Georgia coaches have earned some serious frequent flyer mileage in their efforts to snag a quarterback from the Class of 2010.
Offers have already been made to prospects from Virginia to California, Washington to Kansas. So far, that list does not include anyone from the Peach State.
But that could be about to change.
Lassiter High's Hutson Mason is certainly thankful for that.
"Growing up from here, Georgia is your dream school. That is where you want to go," Mason said. "You want to stay in state. There are few schools who could match what that (an offer from Georgia) would mean. It would be a huge deal."
The Bulldogs could be on the verge of making Mason's dream a reality. He recently received a message to call Georgia assistant coach Stacy Searels.
"A few week ago, I had got nothing from them. But Coach Searels told my coach to have me call them and then when I did, he told me they were really interested in me. (Searels) then handed the phone to Coach Bobo who said they were going to recruit me," Mason said. "He (Bobo) has not received my film yet, so after he sees that, we are going to talk about what he thinks of me. Coach Searels had seen some of it, and he said he told Coach (Mike) Bobo that 'we have to have this guy.'"
Mason certainly has the numbers to back up the interest.
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.
Amazingly, Mason hasn't exactly been besieged with offers; at least not yet.
The 6-foot-3, 190-pounder currently only holds offers from Iowa and Georgia Southern, although he has been contacted by a number of other top programs, including Tennessee, Florida and South Carolina.
"It has been kind of a slow process for me and I am just continuing to work hard and pushing for it to break out here soon," said Mason, who is planning on attending the upcoming Athens Nike Combine.
"We run a spread offense similar to Texas Tech. Troy runs it as well. We are in the gun a lot, we throw it around, and we do not run the ball a lot," Mason said. "I just drop back, make the read, and let it fly. It's a quarterback's dream."
Mason sounded like a recruiting analyst when asked to assess his own personal skills.
"Name a route and I can throw it. I have the work ethic and mindset to get better every time I am on the field because I know there are kids out there that are working just as hard," he said. "I think my arm strength is my best asset and once I get into college and get in the weight program it is only going to get better so I think I have good upside as well."
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