Well, the wait is officially over as the record-breaking quarterback out of Lassiter High School has made his decision—he's a Georgia Bulldog.
Hutson Mason had the entire college football community eating out of his proverbial hands for the last seven-days as they waited for him to publicly announce his decision.
He did so in grand fashion tonight, surrounded by family and friends at Fox Sports Grille in Atlanta, GA. His reason for choosing the Dawgs over both Clemson and Mississippi State, "I just think it’s a good fit.”
As a senior at Lassiter High School in Marietta, GA, Mason has been on the Bulldogs radar for quite some time now, but was initially told that he would not be offered this season due to the Dawgs not taking a quarterback in the 2010 class.
All that changed on Dec. 2, 2009 when Mark Richt called Mason to let him know that Georgia would be taking that quarterback after all and he was the guy they wanted—Mason was through the roof as the Dawgs had always been the kind of school he wanted to play for.
Many thought that the level of competition offered next season by two returning freshman, would deter Mason from the red and black, but he stated from the start that he was not afraid of competition, he welcomed the opportunity to compete, and said that no school offered the guarantee of him starting immediately.
In his senior season, Mason compiled 4,522 yards and 55 touchdowns and was named Cobb County Player of the Year.
The knock on him has been that his numbers are inflated due to the system. Lassiter High School runs a spread offense and that means that Mason took a majority of his snaps from the shotgun formation. Georgia runs a pro-style offense which requires the quarterback to take his snaps from under center.
Will Mason have a problem adjusting to the switch? Not likely. The one thing that is clear about Mason to this point is, that he is less a product of the system than he is a good quarterback playing within one.
He has good arm strength, phenomenal footwork, and the ability to learn how to read defenses in the way a pro-style quarterback needs to in order to be successful.
So, even though his numbers look gaudy and inspire skepticism on the parts of many, this kid has the goods and there is no doubt that he will be able to make the transition.
For now, the main thing to know is Hutson Mason is a Georgia Bulldog and that isn't a bad thing, folks.
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