Lassiter quarterback Hutson Mason has made up his mind on his college choice and he’ll make an announcement tomorrow.
But the world won’t know what he decided until Tuesday night.
Mason told me he is informing the coaches of the lucky team tonight (Wednesday). He’ll reveal that choice to Rivals.com’s Jamie Newberg tomorrow (Thursday) afternoon while taping the show “In the Huddle” for CSS-TV. But Mason has made an agreement with Newberg and CSS not to go public with the decision until the show airs Tuesday night. So you can expect to hear the news from me right around the same time. It’s between Georgia, Clemson and Mississippi State.
This announcement thing has kind of taken on a life of its own for Mason, who set the single-season state passing record this year with 4,522 yards and 54 touchdowns.
At one point he was considering making the announcement on TV at the U.S. Army High School All-America Bowl in San Antonio, Texas, on Jan. 9. It was at the behest of producers of a reunion show for the reality series of which he was a part, “The Rise.” Thankfully, Mason decided he didn’t want to wait that long.
Then he was telling me as late as Wednesday afternoon he was going to do it Monday at 7:30 p.m. at a Fox Sports Grill in Atlanta. It wasn’t until I texted him Wednesday evening to get the exact location of the restaurant that he informed me of this latest wrinkle.
“The coaching staff of the school I chose wanted me to let them know so I figured I’d go ahead and do it this way,” said Mason, clearly a little frazzled by all the twists and turns.
What do I think?
I wish Hutson would just pick up the phone and call me after he informed the school of his choice, but that’s not the way it works these days. Everything is a negotiated deal it seems. And I’m not sure if they can keep his choice quiet that long, especially in these mouthy days of the Internet. But that is these kids’ prerogatives and I don’t blame them for getting a little attention and having some fun with it.
As for a prediction, I’d say forecasts appear favorable for Georgia. Mason emerged genuinely giddy from that official visit with the Bulldogs this past weekend. He has taken only a one-day unofficial to Clemson since. And while he said “it was great” of that trip and the unofficial visit to Mississippi State the week before, I just didn’t detect the same passion I did post-Athens. He says he eliminated FSU last week so it’s coming down to those three. Well, I guess he could surprise us all and go with one of his early offers from Western Michigan or UAB, but I doubt it.
In any case, it has been really enjoyable watching Mason’s recruitment steadily pick up steam all year. I’m sure he’ll be really happy to have it all behind him. I will, too.