Wednesday December 2 is a day this 2010 quarterback will remember for a long time. Georgia offered…
Richt delivers huge news to QB
"Georgia just offered me," said Hutson Mason Wednesday morning. "I was just getting finished with a meeting with Iowa (offered as a gray-shirt) and my head coach handed me the phone. He said someone wants to talk to you." "It was Coach [Mark] Richt from the University of Georgia and he is the one that offered me a scholarship. I knew when I found out it was him that they were going to offer me. Coach [Mike] Bobo had been by the school Monday and told me about Logan Gray moving to wide receiver and how things had changed." "He let me know that they were now going to sign a quarterback in this class and that they would be in touch with me this week." The news came a little differently than Mason expected. He thought Bobo would call, but instead it was the head coach. "When Coach Richt told me about the offer, I really just wanted to scream," said an excited Mason. "My heart started beating fast and I am was just so excited about the news." "Coach Bobo emailed me earlier in the week too and I kind of thought then that UGA may be close to offering me. Just phone conversation with Coach Richt was just great. I still cannot believe it." The Bulldogs are now set on signing a signal caller in this class. At one time they were not planning to, but because of the change for Gray, the 6-foot-3, 190 pound QB out of Marietta (GA) Lassiter has moved up UGA's list. "Coach Richt was just up front with me about what is going on there and what they are wanting to do now. Changes have been made and that opens the door for me to get this offer." "Now with Georgia only having two quarterbacks on scholarship, Coach Richt said they really want me to be the guy. He wants me to come compete with Aaron Murray and Zach Mettenberger next year." Is that a possibility? Does that twosome frighten Mason at all? "Anywhere you go you have to compete, so those two being redshirted this year and only being redshirt freshmen does not scare me away." "All I can ask for is a school to give me a chance to compete and going in as a freshman and being third on the depth chart gives me that immediately. It is a great opportunity at Georgia and my interest in them has really changed now. Things changed for them and it opened up a spot for me, so they are definitely high on my list." The Dawgs may get a visit from the senior QB as soon as this weekend. He knows a lot about the school close to home, but just wants to get a feel for the campus and the environment in Athens. "Georgia is like two hours away, I can turn on the T.V. and watch them all the time, I can open up the paper and read about them every day, and I know a lot about the home town school," said a more composed Mason. "I am going to call Coach Bobo tonight about getting over there for an unoffical visit this weekend. They wanted me to come visit on December 11, but I already have a visit set up with Central Michigan for that weekend." "I know a lot about Georgia - I like the program, I like the coaching staff, I like that it is close to home, and I just want to visit them soon." Mason is not ready to name a clear cut leader just yet as things continue to change for him almost daily, but he thinks he will be able to soon. "I just have not visited anywhere this year really, so I want to get out, see some schools, and I will know pretty quickly who I really like." "Georgia is defintiely high on my list and they have a big advantage being so close to home and me knowing so much about them, but I want to take some visits before naming anyone as my top school." UGA is the 11th school to offer Mason and Virginia was the 10th. Mississippi State is coming in for a visit Friday and they could be on the verge of offering. Florida State is sending Jimbo Fisher up next week and the Noles are showing a lot of interest of late also. The process has not gone exactly like Mason or his family thought it would, but the mature senior knew it would all work out. "I am a strong man of faith and I have just kept praying about it and I knew God would take care of everything. He has and my family and I are excited about it. It was tough at first, but things have really changed for me and God has taken care of that. It is amazing how it has worked out and I just thank Him for that." Mason threw for 4,522 yards and 55 touchdowns while completing 73 percent of his passes in 2009. He threw only seven interceptions in 13 games. Chad Simmons is the Recruiting Manager for the South Region and he can be reached at ChadSimmons@Scout.com.
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