Georgia assistant coach Glenn Schumann tweeted out Sunday evening that he knew there was going to be some March Madness for the Bulldogs. Yep, that was a good way to describe the move made by 4-star state champion QB Carson Beck choice to commit to the Bulldogs on Sunday afternoon.
Beck is the reigning Mr. Football in the state of Florida. He was once committed to Alabama and was badly wanted by Dan Mullen and the Gators.
But he’s now on the way to Georgia. The nation’s No. 3 QB pro-style prospect (per the 247Sports composite rating) shared the news via his Twitter account.
The decision comes on the heels of a big weekend visit to Athens.
— Carson Beck (@carsonbeck01) March 3, 2019
Beck rates as the nation’s No. 62 overall prospect for 2020 on the 247Sports Composite rankings. Offensive coordinator James Coley and new Georgia assistant coach Todd Hartley were very instrumental in the quick turn of events regarding the latest prospect to commit to Georgia.
The UGA class now stands at five pledges for the 2020 cycle. Justin Robinson, a 4-star WR from Eagles Landing Christian, also chose the Bulldogs on Saturday.
The Mandarin High (Jacksonville, Fla.) standout was expected to choose the Gators. Florida had 86 percent of the predictions on the 247Sports “Crystal Ball” feature heading into the visit.
He’s known for his athleticism and ability to see the whole field during the play. While not a dual-threat, he’s good enough to buy time with his legs or move the chains by escaping for a first down.
Most of the scouting opinion on Beck revolves around an advanced understanding of the game.
This was a whirlwind courtship as he picked up his UGA offer back on Feb. 27.
Beck threw for 3,500 yards and 39 touchdowns last season while leading his Mustangs to their first state title in program history.
Florida was seen as the school to beat for Beck for weeks leading up to this decision. Beck had even acknowledged that the Gators were his leader to several media outlets.
Carson Beck to Georgia: What it means for the 2020 class
The decision now sets up a clear succession plan for the Bulldogs behind starter Jake Fromm. (Yes, it is quite ironic that Fromm was also once committed to Alabama for a time, too)
Beck to Georgia now means that the Bulldogs have now locked up their 2020 QB target for this cycle. It appears that by accepting the commitment that the Bulldogs feel good about the future of the program in his hands.
Fromm grew up dreaming of playing for the Bulldogs. The same can be said for Beck. He backed off his pledge to the Crimson Tide back on Feb. 4.
Alabama QB Robby Ashford had been trending to choose between Auburn and Georgia this month, but this decision made by Beck on Sunday will undoubtedly complicate that decision.
Beck will now be able to come in during January of 2020 and compete with current Bulldog Dwan Mathis for the long-term role behind Fromm.
Fromm will have at the most one season under center while Beck is on campus.
It might be even less than that if he continues to produce and lead the Bulldogs the way he has during his first two seasons under center for Georgia.
The additions of Beck and Robinson over the weekend now push the Bulldogs to No. 12 nationally in the 247Sports Team composite ratings for the 2020 cycle.
The strong-armed passer out of Duval County is now the second highest-rated pledge in the class behind 5-star OT Broderick Jones out of Lithonia.
He completed 209 of his 356 attempts as a junior for 3,546 yards. That 58-percent completion rate led to 39 touchdowns and just eight interceptions in 2018. That state title season for his Mustangs came in Florida Class 8A ball.
Beck threw five touchdowns in a wild 37-35 win against Miami Columbus. He completed 25 of his 36 attempts for 329 yards in the victory.