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Georgia keeps missing on Class of 2018 QBs, but that’s OK
With only two scholarship quarterbacks on the roster, Georgia badly needs to sign another in the Class of 2018. But so far, the Bulldogs have struck out on most of the top prospects. Coach Kirby Smart can cross out yet another name on his list. Four-star Florida signal caller Joe Milton committed to Michigan over offers from UGA, Florida and LSU.
Although Milton wasn’t a guy who seemed destined for Athens before making a dramatic turn to Ann Arbor, the loss still stings, if only because Georgia’s options quickly are running out. Smart and his staff already have missed on the state of Georgia’s top three 2018 QBs — Trevor Lawrence (Clemson), Emory Jones (Ohio State) and Justin Fields (Penn State) — in one of the state’s most-loaded years at the position. Now the Bulldogs are missing on the mid-level guys such as Milton, James Foster, who committed to Missouri earlier in May, and Dorian Thompson-Robinson, who pledged to UCLA.
The situation at QB is getting dire. It will hurt missing on those top guys, but now the Bulldogs just need a body so they don’t have multiple seasons like they’ll have in 2017, when the third-string QB will be a walk-on.
One possibility is 3-star Central Gwinnett QB Jarren Williams, who was committed to Kentucky for 10 months before backing off that pledge earlier in May. Georgia was late with an offer, but Williams has Georgia fans in his family. But with Georgia only just getting in on his recruitment, Smart and his staff will have a lot of ground to make up.
“I haven’t gotten the chance to build relationships with those guys, so I would have to have conversations with the coaches,” Williams told Brandon Sudge of The Telegraph. “I haven’t had the chance to visit campus, either, so right now, [Georgia] is not really [in contention]. That’s a big part of it for me because that is who will be coaching you for the four years, five years, however long you will be there. You have to know that they’ll have your back and if you’ll want to be around them every day.”
A few more quarterback targets, including Gerry Bohanon, are on Georgia’s board. The coaches will keep up the pressure on some of the QBs already committed elsewhere — Fields seems like he could be flipped from Penn State. But the options undoubtedly have dwindled, and Williams might be the best remaining option. Being only a half-hour or so down the road from Athens could play in Georgia’s favor. If the coaches want to get Williams on campus, it shouldn’t be hard for him to make the trip a couple of times to get to know the staff. It’ll take work but landing him is doable.
The predicament Georgia finds itself in is understandable. The two guys who are on scholarship — Jacob Eason and Jake Fromm — were each one of the best QBs in their respective classes. With Eason locked in for at least two more seasons and Fromm ready to go three or four after that, it makes sense that another QB wouldn’t want to come in and wait for what might only be a single season as a starter. So, the problems Georgia is having recruiting QBs is at least partially because of the success the Bulldogs have had recruiting them over the last few seasons.
With that in mind, I don’t see how any quarterback recruit who envisions his role in college being anything more than “happy to be on the team” to commit. Williams, who holds offers from Alabama, Florida and FSU, among many others, probably wouldn’t just be happy to be on the team. He’d want a chance to play (as would any other mid-level guy Georgia could recruit).
Which leads me to believe this will continue to be a disappointing year for Georgia in regards to QB recruiting. My guess is the Bulldogs sign some guy most of us never have heard of, likely a borderline Power 5 QB, who would be happy to sit for three or more years and maybe get a chance to start as a senior or redshirt senior. With the historic class of QBs in the Peach State this year, I doubt any UGA fans will be happy about it. That’s how things have shaken out, though. But with more and more top-level QB prospects coming out of the Peach State every year, Smart will not hurt for options in the QB recruiting game, and getting some to commit should be easier once the logjam sorts itself out.
Georgia’s QB drought in 2017 is an anomaly, not the new norm.
Former Dawg Brian Harman wins PGA Wells Fargo Championship
Former Georgia golfer Brian Harman won his second career PGA Tour event on Sunday with a 1-stroke victory in the Wells Fargo Championship at Eagle Point Golf Club in Wilmington, N.C. Harman finished the final round at 4 under par to complete the event with a 10-under total, beating Dustin Johnson and Pat Perez by 1 stroke.
But more impressive than the feat was how he accomplished it. Harman holed a 28-foot birdie putt on the final hole of the tournament to secure the victory.