Hutson Mason’s big reveal: ‘I’m a Dog, baby’

Lassiter quarterback Hutson Mason on Tuesday night finally told the world what he’d told Georgia coaches six days ago.

“I’m going to be spending the next four years of my life in Athens,” the record-setting signal caller said. “I’m a Dog, baby!”

Mason finally shared the news of his commitment to the Bulldogs — he chose them over Clemson and Mississippi State — Tuesday night on the cable television show “In the Huddle,” which aired on Comcast Sports Southeast (CSS). The show was actually videotaped at the CSS studios in Norcross last Thursday afternoon. Mason informed the Bulldogs’ coaches the night before that.

He unveiled the news to me last Thursday night, but under the agreement that I not report it until the show aired. And that’s what we did.

“I even told some family members they’d have to watch the show,” Mason said with a laugh.

All the planning and secrecy was old hat for Mason. He was one of the quarterbacks selected to participate in the newfangled sports TV reality series “The Ride,” which was taped last summer but didn’t air until late this fall. Mason was voted off early in that elimination-by-panel-of-judges competition and had to keep the results under wraps for months.

Now Mason appears like the big winner. He set the state passing record with 4,560 yards and 54 touchdowns while leading Lassiter to a 13-1 record this past season, which helped generate a bevy of scholarship offers. In addition to his three finalists Mason had offers from Florida State, Virginia and Cincinnati along with about 10 mid-major college football programs.

It was an especially impressive list considering Mason began the season not knowing if he would land even one FBS (Division I) offer.

“It feels good, I’m not going to lie,” he said. “Because, at the beginning of the season, you had all those people that comment on the AJC blog and in the chatrooms saying I’d never get an SEC offer. I read them all the time and I used it as motivation. When you hear that you can’t do something over and over, it kind of motivates you to prove them wrong. I don’t have the arm to play in the SEC or the size or the mobility, all those naysayers. It just goes to show you don’t listen to what people say and believe in yourself.”

Or, in this case, you listen to them and prove them wrong.

Mason certainly made believers out of the Bulldogs, who initially had not planned to take a quarterback in the 2010 class. But they were fully aware of Mason and his abilities.

Mason went to Georgia’s camp this past summer and that’s when offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Mike Bobo first took an interest in him.

“I really lit it up in front of Coach Bobo,” Mason recalled. “I did very, very well that day. I was on, I can tell you that. That was probably one of my best camps throwing-wise I’ve ever had. My arm felt good, my timing was right and everything was on rhthym. That really impressed Bobo. He was just so shocked about the improvement I had made. And I was doing it all under center. Everybody said I was a system guy that could only play out of the shotgun and I can’t take five steps, but this was under center.”

At the end of the camp, Mason sat down with Bobo.

“He said, ‘Look, I’m really impressed, but we’re not going to take a quarterback in this class right now. Something might happen and that could change. So you just take care of what you can take care of and go out there and have the best season you can and maybe something will happen.’

“I didn’t talk to him for maybe four months after that. Then all of the sudden, something happened. I had a really good year and it’s history from there really.”

Unlike most people in these parts, Mason didn’t have any direct connections to UGA. His parents both grew up out of state and attended other colleges. So he didn’t grow up dreaming of being a Bulldog.

But Mason has long dreamed of playing quarterback on the highest level possible. And it was that that attracted him to Georgia.

“The best comment that I ever heard was what [Detroit Lions coach] Jim Schwartz said about Matthew Stafford,” Mason said. “He said he was the most prepared rookie he had ever seen in his 30 years of coaching. He came in and ran an NFL offense right out of college with no problem. That says much about Mike Bobo and how he can develop quarterbacks as it does about Stafford.”

Georgia currently has three quarterbacks on its roster. He comes in behind rising junior Logan Gray and redshirt freshmen Zach Mettenberger and Aaron Murray. The initial plans are for Mason to redshirt his first season. But nothing is certain.

“If Logan Gray moves to receiver [as has been discussed], then I come in as the No. 3 quarterback behind Mettenberger and Murray,” Mason said. “Then you never know what could happen as far as injury. If somebody goes down then I’m the second guy and I’d have to be ready to go. I think Coach Bobo plans on redshirting me and I plan on redshirting but I wouldn’t say that’d be 100 percent.”

In any case, Mason said he’s thrilled with his decision and declared his recruitment closed.

“I feel like in Coach Richt I’m not only playing for the best coach in America but a coach who genuinely cares about young men in general,” he said. “Educational wise, an institution like Georgia, an in-home institution, when I graduate there with a major in communications, I think it will be a big asset for me when I go into the business world. It should create immense opportunities for jobs being a football player from Georgia with a degree from Georgia. Then there’s the talent I’m going to have around me, guys like Alec Ogletree and Da’Rick Rogers and Kolton Houston and Brent Benedict. They’re some of the best guys in the country, and there are some many of them. You just think, ‘Shoot, they can make me better.’ That went into it, too.

“I just think it’s a good fit.”

And that, he said, is no secret.

619 comments Add your comment

ozzfest

December 22nd, 2009
9:05 pm

Just don’r cry!

DB8

December 22nd, 2009
9:06 pm

DB8

December 22nd, 2009
9:06 pm

ARRRRRGH.. FIRST LOSER

goldwreck

December 22nd, 2009
9:08 pm

I guess he realizes Bobo is still there.Now that Georgia has figured out they can run the ball they get somebody that can throw it.They do not know how to mix it up.Congratulations to him.

Finebaum

December 22nd, 2009
9:09 pm

Wow. Welcome to the Club. Cheers.

$1.4 million Shreveport vs. our $14 million BCS Orange bowl

December 22nd, 2009
9:09 pm

Congratulations Hutson!

Not Disappointed

December 22nd, 2009
9:10 pm

Good for you young man and great for the dawg nation. Glad to see more talent stay in the state.

Ramblin Wreck!

dooley

December 22nd, 2009
9:12 pm

i still think that we need a more athletic qb, but good luck young man.

mr me

December 22nd, 2009
9:12 pm

I think it was smart to pick up a QB this year, since Logan will probably change positions. I hope Logan pans out since he does have the athleticism to make things happen. Good luck to Mason he could turn out to be a diamond in the rough, he does have the size and it looks like he has a pretty good arm.

dawgstephen

December 22nd, 2009
9:13 pm

I think any young man that is as happy as he is to be a Bulldog is a welcome sight. Good luck to him at UGA. Welcome to the family.

Oh, brother

December 22nd, 2009
9:15 pm

“I really lit it up in front of Coach Bobo,” Mason recalled. “I did very, very well that day. I was on, I can tell you that. That was probably one of my best camps throwing-wise I’ve ever had. My arm felt good, my timing was right and everything was on rhthym. That really impressed Bobo. He was just so shocked about the improvement I had made”…
Well, he sounds like a humble young man…I’m sure he’ll be a joy to coach.

Calvin Ruff Ruff

December 22nd, 2009
9:16 pm

Congrats Hutson Mason!!! It’s great to be a Georgia Bulldog!!! I wish you all the best in Athens.

FL Dawg

December 22nd, 2009
9:16 pm

Congratulations young man. Welcome to Dawg Nation. Keep up the hard work and good things will come.

Jason

December 22nd, 2009
9:16 pm

Congrats kid but my doesn’t he should sure of himself?

GarDner

December 22nd, 2009
9:16 pm

Sounds a bit full of himself.

Welcome aboard... from B'ham, AL

December 22nd, 2009
9:17 pm

Welcome to the Bulldawg Nation Hutson. We’re glad to have ya.

bye bye Alabama

December 22nd, 2009
9:18 pm

Kirby Smart is coming to UGA. Chalk it on the board. It will be announced after the National Championship game.

JEJ

December 22nd, 2009
9:18 pm

Welcome to the Bulldog Nation!

Logan, if you're listening...

December 22nd, 2009
9:18 pm

Logan, we’re stacked a wr next year. Switch to safety, with your athleticism you’d be a factor, and another in the line of qb’s who came to UGA and switch to the defensive side and excelled, guys like Thomas Davis, Sean Jones, back to guys like Dicky Clark and more. You go to wideout, and you’ll get on the field to catch punts, period.

GWJ

December 22nd, 2009
9:18 pm

UGA dominates Tech in the series……60-39-5

mike on lake hartwell

December 22nd, 2009
9:19 pm

no better coach in the country to prepare you for life
and to learn the qb position.

nice choice.
now, GATA! GO DAWGS!

AlphG8r

December 22nd, 2009
9:20 pm

“I’m going to be spending the next four years of my life being mediocre in Athens,” the record-setting signal caller said. “I’m a loser, baby!” so why don’t you killl me

Dooley

December 22nd, 2009
9:20 pm

Wow, just what UGA needs….another primadonna. Can you say bench warmer?

dawgs1983

December 22nd, 2009
9:20 pm

great pick up for us dawgs

Marcus

December 22nd, 2009
9:20 pm

8 out of 9 tickle pilers!

bone

December 22nd, 2009
9:21 pm

Good for him. Sounds like he is really excited to be a Dawg. I am kinda surprised he didn’t go somewhere where he will play sooner, but there is nothing wrong with having high expectations for himself.

Good luck

http://dawgsvsjackets.blogspot.com/

Kirby Smart

December 22nd, 2009
9:21 pm

bye bye, keep it quiet! No one is supposed to know. It came down to dollars, actually Coach Satan, I mean Saban, offered me more money, but Coach Righteous, I mean Richt, said that he’d throw in a lifetime lunch coupon to Weaver D’s and Wilson’s Soul Food. That trumps that greasy streak of fat they call ribs at Nightmareland anyday.

we've been to 3 $14mm BCS bowls to your 1 $14mm BCS bowl that is considered the worst BCS bowl in history

December 22nd, 2009
9:22 pm

blah blah blah

UA Alum92

December 22nd, 2009
9:22 pm

Congrats, Dawgs! Sounds like a good kid. I wonder why Texas, Bama and Miami weren’t interested.

Wish they listed the mid-majors. I guess they thought they had a shot.

AlphG8r

December 22nd, 2009
9:22 pm

i’m a loser

woof woof

December 22nd, 2009
9:23 pm

Another top prospect sent careening into mediocrity…what a shame

Kevin Ramsey

December 22nd, 2009
9:23 pm

I thought that job was mine, man!

Little Cousin of Galesburg

December 22nd, 2009
9:23 pm

“He Rock’s because he’s a Dawg baby!!” (Thats a quote) Also, It’s a lot easier to find Hawkeye stuff in our mall. We could only come up with a $3 Georgia can cuzzie.

Class of '98

December 22nd, 2009
9:24 pm

Why would he lie about it feeling good?

Anyway, congrats to Hutson Mason, from an LHS and UGA grad.

Go dawgs

Bulldawg Nation

December 22nd, 2009
9:24 pm

good job young man. You played well this year and we are privileged to have you apart of the bulldawg nation. congrats

NCR

December 22nd, 2009
9:25 pm

Yeah, but ya still have Bobo calling the plays. LOL!

bamabelle in ga

December 22nd, 2009
9:26 pm

not impressed.

Biomedical Engineer

December 22nd, 2009
9:28 pm

Yea….. communications degree is a really useful degree. I am pretty sure he can already communicate (because he talked to the AJC reporter).

no huggie no kissy

December 22nd, 2009
9:28 pm

congrats hutson!!! i know your grandpa James is smiling down on you from heaven right now even though your not signing with tenn…if your grandmother Patsy reads this she will know who i am just by the name…i use to sing it to your grandpa

Oh good

December 22nd, 2009
9:28 pm

Well at least he’s not a cocky little S.O.B. He’ll fit right in at S.O.B.U.

Toolbox cracker

Still living in 1980

December 22nd, 2009
9:35 pm

Start the hype machine!

Demaryius Thomas = "Da'Butterfingers"

December 22nd, 2009
9:35 pm

You folks trashing this kid are pathetic. That being said, congrats to Mason. I hope he thrives in Athens.

Frank

December 22nd, 2009
9:36 pm

Welcome aboard, now GATA.

THWGT

reality check

December 22nd, 2009
9:36 pm

Congrats Mr. Mason! Welcome to the DAWG Nation! Go DAWGS sic em woof woof woof! Merry Christmas

Hm.

December 22nd, 2009
9:38 pm

IMO, he’s really not that good. A lot of dink and dunk, screens, crossing routes in the shotgun offense he runs. I’ve never seen this guy take a snap under center and he doesn’t possess much arm strength. Against the only good high school defense he played, he threw 0 TDs and 5 picks – not impressed. Hate to say it but he’s never going to see the field before Murray and Mett, and he’ll likely end up as another Joe Cox. I kind of wish Georgia had waited another year to offer a QB because they are already three deep (I know Logan is switching to WR, but he can still play QB). Congrats to Mason but he likely won’t play for at least 4 years as long as Murray and Mettenberger are there, unless he makes a quick transition for the spread to pro-style.

GW

December 22nd, 2009
9:39 pm

Are these all adults making comments about an excited teenager? Why are fans of so many great programs sounding jealous?

Rob

December 22nd, 2009
9:43 pm

Way to go, Chip. Good job in blowing his announcement. Why would you tell a kid you’ll wait with the info he gave you only to throw it out there 45 minutes before he announces???? I hope you feel better about yourself.

Big L

December 22nd, 2009
9:43 pm

MUrray WILL be starter next year. Mettenberger not good enough. Mason will see playing time in well enough time . Go Dawgs!!!

LHS

December 22nd, 2009
9:44 pm

Had to come back for this…Congrats Hutson! Work hard, pray hard and I’m sure you’ll do just what you did in HS.

National Champion Head Coach Nick Saban

December 22nd, 2009
9:44 pm

Kirby,

Please enjoy your time at your alma mater. The million-plus pay raise should certainly help you and the little lady finally get that in-vitro. Sorry she’s not into guys, but then again, she is a former Dawg athlete.

Your plan about coming in as DC / HC in Waiting is brilliant. Use my defense to prove that the real problem is sporting George Hamilton’s tan and Erik Estrada’s haircut. You’ll be wearing the big-boy headset in no time.

However, Kirby, beware: Bulldogs eat their young.

Best of luck!

Nick