Hands down one of the hottest prospects in the entire nation is quarterback Hutson Mason from Marietta, Georgia. You would be to if you led your team to a 12-1 campaign after throwing for 4,582 yards, 57 touchdowns and completing 74% of your passes. That's what Mason did this season. And over the past few weeks, big time programs took notice, as Mason fielded recent scholarship offers from Georgia, FSU, Virginia, and Mississippi State. He expects another big one later this week.
"I am going to Clemson for an unofficial visit on Wednesday and I am 99% sure they are going to offer me," Mason said. "I have with coach (Billy) Napier and coach (Kevin) Steele. Clemson had a real good season, they were almost ACC champs and they lost (Willy) Korn who is transferring. That's an intriguing situation for me."
Meanwhile, Mason took an official visit to Georgia this past weekend. Despite being close to Athens he rarely made the short trip to see the Bulldogs.
"Well, Georgia didn't start recruiting me until about two weeks ago. For whatever reason I just didn't go up there and they never recruited me hard.
"I have to say that I absolutely loved the trip. It's just a great school where you get that college experience. That's what I think of when I think of Athens. There is a lot to do. Georgia has great people, great kids and I have relationships with them. The guys play with a great desire to win and you know Georgia always brings in talent. Coach (Mark) Richt is a family guy that cares about his players and has your back."
Last week Mason made an unofficial visit to Mississippi State. He was blown away by what he saw in Starkville.
"Oh man I liked it a lot. Coach (Dan) Mullen and their QB coach were not there but coach (John) Hevesy showed me around. I think people don't realize how nice their facilities are. They have new dorms that are huge and thee weight room is nice. I was very impressed with their intensity. Heck, they have six weight training coaches just for football. The visit surprised me a little bit. Now I can compare them with Georgia and it's about the same."
Last week, Georgia and Florida State offered Mason on the same day. Since then he has not heard from the Seminoles.
"It was one of those things; they offered and I never heard back from them. I thought it was bizarre.
"Right now I just feel comfortable with Georgia, Clemson and Mississippi State. It's not about the facilities or anything like that. It's about the relationships who I feel the most comfortable with. I hope to make my decision next week some time.
Lassiter lost to Colquitt County in the third round of the playoffs. Mason threw for 3,705 and 28 touchdowns as a junior.