2009
9:46 am

This kids good. It’s a shame schools took the wait and see approach on him. It will come back to bite them in the end. Good Luck to him.

TuckDAWG

December 9th, 2009
10:07 am

atl resident we can say whatever we want about u techies just like you guys did last year 30-24 hahahhahahahaha dont worry about our bowl game you just try to win only the second significant bowl you have been to since 1967 lol DAWGS run this state