2010 QB anticipates Clemson offer

Clemson's newest target will be in town Tuesday on an unofficial visit.

QB Hutson Mason Profile

The Clemson coaching staff is now involved in recruiting a 2010 quarterback.

Clemson defensive coordinator Kevin Steele contacted Hutson Mason last Thursday after Willy Korn announced his intentions of transferring at the conclusion of this season.

"I heard that he's going to transfer. I don't really know if that's true or not. I'm just kind of playing it by ear," Mason told CUTigers in a Monday evening interview.

He'll arrive to Clemson Tuesday morning for his second unofficial trip to Tigertown.

"I'm leaving bright and early. I'll be there at 6 a.m. They're practicing. They start pretty early. I'll go into the quarterback meeting, watch some film and go out to practice and watch--typical unofficial visit to see everything."

The first time since he visited with a former Marietta-Lassiter HS (GA) teammate, who was a Clemson prospect a couple of years ago, Mason thinks he could leave town tomorrow with an offer in hand.

A Clemson offer would join several others, some of which include: Virginia, Mississippi State, Georgia, Iowa, Indiana and Central Michigan. If the Tigers were to come through, he'll seriously consider committing.

Right now, there are two others that have an equal chance.

"Georgia, Mississippi State and Clemson are kind of the schools I'm looking at," Mason said. "If they do offer, I won't say they're a leader. I don't really have any leaders. When I get back home from Clemson, I'll be able to re-evaluate some stuff."

After a couple of days, he'll talk it over with mom and dad and have a decision made by next week.

When evaluating his three favorites, Mason said he wants to be at a school that he would have a legitimate chance at playing early, though he wouldn't mind red-shirting to build upon his 6-3, 190-pound frame.

"All the schools are pretty close to home and pretty great academic institutions," he said. "The biggest thing after that is where I feel most comfortable.

"The easiest way for me to describe it is: if I got injured and couldn't play football again, where would be a school that I would love going to school? It's a place where I wouldn't have to transfer out of because I was miserable."

As a senior, Mason threw for "around 4,500 yards," 57 touchdowns and completed 74 percent of his passes in 13 games. As a junior, he threw for roughly 3,800 yards and 28 touchdowns.

His stellar senior season earned him an invitation to the Georgia North-South game on Dec. 29. If things go right in Tigertown on Tuesday, he could be representing Clemson, not just Lassiter HS.

"Coach (Dabo) Swinney has done a good job of winning in his first year there," Mason said. "They bring in really good recruits. The program is definitely looking bright."

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