Longtime Tuttle coach Philip Koons compares Bassett and quarterback Cooper Koons, who is the coach's son, with Hulsey and White in 1998.
“When Jason was a senior we had a wide receiver named Grant Hulsey, who was a tight end a lot like Dawson who's 6-4, very athletic and we would just like to get him in isolation situations and throw him the ball. Hopefully, that's kind of what we're looking at down the road here.”
Bassett had just eight receptions for 132 yards and a touchdown last season, but he has blazing speed with a 4.6 in the 40-yard dash.
He also has the perfect personality for the team. It's perfect enough for Philip Koons to say he's the type “of guy that you wouldn't mind dating your daughter.”
That may be his ticket to the next level.
“Even this year I told him coming into fall camp, I was like, ‘Man, you've really come a long way since last year.'” Cooper Koons said. “His demeanor seems to be like he wants to go get it a little more. That's what I've noticed in him this year.”
Bassett is also a standout on the baseball field and could attract college interest there. But he admits football is where his heart is.
And that's likely where he will be next year in college, just like his older brother.
“It's definitely what I want,” Bassett said. “My brother did it; Jason White did it. I don't know how I compare to those guys, but I definitely don't want to fall short of that.”