Jake Fromm will have to do everything he can to make it a competition with Jacob Eason this year.
But Georgia coach Kirby Smart already likes what he has seen so far. Smart said two very interesting things about Fromm in his National Signing Day remarks.
“I’m excited about the competition because it is going to push Jacob,” he said. “It already is.”
Fromm showed Smart something on the first day he was transitioning to the program.
“He gets off the plane from the (U.S.) Army All-American game and wants every receiver’s cell phone number,” Smart said. “He wants to go throw with them. If they’re not out there throwing, he wants to ask them why they’re not. That’s the best thing for Jacob right now.”
That seems necessary.
Eason is immensely talented and has all the tools. CBS Analyst Gary Danielson has already said the 6-foot-5 sophomore-to-be fits the profile of the future top NFL draft pick.
The media’s “next biggest thing” in the Class of 2016 has also been down the gauntlet in the SEC as a freshman. He started 12 games and pulled out several memorable moments.
That Missouri comeback. The throw to Ridley in that near-victory with Tennessee. The times he kept getting back up and he was hammered in the pocket.
But that doesn’t mean that Fromm won’t try to make it a race. Smart made it clear that competition is what he needs at every position. That includes the quarterback position.
That is a new way to spin recruiting. Smart — like every coach — wants to bring in another Jacob Eason every year. He wants to bring in the next Jake Fromm in 2018.
Georgia’s shopping list on the 2018 recruiting trail actually calls for a new Eason or Fromm. At least.
But there’s a bigger need for another DJ Shockley in Athens given what DeShaun Watson did at Clemson and what freshman Jalen Hurts flashed at Alabama this year.
Bring in the next Golden Boy at quarterback. But then bring in another one the following year that will push that face of the program to get better and not take anything for granted.
How does Fromm view the chance to compete with Eason? He answered a question about that last Thursday at the Touchdown Club of Atlanta’s annual awards banquet.