QB Hutson Mason commits but won’t say to whom

Lassiter's Hutson Mason rolls out to pass during his record-setting playoff game against South Gwinnett. (AJC photo by Hyosub Shin)

Lassiter's Hutson Mason rolls out to pass during his record-setting playoff game against South Gwinnett. He threw for 545 yards and 8 TDs that night. (AJC photo by Hyosub Shin)

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.

206 comments Add your comment

GT Fan

December 16th, 2009
8:01 pm

Why Not Georgia Tech? He should stay home and become apart of great things in the making at GT.

The D

December 16th, 2009
8:17 pm

He doesnt want to get stabbed walking to publix! 30-24 nerd!

sleeze

December 16th, 2009
8:25 pm

It definitely isn’t clemson, because they never offered him. That’s been confirmed on a Clemson website.

Larry

December 16th, 2009
8:26 pm

Seriously, who does this 18 year old self-centered, ego maniac who has never thrown a ball in college think he is? I hope he gets “pancaked” on his first passing attempt!

Frank The

December 16th, 2009
8:31 pm

GT FAN–Why would Mason go to a program that runs an option offense when he has been operating the spread (passing) offense for two tears and has set records performing in it?

Are you asleep at the wheel?

SugarHillDawg

December 16th, 2009
8:32 pm

Gt Fan, you seriously think this kid is cut out to run that offense??

BULLDOG MOM

December 16th, 2009
8:37 pm

I hope he comes to Georgia. He will be a part of a great team. Things are falling into place for a strong run.with many very talented players on board. Athens is a great collage town and Mark Richt is the kind of coach every player deserves. He doesn’t yell and scream at them, but treats them with respect and dignity. He will hire the right defensive coordinator.

layinlow

December 16th, 2009
8:41 pm

Frank, just let it go. Were talking about a pimple face geek who doesn’t understand football. He probably doesn’t even have a clue what a spread offense is about.

Mrs. Claytor

December 16th, 2009
8:46 pm

Reason he don’ts wants to go to Tech is cause he didn’t want to have a signing party @ the ESPN Zone and get stiffed by the freeloading Tech fans like me and my son did. Bunch of two bit nerds!!!
To tops it off theys don’t even lets my son plays unless someone gets hurt or cants remember the snap counts.

RomeDawg

December 16th, 2009
8:49 pm

Larry,

Pleae try to keep in mind your ARE talking about an 18 year old KID! Don’t be jealous NOBODY every cared enough about anything you said to show you this kind of attention.

MauiDAWG

December 16th, 2009
8:56 pm

Enough of the drama. He’s going to Georgia

GJE

December 16th, 2009
9:00 pm

Georgia dominates Tech……60-39-5

OrlandoDawg

December 16th, 2009
9:00 pm

Aaron Murray for the forseeable future. This kid will never see the field.

mike on lake hartwell

December 16th, 2009
9:14 pm

he wont see the field at clemzun either.
they have taj boyd in the wings.

my guess is miss st

but he will go to uga if he wants to be
the next cox.

raymond

December 16th, 2009
9:18 pm

If he selects UGA I don’t see him getting much time for at least three years.

indianman

December 16th, 2009
9:21 pm

go to georgia and play for the bulldogs

Deputy Dawg

December 16th, 2009
9:23 pm

@ Larry………I am with you. What an egotistical PUNK. We don’t need him and don’t want him as a Bulldog. These freaking 18 year old snot nose kids think they are God’s gift to sports! Go to Tech Mason!

Deputy Dawg

December 16th, 2009
9:25 pm

@ BULLDOG MOM …….get off the crack pipe lady.

Dawg1970

December 16th, 2009
9:28 pm

Love to have him in Athens. I believe the reason he is letting the team know tomorrow is because they told him that the offer couldn’t wait until January. Take it or leave it, there’s other good prospects out there. We’re already holding one spot for Lattimore.

Paul From Milton

December 16th, 2009
9:36 pm

@Deputy Dawg…grow up junior.

we beat vandy-- yeah!!!

December 16th, 2009
9:40 pm

Georgia vs. Miss St.– tough choice!

BG

December 16th, 2009
9:42 pm

30 to 24 hahahaha !!!

StuGA1

December 16th, 2009
9:43 pm

Why should Hutson go to UGA….Numbers do not lie…from Georgia Football Historians Site! Some of his records are!

Passing Yards Per Career:
Hutson Mason 8265 2007-2009
Mike Bobo 5167 1989-1992
David Green 5029 1997-1999

Most Touchdowns in a Season 54

Passing Yards in a game 552 in 2009…of the top 12 players on the list he has four games that are records.

This young man deserves to be a Dawg…We will be “Giddy” when he selects…

I have watched him for three years…Chch Lindsey helped him to be great…Richt and Bobo will take him to the next level!

The compettion for QB at UGA will be awesome…He and Ealey who hold the number 1 HS running back records will be an unstoppable team…imagine if Caleb and AJ kick in…do not forget this young man completed 75% of his passes!

Go Dawgs!

BULLDAWGDAD

December 16th, 2009
9:48 pm

I HAVE A CRUSH ON BULLDAWG OM

BULLDAWGDAD

December 16th, 2009
9:48 pm

Justafan

December 16th, 2009
9:49 pm

Enter your comments here

we beat vandy-- yeah!!!

December 16th, 2009
9:50 pm

StuGA1- what does passing records have to do with a kid in high school? 75% completion of passing– in HIGH School. Another GA fan with no clue

6-AAAAA Observor

December 16th, 2009
9:51 pm

If he signs with Georgia, that’s a potential mistake by both parties. Georgia really doesn’t need him and his chances of ever getting meaningful playing time there are slim.

As a Georgia grad and as someone who has seen Mason play, I think he would be better off at a mid-level D1 school where he would be much more likely to see action. And maybe more importantly, a team that runs an offense closer to what he ran at Lassiter.

Roswell’s QB from a few years back probably could have gone to a higher level school than Samford, but decided to go there and was the starter as a freshman. His teammates who went to UNC, Duke, Oregon & Northwestern are getting splinters on the bench.

Considering who he is going to be competing against, if Mason goes to Georgia, it may be quite a while before he gets to play. He would not be the first high school standout who thinks he can play at the top level of D1 but may have set his sights a little too high.

Maybe I’m wrong and Georgia is the place for him, but I wouldn’t bet on it.

thrash223

December 16th, 2009
9:52 pm

If hes smart he’ll go to Clempsun. He be able to play right away. This is Kyle Parker’s last season… He’ll be playing pro-baseball next season after the MLB draft. UGA has 2+ QB ahead of this kid. He won;t get quality reps for 2, maybe three years.

At Clempsun he’ll have a chance to compete for a starting job right away.

GT Fan

December 16th, 2009
9:52 pm

Where ever you go Good Luck. Just make sure you don’t get in a log jam and miss a year are two. God Bless.

dawgfan13

December 16th, 2009
10:04 pm

Hmmm This is a tough call. This guy seems to have all the intangibles, but I just think Aaron Murray is going to be a beat throwing and running the football.

Top Dawg

December 16th, 2009
10:05 pm

Did Paul Johnson threaten to punch this kid in the nose if went to UGA?

Corey

December 16th, 2009
10:07 pm

What bowl is Georgia playing in again? Right NO ONE CARES!!!!

murfdawg

December 16th, 2009
10:08 pm

Do you think there is something really bad wrong with Murray’s arm?
Can Mettenberger throw the ball with something on it?
Have the Dawgs really given up on Gray?

If he chooses Georgia, I would be concerned that there is something wrong with Murray.

Recruits and fanfare

December 16th, 2009
10:11 pm

I’m so over the wait and see which “lucky” team gets to sign a recruit. As far as I’m concerned
the AJ Green method of announcing intentions is the standard. Tell the coach, make a statement and play ball. No fanfare, no “reality shows” no hide and seek. Gimme a freaking break! Good luck wherever you go young man…try to keep the perspective.

Gary

December 16th, 2009
10:14 pm

Those of you saying he shouldn’t go to UGA because of the depth the Dawgs already have at the QB position obviously don’t coach. You never go the route where “well, we already have two very good recruits who are in competition for the QB job this season, so we won’t recruit another one.” You never know what the future holds and just how Murray or Zetenberger(sp?) pan out. If you have a scholar available and you think this kid can help – you offer him the scholarship. Who knows, he may beat out Murray for the job in August. You just don’t know what will happen.

ButlerDawg

December 16th, 2009
10:14 pm

Towers,
The “Jiminy Cricket” reference was totally unnecessary and completely gay!

Gary

December 16th, 2009
10:16 pm

murf, nothing is wrong with Murray or Mettenberger(got it right this time). Coaches don’t want to take a position like QB and rely on just two unprovens. The more people competing for that job the better. Plus with the injury risk in football you can never have too many QBs. Just ask Coach Bobo. Theres a reason Hines Ward played QB at one time.

Dawg1970

December 16th, 2009
10:24 pm

Gary, you are 100% on target. UGA gave 2 QB scholarships in 2004 to
highly regarded prospects (*** Blake Barnes and **** AJ Bryant who was rated the 10th best QB prospect in the country) In 2005 we had one QB scholarship (**** Joe Cox). Mason may be the next Matthew Stafford. Let’s at least give him a chance. Welcome to the Dawg Nation, Hutson

uga121

December 16th, 2009
10:30 pm

And Mettenberger may transfer out when he doesn’t get the start….kinda doubt it with his mother working in the athletic dept. but could very well happen.

Gator Man

December 16th, 2009
10:31 pm

sleeze

December 16th, 2009
10:31 pm

Thrash, stop flapping your jowls before you hurt yourself. A skinny kid like Mayson would never see the field at “klempson”. They have a 5 star QB named Tahj Boyd just waiting to take over next season. “Gauwgia” is his best shot for playing time.

Reptillicide

December 16th, 2009
10:33 pm

Oh jeez some of y’all are retarded.

First off, Mason will redshirt his first year at UGA, which will put him a year behind Murray/Mett and he will have potentially 1-2 years to start.

Second, GT will never land a pro-style QB as long as Paul Johnson is head coach, and I doubt he’d recruit one.

Third, pull the stick out of your ass and quit jumping on the kid for doing what every other recruit does by announcing his decision and holding out on announcing it out of respect for what the school he committed to asked him to do.

I do expect Mason will commit to UGA. Clemson hasn’t offered him a scholly per rivals, and I can’t see any reason on God’s green earth why he would choose Starkville over Athens.

cooter

December 16th, 2009
10:39 pm

Missy State it is. Good choice.

Amen Reptillicide

December 16th, 2009
10:50 pm

Amen to what Reptillicide said…and another thing…any of you geniuses ever hear of the word depth? Man, you got it all figured out. I guess everybody on the team is on the “perfect 4 years and a trophy” plan. Remember these words: Nothing ever goes as planned. I’ll take every record setting QB, DB, RB, any position, that we can get at UGA. That’s how you win games against the best competition in the country. Period.

Spiller Time

December 16th, 2009
10:50 pm

Thrash you must be new to the cfb scene. Parker is done?? Said who? BTW, he’ll never get a snap with Army All American MVP Boyd stepping in next fall. No competition LMAO!!

Get your facts straight dummy!

Bobby Dodd is a loser

December 16th, 2009
10:53 pm

He is not considering Tech because he does not prefer fat, nerdy, or non-english speaking women. What a thrill it would be to play in front of 30,000 fans with pocket protectors. A place so prestigious in tradition as you walk into the stadium you get confronted by homeless people & bums. A place where they have to sell partial season tickets to get people to show up to the game. A place where you see power houses every week like Duke, Wake Forest, NC State, & Maryland. This guy must be stupid to not want to go to Tech.

lakerga

December 16th, 2009
10:59 pm

I like it when a kid pays back the people who have supported him along the way. Do any of you haters think that he called up the station and asked to do it this way. More likely the begged him for it. let him enjoy a great time in his life. Remember he is still in high school.

Dawg

December 16th, 2009
10:59 pm

This kid is going to UGA hands down. If not look at his comments after his vist last weekend to UGA. UGA needs a kid from UGA who was raised to bleed red and black and beat up nerds every year. Look at this guy’s tapes on You Tube. This guys look like an Eric Zier. His throws into the end zone look a lot like Eric. However this guy is taller than Eric.

Spiller Time needs to shut up. Clemson got beat by Tech. The only difference between Clemson and Tech is they suck worse than Tech. CJ Spiller would have been a 3rd string back in the SEC and pumping gas.

ckgator

December 16th, 2009
11:04 pm

I thought with Kiffin at the helm, every player in the state of Georgia was automatically going to Tennessee. What…. the Orange Pride girls didn’t pay a visit?