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Derrck Mahone/Douglas County Sentinel Former Alexander quarterback Mason Wood has been offered a preferred walk-on opportunity at Georgia.

Georgia has always been Mason Wood’s dream school.

The Alexander quarterback might get an opportunity to play at the SEC school.

With a couple weeks left before National Signing Day, Wood’s recruiting got a boost when he was offered a preferred walk-on opportunity by Bulldogs offensive coordinator Jim Chaney on Wednesday.

Chaney visited Alexander during a recruiting stop to make the offer official with Wood.

“It is definitely exciting because Georgia is my hometown team,” Wood said about the offer. “I’m still making up my mind.”

Besides the Bulldogs walk-on offer, Wood said he has an offer from a junior college in New York. He is playing a visit in the next couple of weeks to the junior college and to Athens.

This past season, Wood passed for 2,283 yards and 20 touchdowns on 168 of 277 passing. He also rushed for 315 yards and eight touchdowns on 86 attempts.

During his two year career as a starter, Wood threw for 4,644 yards and 46 touchdowns with only 13 interceptions.

Wood said he will make his decision in the next few weeks.

“I think the biggest thing is that he gets to fulfill one of his dreams of playing at Georgia,” Alexander coach Matt Combs said. “It is a great opportunity for him to try and earn a roster spot and help in any way that he is asked.”

Georgia will be thin at quarterback this coming season with the transfer of sophomore Jacob Eason and the graduate transfer Brice Ramsey using up his eligibility, the Bulldogs only have two scholarship quarterbacks on campus.

In addition to SEC Freshman of the Year Jake Fromm, early enrollee Justin Fields will go through spring drills.

Making the team would be a challenge but Combs is confident in his former quarterback.

“Being in the underdog role is something that Mason is familiar with,” Combs said. “He has played the underdog many times. I know he would embrace it.”

Eason, who is from Washington, played behind Jake Fromm this season after suffering an injury in the Bulldogs season opener against Appalachian State.

Eason played in three games and threw for 28 yards as From helped lead the team to the SEC Championship and a runner-up finish to Alabama in the national championship game earlier this month in Atlanta.

Preferred walk-ons are not given scholarships immediately, but report for preseason practice at the same time as scholarship players.

Former New Manchester High standout Brian Herrien will be a junior this coming season and is expected to get a lot of playing time at running back.

Mason, who has a 3.92 grade-point average, qualifies for the H.O.P.E. Scholarship and other academic assistance. He will likely be a pre-med major.

“It would be a great situation for him if he choses to go that route,” Combs said. “I know he wants the opportunity to play at the highest level. People have always questioned his height, but Mason has a lot of ability.”

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