Hutson Mason will let the world know tonight what team he committed to six days ago. His prerecorded announcement airs on the show “In the Huddle” at 9 p.m. on Comcast Sports Southeast.
The record-setting quarterback from Lassiter High actually informed his future coaches last Wednesday night and told “In the Huddle” host and Rivals.com recruiting analyst Jamie Newberg when they taped the show this past Thursday afternoon.
“No one else knows,” Mason said. “Actually I’ve got a lot of family members that have been asking me and I just tell them to watch Tuesday night. I’ve had a lot of players ask me but I haven’t told them either. I’m keeping it quiet.”
Mason said will utilize the tried-and-true method of picking up the cap of the school he chooses and placing it on his head during the show. He will choose between Georgia, Clemson and Mississippi State.
“I think it’s a good opportunity for me and it’s something I’ll remember for the rest of my life,” Mason said. “It’s a special event for me and something I wanted to do.”
Mason has experience at both keeping secrets and being on TV. He was one of eight rising-senior quarterbacks selected to participate in the reality series “The Ride.” The elimination-style show pitted the quarterbacks in a weeks-long skills competition judged by famous quarterbacks coaches and scouts.
Taped this past summer but not airing until late this fall, Mason never let on about his fate. As it turned out, he was eliminated very early in the series.
Mason, however, is getting the last laught. So far he’s the only one of the group to attract dozens of major offers. After passing for a state-record 4,522 yards and 54 touchdowns and leading Lassiter to a 13-1 record, Mason ended up with scholarship offers from Georgia, Clemson, Mississippi State, Florida State, Virginia, Cincinnati, UAB, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Western Michigan and Toledo.
“I’m not going to lie,” Mason said. “It feels good.”
Other recruiting news . . .
Norcross offensive lineman Max Garcia committed to Maryland over the weekend. The 6-foot-5, 275-pound tackle chose the Terrapins over Clemson and Vanderbilt . . . Lovett defensive back Taylor Mack committed to UConn, coach Mike Mushchamp said.