California QB Joey Yellen on G-Day: ‘I’ve never seen anything like it’

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Georgia quarterbacks coach James Coley has kept up the recruiting ties with California 4-star Joey Yellen since an offer late last month.

Want to attack every day with the latest Georgia football recruiting info? That’s what the Intel will bring at least five days a week. The play sheet today calls for a visit recap and offer overview with California 4-star QB Joey Yellen. 

Joey Yellen was at G-Day. Georgia quarterbacks coach James Coley was in California shortly thereafter.

He was so busy and so on the go that he forgot to take pictures. He will. Next time.

“It was unique and I’ve never seen anything like it,” Yellen said. “But that’s partly why Georgia is such a unique school. It is really a unique tradition that you guys have over there.”

Can he see himself crossing three time zones to play college ball?

“Yeah,” Yellen said. “For sure. It has always been a thing for me that I don’t really want to stay local. I’ve always kind of wanted to go somewhere else. It has never been a huge thing for me to stay in state. I have two brothers. Both of them went to college out of state. It has never been too much of an issue for me. I like an adventure.”

He even would strap it up for the adventure of trying to wrestle reps away from sophomore SEC champion Jake Fromm and heralded freshman Justin Fields.

“Honestly, you are going to have to go and compete where ever you go,” Yellen said. “I think [UGA offensive coordinator] Coach [Jim] Chaney said it best. He said you are going to have to go compete at any college and if you don’t have to, then you need to seriously look and that college and wonder why. Why go to a college you don’t have to compete for a spot at? Because every college should have good quarterbacks there you should have to compete with.

“That is kind of the first thing a good team gets. Good quarterback. Good quarterbacks.”

He’s not setting himself up to start all four years in college. He’ll be there to work. Join a team.

“I’ve never had a problem getting coached,” Yellen said. “If I’m there, then they are going to get the full me and I’m going to do whatever coach asks me to do.”

What Joey Yellen told his friends about UGA and G-Day

When Yellen got back to high school after G-Day, he had to play reporter to all his friends.

“I really just told them all that Georgia was just different,” Yellen said. “It is not like what we have over here. You don’t get 90,000 or so out for a spring game plain and simple.”

He says there are no college towns like that in California.

“Athens is a really cool college town,” Yellen said. “We got there at three in the morning and the town was still alive. That’s crazy.”

James Coley has been the key recruiter so far between UGA and 4-star QB Joey Yellen. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)

As for his father, who also made the trip?

“He was in awe about it as well,” Yellen said.

His coolest moment? He laughs about it. It shows off his “football nerd” side — and did not make his Snapchat story.

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