Jake Fromm could leave Georgia after his junior season and UGA will still be in a great spot
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Georgia football is still set up well for the future even without Jake Fromm
Georgia football quarterback Jake Fromm is entering his first season as the unquestioned starter after beating out Jacob Eason and Justin Fields in the past two seasons. It also might be his last in the red and black if things go well for him and the Bulldogs in 2019.
Last week it was revealed Fromm attended the NCAA’s Elite Football Symposium, an event that invites 25 of college football’s best players to Indianapolis to help inform players on a number of issues to prepare them for the NFL draft. It’s clear that some people believe Fromm can leave for the NFL after next season.
Regardless of what you think of Jake Fromm’s potential as an NFL quarterback, Georgia football fans have to at the very least give some thought that 2019 will be Fromm’s last in a Georgia uniform. But even if it is, Georgia is still going to be in a very, very good spot for 2020.
For one, Kirby Smart has shown he’s had no problem playing a freshman quarterback. In two of his first three years at Georgia, Smart started a freshman for at least 10 games. He also gave Justin Fields significant playing time as a freshman as well. Smart has shown he’s willing to be aggressive when throwing a freshman quarterback out there.
Georgia has a commitment from 4-star 2020 quarterback Carson Beck, who has some similarities to Fromm. There’s also 2019 4-star quarterback Dwan Mathis, who is already enrolled at Georgia for spring practice.
And there’s the very real chance that Georgia could look at a transfer quarterback in 2020, in the event that Fromm leaves after his junior season. As Jeff Sentell expertly laid out, high-profile quarterbacks transfer all the time. Since 2012, nine of the 14 composite 5-star quarterbacks have transferred. If the Georgia starting quarterback job becomes open, it’s going to be a very attractive option for some quarterback.
Schools like Washington, Ohio State and Oklahoma — all College Football Playoff contenders — will likely be starting transfer quarterbacks in 2019. While we won’t know which quarterbacks hit the market for 2020, there’s probably a chance some very talented players elect to do so. Alex Hornibrook of Wisconsin elected to transfer to Florida State after being a three-year starter for the Badgers.
And to this point under Smart, Georgia hasn’t been built on its quarterback play. Yes, Fromm has facilitated a lot of success for the Bulldogs, but he’s not the sole reason Georgia has won the SEC East in the past two seasons. The Bulldogs will still be built upon their running game and defense. Georgia will have 15 composite 5-star prospects on its 2019 roster. Only three of them, D’Andre Swift, Zamir White and George Pickens, are offensive skill players.
Of course, replacing an all-time great quarterback is no easy feat. Texas and Florida still haven’t returned to the same heights since Colt McCoy and Tim Tebow quarterbacked their respective teams. But it’s also worth pointing out Oklahoma had to replace one of the best players in its history in 2018 after quarterback Baker Mayfield graduated. The Sooners still made back to the College Football Playoff, this time led by transfer quarterback Kyler Murray.
Georgia is going to have to replace Fromm at some point. If that comes in 2020, Georgia is still going to have enough talent elsewhere to be one of the elite teams in college football.
I hope we get a Dwan Mathis-Travon Walker dunk off
We’ve written in the past about 2019 defensive tackle Travon Walker and his ability as a dunker. In addition to his basketball skills, he’s also a pretty great football player, as he’s one of the top overall players in the 2019 recruiting cycle.
But it looks like the Bulldogs have another talented dunker and football player on the team as well. Dwan Mathis, Georgia’s 4-star quarterback freshman from the 2019 signing class, showed off his impressive skills on the basketball court by pulling off a windmill dunk over one of his friends.
I’m taking all reservations meet me under the rim 👀 pic.twitter.com/hNuJ7mIzSj
— DwanM2 (@DwanM3) March 12, 2019
Mathis is on spring break this week as the team takes a brief reprieve before spring practice. Mathis will be one of the more interesting players for Georgia’s 2019 spring practice period, as he is expected to battle Stetson Bennett for Georgia’s back-up quarterback position.
And as we wrote above, there’s a chance that this time next year, Mathis is competing for the starting quarterback job. Mathis was a surprise addition to Georgia’s 2019 class, as he flipped from Ohio State on Early Signing Day. He was rated as the No. 11 pro-style quarterback in the 2019 recruiting cycle out of Belleville, Mi. He was high school teammates with 2020 5-star recruit Justin Rogers at Oak Park High School.
Prior to arriving at Georgia, Mathis’s father Terence spoke about what kind of player Georgia would be getting.
“But now Georgia has presented a great opportunity for my son, and we’ve been informed that if he does his part as a student-athlete, he’ll have the opportunity to be the No. 2 quarterback on the depth chart this fall. Dwan understands the program and the role he has been recruited for, to learn from the current quarterback.”
Mathis and the rest of the Bulldogs will take the field for spring practice next week.
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