There's a new quarterback on the scene in Cobb County in Marietta, Georgia. He's a junior and his name is Hutson Mason from Lassiter High School. Mason, 6-2 and 185 pounds, has thrown for 1,247 yards (92/137), 12 scores and two interceptions in only four games this season.
Why the big numbers? There's a new coach at Lassiter named Chip Lindsey. Lindsey took the Lassiter job back in early February. He was previously at Hoover (Ala.) High School, serving there as the offensive coordinator. Like Hoover they are running the Tony Franklin offense, throwing the football all over the place. It's all starts with Mason.
"Mason's mechanics have improved tremendously and he has really excelled in this offense," said coach Lindsey. "In what we do he will do so well and put up big numbers. Mason's getting better each time out. He has a knack for throwing the ball to the right place and he can throw with touch. His arm strength is better each day."
In the old Lassiter offense they were predominantly a run team. Now they are throwing the football and throwing it effectively.
"He's really learning now how to throw. That's not a shot at the previous coaches here. Its just the offense he's now in. Mason will get better. He just needs to have a great off-season, go to all the camps and combines and get his name out there.
"He's just new to the (recruiting) scene. A lot of schools have inquired and he's getting mail from some people. I am really not sure if he's SEC player or a mid-major guy. But I do believe that at this time next year he will be a really good player."
Tennessee, Georgia, and Auburn are three of Mason's favorite schools. Lassiter has an off-week coming up. During that time the coaching staff will mail out tapes to college programs of Mason's first five or so games.