Georgia’s quarterback recruiting: Kirby Smart looking for quantity and quality

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Georgia is recruiting Justin Fields, a 5-star quarterback recruit in the 2018 class.

HOOVER, Ala. — As Georgia chases after Justin Fields and Matt Corral, with Jacob Eason and Jake Fromm already around, coach Kirby Smart said he’ll have a simple philosophy when it comes to recruiting quarterbacks: Try to get very good ones. And then try to get some more.

“We tell each player we recruit that we’re going to go out the next year and try to get somebody as good or better than you,” Smart said on Tuesday at SEC Media Days. “So we’re very forward-thinking in that we tell them honestly that look, you have to come here and compete, because we’re going to try to bring in guys behind you who are as good or better. And so would you if you were in our shoes.”

Eason, the incumbent starter, will be a junior next year, while Fromm will be a sophomore, assuming he doesn’t redshirt. But they’ll be the only scholarship quarterbacks on the roster, which Smart said should be an “attraction” to recruits in the 2018 cycle.

That would include Fields and Corral, who Smart can’t comment on specifically. But it’s well documented that Georgia is heavily recruiting both, after missing out on its initial 5-star target Trevor Lawrence, who’s headed to Clemson.

“It’s an attraction to come in and say, I want to come in and get third-team reps, I want to get work,” Smart said. “The thought has always been that we may want to sign two. But what if we’re able to sign one who’s really good? So all those things go into it. You’ve got to make decisions, tough decisions, because the quarterback position is so integral to your program.”

It was pointed out to Smart that Mack Brown, the former Texas coach, has said that if he had to do it all over again he would stockpile quarterbacks. Smart indicated that he agreed with that in general, but also pointed out that there were limitations to that philosophy.

“I think if you had a perfect world, if you lived in a vacuum you’d say five quarterbacks,” Smart said. “But nobody can do that anymore, because what do quarterbacks do when they’re not the guy? They transfer. So you’re constantly losing those guys. In Mack’s defense, that’s probably accurate, sign as many as you can. But don’t you think that has an effect on who you can sign, how many you’ve got?”

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