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Georgia football commit Carson Beck has a lot in common with Jake Fromm
Georgia football landed its quarterback of the future on Sunday, when 4-star quarterback Carson Beck committed to Georgia. The Jacksonville, Fla., native announced his commitment on Twitter after visiting Georgia this weekend.
— Carson Beck (@carsonbeck01) March 3, 2019
Beck describes himself as long-time Georgia fan. He was a one-time Alabama commit, but he backed off the Crimson Tide a month ago. He’s rated as the No. 3 pro-style quarterback and No. 4 quarterback overall in the 2020 recruiting cycle, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.
All of those statements above also apply to another Georgia quarterback. It’s Georgia’s quarterback of the present, Jake Fromm. He was an Alabama commitment before flipping to Georgia. Fromm was the No. 3 pro-style quarterback in the 2017 recruiting cycle and the No. 4 quarterback overall.
But the similarities don’t just stop there. Beck publicly committed to Georgia on March 3. Fromm also publicly committed to the Bulldogs on March 3, when he did it back in 2016.
They both had productive junior seasons, where each ended up winning impressive individual honors. Beck threw for 3,546 yards and 39 touchdowns for Mandarin High School last year. He was named Mr. Football for the state of Florida and led his team to a state title. Fromm threw for 4,099 yards and 36 touchdowns as a junior. He was named the Gatorade Player of the Year in Georgia for his junior season.
Fromm and Beck also have strong baseball backgrounds. The former famously played in the Little League World Series, while the latter was a one-time Florida baseball commit.
Fromm’s commitment to Georgia was seen as a significant recruiting win for Kirby Smart in his early days at Georgia. Smart’s recruiting chops are now well established, as the Bulldogs have signed a top three class in each of the last three recruiting cycles. Georgia landing a player as talented as Beck isn’t much of surprise anymore. But a staffer new to Georgia does deserve some credit here, as new Georgia tight end coach Todd Hartley played a key role in landing Beck.
— Todd Hartley (@coach_thartley) March 3, 2019
Beck’s commitment can be viewed as another win for Georgia over Florida in the Jacksonville area. It wasn’t exactly a secret that Florida and Dan Mullen very much wanted the talented quarterback prospect. And despite Mullen’s reputation as a quarterback guru, Beck still made the decision to come and play for Georgia. The Bulldogs have won the last two times they’ve played Florida, and will look to continue to do so in the years to come.
Fromm’s story at Georgia is well-known by this point: He came in as a freshman and took over the job after Jacob Eason got hurt. Fromm played so well that Eason never was able to win the job back, and then transferred to Washington in the offseason. Fromm also saw another 5-star quarterback transfer in Justin Fields. Fromm never yielded the starting job to Fields, as Fromm threw for 30 touchdowns to just 6 interceptions in 2018. He enters this season as Georgia’s unquestioned starter.
Beck probably won’t beat out Fromm as a starter for the 2020 season, but there’s a chance he might not have too, given Fromm can leave after his junior season. It’s worth mentioning Georgia does have two other quarterbacks on the roster in Dwan Mathis and Stetson Bennett, who could also replace Fromm, whenever that day comes.
But for now, Georgia football has both a quarterback of the present in Fromm, and a much clearer quarterback future with Beck in play.
Georgia grad Keith Mitchell wins first PGA Tour event
Georgia golfers shining on the PGA Tour is nothing new, as the likes of Bubba Watson, Kevin Kisner and Russell Henley have become fixtures on PGA Tour leaderboards. And another Georgia alum picked up a win on Sunday, as Keith Mitchell won the Honda Classic at 9-under.
Mitchell — a 2014 Georgia graduate — shot a final round 67 to hold off the likes of Rickie Fowler and Brooks Kopeka, who both finished one shot back at 8-under.
Haha still in shock. thanks for such an awesome week @TheHondaClassic
— Keith Mitchell (@K_m_Mitchell) March 4, 2019
Early on in his final round, things weren’t looking great for Mitchell. He bogeyed his first two holes of the round to move to 3-under and four strokes off the lead.
But Mitchell birded four of his final seven holes to squeeze out the win. He rolled in a clutch 15-foot putt on the 18th hole to give him his final birdie of the round and push him just past Fowler and Kopeka.
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) March 3, 2019
“I was trying to focus on what was going on,” Mitchell told NBC’s Steve Sands. “My mind started wandering a little bit toward the end. You’re going to have bad thoughts, that’s the reality of it. I was just trying to focus on what the putt was doing and my read and my speed. I hit a great putt.”
It was Mitchell’s 40th career start on the PGA Tour, and first career win. Coming into the tournament, Mitchell had missed the cut in three of his previous four events. He was the No. 162 ranked player in the world. And now with his first career win, he will be playing in the Masters next month.
The win also netted Mitchell $1.2 million.
Mitchell is now the 10th different Georgia golfer under legendary Georgia golf coach Chris Haack to win on the PGA Tour. In his post round press conference, Mitchell credited his success to his time at Georgia.
“Once I turned pro and you’re out here playing for yourself and nobody else and you’ve got to pay off your credit card bills and it costs a lot of money to do it, it makes you realize, you really got to want to do this, you really got to want to play,” Mitchell said. “Luckily at Georgia that was kind of our mentality that we had qualify every week, and it just made you a better player. That’s why there’s so many guys out here that went to Georgia because nobody ever held our hand, nobody ever made us practice, nobody ever gave us lessons on the range.
“So I’m thankful for Georgia in that way, because it really made me grow up fast, and it really — it taught me a lot when I turned pro.”
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