Georgia recruiting: Does UGA have a shot with their latest in-state QB offer?
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It is roughly 40 miles from Central Gwinnett High School to UGA.
That quick check with Google maps seems necessary this morning. That’s because the Bulldogs just offered Central Gwinnett QB Jarren Williams.
Blessed to receive an offer from The University of Georgia pic.twitter.com/FcX3MTNn2S
— J D U B💰💫 (@Jarren2Williams) May 4, 2017
Let’s call this what is is: The in-state Bulldogs are a tad late to this party. The nearly 6-foot-3, 211-pound signal caller rates as a 3-star recruit. He’s regarded to be the nation’s No. 17 dual-threat passer via the 247SportsComposite.
Williams backed off a commitment to Kentucky on April 24 that had lasted for approximately 10 months.
— J D U B? (@Jarren2Williams) April 24, 2017
While that offer now puts Georgia in the race, that leaves a lot of ground to make up. South Carolina and Miami offered back in November. Mississippi State and Missouri got into the picture in January. Tennessee was in February. LSU and Florida offered in March.
Alabama even offered in April. It can be easily argued that the Crimson Tide has stacked up just as much riches at the quarterback spot as Georgia has.
Why Georgia waited to offer Jarren Williams
That gives a lot of insight his psyche and also his background as a prospect. Williams has improved vastly over the last year and it provides good background material as to why the Bulldogs had yet to offer.
This isn’t simply a “Georgia missed out on another backyard kid” narrative. It is just not simple.
I’m not blind to the fact that in-state offers matter more than their peers. They do. The Bulldogs better be sure about an evaluation for an in-state prospect. The future strength of the Bulldog program hinges on recruiting players in Gwinnett County with integrity.
Do the Bulldogs have a chance? Anthony Williams, his father, shared some insight on his son’s process this morning. His father was very appreciative of the offer. It sounded like the phrase better late than never might apply.
There is a family connection there. Williams grew up watching the Bulldogs.
“His aunt, my sister, is a UGA grad and a big Dawg fan,” Anthony Williams told DawgNation. “So she is always cheering ‘Dawgs’ in his ear. But honestly, he does not have a relationship with them at this point and I am not sure what they can do.”
Why Jarren Williams finally got his UGA offer
According to a very user-friendly database maintained by 247Sports, Williams becomes the 16th quarterback the Bulldogs have offered for 2018.
He’s the fourth in-state prospect to receive an offer for this class.
5-stars Trevor Lawrence, Emory Jones and Justin Fields all got their offers well in advance. Jones and Lawrence were re-offered very early into the Kirby Smart era at UGA.
Fields got his UGA offer late last season. Lawrence chose Clemson. Jones committed to Ohio State and Fields has pledged to play for Penn State.
It looks like Georgia offered at least 12 other out-of-state quarterbacks before Williams.
Williams said they will “have to let the process play out” regarding his decision. He said the Bulldogs never came by to evaluate him. But once they did, there wasn’t much to ponder.
“When (Georgia offensive coordinator) coach (Jim) Chaney finally came to see him throw, he walked away very impressed,” Anthony Williams said. “He couldn’t believe what he saw. … He immediately told Jarren that he had an offer.”
That offer finally came this morning. That was likely after Smart signed off on it.
The latest on 4-star CB Christian Tutt
Thomson rising senior DB Christian Tutt is set to make his announcement on May 30. While a significant chunk of the recruiting industry feels he will head to Alabama or maybe Florida State, he said his decision is still to be determined.
“I’m open until May 30,” Tutt said. “People are quick to say where I’m going but I honestly don’t have a top school. I have a Top 5 but have spent time (on visits) at them all.”
Tutt went to Alabama for A-Day. He didn’t attend G-Day last month, but he told me that he did take a trip to UGA to catch this spring for a scrimmage.
That was important because Tutt had not been up to Athens since late last season. There are also other schools coming in late for him.
“Some schools are recruiting me hard that are not in my Top 5,” Tutt told DawgNation. “I like that.”
Where does UGA fit in the picture? He’s told me in the past the Bulldogs will always be in the running. He said on March 26 that the Bulldogs were always going to be a “zero school” for him when it comes to his decision.
Georgia (and former defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt) extended an offer to Tutt in the post-middle school summer prior to his ninth grade season. That was his first offer. He is also close to UGA freshman Richard LeCounte III and his uncle Danny Verdun also came out of Thomson’s “Brickyard” to star at UGA.
Tutt had been a silent commitment to Georgia to the Mark Richt staff. Could he make that commitment again? I’m not sure at this time. The recent commitment from Chris Smith adds further insight into the board at DB.
I’m not certain if Tutt ranks ahead of 4-star Trey Dean or 5-star Tyreke Johnson or 4-star Kyler McMichael at this time. Dean is a natural safety than can also flex out to cover out on the edge.
Johnson makes it clear he will be a corner in college despite his high national ranking at safety. McMichael is also a better fit at cornerback. He’d also be a great tailback prospect.
The 5-foot-10.5, 193-pound Tutt rates as the nation’s No. 19 CB prospect in the Class of 2018.
Shane Beamer hasn’t forgotten how to recruit
I took a question about two weeks ago on one of our DawgNation.com Wednesday Night Facebook Lives about the overall recruiting strength of Georgia’s staff.
There were a few thoughts which immediately came to mind. The first is the overall impression James Coley has with high school coaches in Florida and Georgia. Coley really cares about his players and gets into the recruiting process.
He lives it. The coaches and families I am in contact with share a very glowing recommendation. Coley seems to invest in building genuine relationships. He stands out nationally as being on the better recruiters around. Not just the UGA staff.
The track records of Sam Pittman (offensive line) and Dell McGee (running backs) also speak for themselves. It would be hard to compose a list of 5-10 recruiters at their positions that have had much better results those two have at UGA.
Kevin Sherrer (OLBs) is another name that comes up. He’s got a very good batting average over the last 2-3 years in South Georgia.
Sherrer is also now the longest-tenured assistant on the staff. That can’t be understated in a business where relationships matter a great deal.
But Shane Beamer’s name doesn’t come up a lot. Yet. That’s partly because of circumstance. Beamer coaches the tight ends along with a recruiting territory that includes Augusta, among other spots along the Atlantic Coast.
The tight end spot is currently awash with big-time talent after the signings of big-timers Isaac Nauta and Charlie Woerner in 2016. Georgia hopes to take two in 2018 and that will give Beamer a chance to show what he can do on the trail.
Where does Beamer rate? The nation’s No. 4 tight end for 2019 shared a pretty glowing review with DawgNation recently.
“That dude is a class act,” Kennesaw Mountain 4-star prospect Ryland Goede said. “He is a one-of-a-kind. His first year there and the first time I met him he just blew me away beyond words with how great of a guy he was and how nice he was to me. Just knowing from the family he comes from, he definitely knows football and the game. Definitely. But he’s just a great guy.”
Goede kept going on about Beamer.
“He is a great recruiter,” Goede said. “Kirby (Smart) knows how to surround himself with guys that are just as good or if not better recruiters than himself.”
Goede told DawgNation he’s probably “rounding second base” in terms of his decision. He’s about a year away from his choice. When he does get ready to decide, look for that relationship with Beamer to help Georgia’s cause there.