June 11, 2009

Mason felt workout went well

Lassiter quarterback Hutson Mason could barely contain his excitement when asked about his performance during Thursday's camp at Georgia.

One day after he performed for coaches at Alabama, Mason was in Athens showing his stuff for the Bulldogs, an effort the rising senior ranks up with one of his best in the past year.

"It went really well," Mason told UGASports. "I just came back from Alabama and yesterday and today was the best I've thrown the ball all year."

Mike Bobo was apparently impressed.

After the workout, Mason said and his father met with the Georgia offensive coordinator for 45 minutes where they talked about his progress and chances for an eventual offer.

"Coach Bobo told me, 'Man, I'm not saying you looked bad in the spring, but you came out today and improved your stock tremendously.' He said I could play SEC football," Mason said. "After that, we went to his office for and talked. He me that since (Nick) Montana went to Washington, there were still two or three other quarterbacks that they were looking at, but he really liked what he saw in me and would be getting back."

Mason has been invited back for another camp at Georgia scheduled for July 18, although the quarterback also has a 7-on-7 competition scheduled with his Lassiter team for that same day.

Currently, Mason's only big-time offer is from Iowa, but he believes more may soon be on the way. At least he hopes so.

"I'm hoping if I can get one or two from the SEC, others will be on the way," Mason said. "I think a lot of doors would open."

Mason's numbers are certainly eye-popping.

As a junior, he completed 292 of 420 passes (69.5%) for 3,705 yards and 31 touchdowns. After leading Lassiter High to a 9-3 record in 2008, he earned first team all-state honors and was named Offensive Player of the Year in Georgia's Class 5A by the Associated Press.

"Obviously, I would love Georgia to offer but I also understand that they need to find the best fit," Mason said. "I know they signed two Elite 11 quarterbacks (Aaron Murray and Zach Mettenberger) last year, but he said I could be an SEC quarterback. To hear that from someone like Coach Bobo kind of gave me a chill."

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