For some, the recruiting process is easy and care free. Yet, for other, such as Hutson Mason from Lassiter High School in Marietta, Georgia, the recruiting process has been filled with twists and turns.
"Frustrating, very frustrating. Anyone who knows me knows that I just go out on the field and perform," said Mason. "Last year I threw for 3,705 yards, I actually missed the state record by 5 yards, but I thought if I just took care of things on the field, then the recruiting thing would take care of itself. I was hearing a lot from Iowa and Indiana and received offers, and for awhile things were going good. Then some things started to happen, I don't know if I just got into the picture late and a lot of schools already had there guy, but I wasn't drawing the interest I thought I would."
As his senior year started, Mason expected the interest to pick up, but despite throwing for 3, 086 yards, 35 touchdowns and only 3 interceptions on a 73% completion percentage, schools seem to be overlooking him.
"I thought if I just put numbers up on the field, then schools couldn't ignore them. And really, it kind of feels like they are getting ignored. But, I just have to keep pushing and keep producing on the field despite things being kind of slow."
At the height of his frustration is his situation with Iowa. The Hawkeyes offered Mason last year and had been in steady contact with him and welcomed him to their campus multiple times. Iowa made quite an impression on Hutson he was close to committing to them, when abruptly this summer, they pulled their offer.
"Iowa was the first school to offer me. Around March last year, they said they were going to take two quarterbacks, and on my second visit to Iowa City, I probably would have committed. Head coach (Kirk) Ferentz wanted me to commit, but I just felt like I needed a little bit more time and wanted to talk it over with my family
I guess I waited to long. But I wanted to make my decision final, I'm not one of those guys who is going to look around when I commit, it's going to be final. Then they pulled the offer in the summer and I received a few e-mails saying they were going to take only one quarterback and that guy was the hometown A.J. Derby."
With Iowa seemingly out of the picture now, Hutson has offers from Eastern Michigan, Western Michigan, Indiana, UAB and Georgia Southern. Another school recently entered the picture and offered Mason just this week.
"Central Michigan just came into the picture about three weeks ago," said Hutson. "They wanted me to send them my film and Coach (Mike) Bajakian liked it. Then on Monday, the running backs coach, Coach (Jeff) Beckles came to my practice and they offered."
So, now that the Chippewas are in the picture, where do they stand with Mason?
"It's hard to explain," said Mason. "They just offered and I still haven't had a chance to visit and really see what Central Michigan has to offer. I know they're a spread team, and I'm a spread guy, so I'll just have to see once I get a better look at the program."
That may be an afterthought before long as Mason is planning on taking a few visits soon, including one to Central Michigan.
"Yeah, I plan on visiting CMU. After talking to them, they were going to try and plan a visit as soon as possible. I'm also going to UAB this weekend."
During his upcoming visits, Mason has a few things he is looking for when making that final decision on what school he will play for.
"Really, I have a top two of things I'm looking for. The first would be playing time, I want to go to a place where I'm going to have a good chance to play. The second would be the coaching staff. I feel like I need to be able to click with the coaches and the quarterback coach because I'm going to be spending so much time with them. You need to have a close relationship, and I that relationship is important. You want some coaches you enjoy being around and coaches you can have fun with."
As a high school quarterback, Mason's stats speak for themselves, but he feels his strengths are more than just big numbers.
"Accuracy would be my biggest strength, I'm very accurate," added Mason. "I feel like I know where to place the ball, and where to place it on certain routes. I'm very savvy with the ball and I know how to read coverage, I can tell what they are going to do by their formations and such."
Mason already visited Western Michigan earlier this year for the Miami (OH) game, but has yet to make any other official visits. UAB will be his next, and presumably, Central Michigan will be the next stop for the vastly underrated Hutson Mason.
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