ESPN drops Georgia in future quarterback power rankings
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Georgia football drops in ESPN’s Future quarterback Power Rankings
When you lose someone like Justin Fields, your quarterback depth is naturally going to take a hit. So while Georgia still has Jake Fromm at the position, ESPN made the move to drop Georgia from the No. 1 spot the Bulldogs held in 2018 to No. 4 in its 2019 future quarterback rankings. Clemson now holds the No. 1 spot.
The Bulldogs are still ahead of a number of powerhouse programs, including Stanford, Texas and Ohio State, where Fields ended up transferring.Despite being the No. 2 ranked player in the 2018 recruiting cycle, Fields was unable to beat out Fromm. As a sophomore, Fromm threw for 30 touchdowns compared to just 6 interceptions, and led Georgia to a second consecutive SEC East title.
To replace Fields, Georgia brought in two quarterbacks in the 2019 class. The Bulldogs flipped 4-star quarterback Dwan Mathis from Ohio State. Stetson Bennett — a one-time walk-on at Georgia — also signed with the Bulldogs after spending the 2018 season in the JUCO ranks.
Another reason for the drop is because Fromm could leave following the 2019 season for the NFL draft.
“Fromm also would be a strong candidate to enter the 2020 NFL draft, leaving Georgia with a bit of uncertainty,” ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg wrote. “Georgia flipped four-star quarterback Dwan Mathis from Ohio State in the 2019 class, but the key is whom it lands in 2020 — either in recruiting or through the transfer portal.”
As for who Georgia might try and land in the 2020 recruiting cycle, the two names for Georgia fans to know right now are 4-star quarterback Robbie Ashford and 3-star quarterback Jacolby Criswell. Ashford was high school teammates with 5-star wide receiver George Pickens, who signed with Georgia, at Hoover High School in Hoover, Ala.
Both Ashford and Criswell are listed as dual-threat quarterbacks. Ashford is the No. 5 quarterback in the 2020 cycle, while Criswell comes in at No. 8. Criswell is the top ranked player in the state of Arkansas in the 2020 recruiting cycle.
Georgia has also had no problem taking on transfer players under Kirby Smart. In just this offseason, Georgia brought in Miami wide receiver Lawrence Cager and Tennessee tight end Eli Wolf as graduate transfers. And given that a number of quarterbacks transfer every offseason, there’s certainly a realistic chance that a talented, starting-caliber quarterback is available as a transfer player. Some of the quarterbacks to enter the transfer portal this offseason include the likes of Wisconsin quarterback Alex Hornibrook, former Notre Dame quarterback Brandon Wimbush and former Ohio State quarterback Tate Martell.
Regardless of what Georgia’s future quarterback situation looks like, the Bulldogs are very much set with Fromm in 2019. Other than Trevor Lawrence and maybe Tua Tagovailoa, there might not be a better college quarterback in the country than Fromm.
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