Marcus Rosemy: Georgia’s top WR recruit sees great ‘opportunity’ in Athens
When Marcus Rosemy watched the LSU game last Saturday night, he had a different reaction than recruiters at rival schools might have been wishing for.
Georgia’s top receiver recruit for this cycle broke it down into a simple formula: Hard work + talent + An opening = An early opportunity.
That 27-point loss on a very big stage did not give him pause about his commitment, but more of a cause to prepare himself for.
“The game last night was an eye-opener for me cause I saw first hand that the receiver corps is not where it’s supposed to be at the moment,” he said on Sunday. “But that it is a great opportunity for me to come in during June and win a starting job.”
He didn’t reach for any negativity with that. He just processed what his eyes saw. The same word kept showing up in his thoughts: Opportunity.
Rosemy sees a way he can help the Bulldogs get more out of its offense in the next big game like that one.
“It does because when I look at the receiver spots I see a wide-open slot waiting for me but I just have to go in with a business mentality,” he told DawgNation.
That 37-10 loss showed him how quickly he might be able to play for Georgia. When Georgia lost to South Carolina earlier this year, it stoked up more of the same reaction. He learned something from that.
The lesson: Bring your best every Saturday in the SEC.
“It’s definitely a learning lesson for me so when I get there I know to not perform to the level they played like,” he said back in October.
Rosemy took his official visit to Georgia for the Kentucky game. It was raining that day, but he couldn’t stop smiling.
The Twitter activity here certainly backs all of those words up. Check out his Dec. 8th tweet. A couple of his most recent tweets also follow.
I’m Still All Dawg!!! 🐶❤️🖤
— Marcus Rosemy 🌐 (@rosemy_marcus) December 8, 2019
I Will Be Signing On December 18th🙏🏾
— Marcus Rosemy 🌐 (@rosemy_marcus) December 10, 2019
Rosemy welcomed Georgia offensive coordinator James Coley and wide receivers coach Cortez Hankton for his in-home visit on Wednesday. Check out the size and frame here for a future playmaker at WR.
— Marcus Rosemy 🌐 (@rosemy_marcus) December 12, 2019
Rosemy now rates as the nation’s No. 7 WR and No. 41 overall prospect for 2020 on the 247Sports Composite rankings.
Justin Robinson is Georgia’s other WR commit for this cycle. He’s already 6 feet, 4 inches tall and right at 206 pounds. Robinson picked up his fourth star during his senior season.
He has not yet even begun to scratch the surface of what he can be. This is just his second season of varsity football for Eagles Landing Christian Academy. His Charges face Wesleyan at 10 a.m. tomorrow in the GHSA Class A Private state championship game at Georgia State Stadium.
He rates as the nation’s No. 48 WR for 2020 per the 247Sports Composite ratings, but the feeling here is Robinson will wake a lot of people up on Saturdays.
“His game has definitely changed,” Edwards said of Robinson so far this year. “Better route runner.”
I can’t wait to see @jay_robi22 suit up and play for @KirbySmartUGA. The ref called this potential touchdown out of bounce but clearly his feet was in. One more game and off to UGA for Justin. #TEwracademy pic.twitter.com/TuCSQDeIA1
— TE Wr Academy (@TEwracademy) December 8, 2019
Marcus Rosemy: All the tools to make an early impact
DawgNation wrote earlier this week why not having more talents like Rosemy was a glaring head-to-head gap for the Bulldogs in the SEC championship. This is the time of year when even more members of a school’s fan base start to pay closer attention to the recruiting efforts.
Folks have the recent season fresh in their minds. They know what the team might be missing or an area that will need reinforcements coming in after NFL early entries or graduation. For Georgia, that is at the receiver position.
Rosemy puts a big checkmark next to that nee for the 2020 roster. There’s a lot to like in his scouting profile given his ability, frame and skill set. He looks to be part of a surge in the 2019 and 2020 classes for UGA to do more with its receiver recruiting, too.
Don’t think recruiting rankings matter? Let’s take a quick eyeball test with the 6-foot-2, 195-pounder from South Florida.
To do so, let’s toss all of his rankings and Under Armour All-American status aside. Just take a look at these clips. It is really only necessary to watch the first clip from each of these embedded tweets.
— Who's Next (@WhosNextHS) August 24, 2019
— Pressure Athletics (@pressure_athl) December 8, 2019
When doing so, there’s the easy conclusion: Georgia doesn’t have enough guys on the team who can do what Rosemy can right now.
He has a diverse set of skills. He even threw a touchdown pass on a reverse earlier this season. It was called back, but it was another example of what he can do. He is still a quarterback at heart.
The young bucks won’t appreciate this player parallel, but his frame and ability to make plays, be it the spectacular or just the hard-nosed variety, reminds of what Michael Irvin used to do back in college with the Miami Hurricanes.
This 4-star seems to check every box like that. The tough balls over the middle. The sideline routes. Contested catches along the route tree. Slipping tackles and then winning on the home run ball. That’s not so much a limb-breaking evaluation as it is a nice historical parallel. Irvin also played for the same St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale, too.
Rosemy might find himself celebrating in the end zone a lot on Saturdays like Irvin did, too.
Marcus Rosemy tosses a touchdown on a reverse but it comes back on a penalty. pic.twitter.com/mkCTfr0zAs
— Adam Lichtenstein (@ABLichtenstein) November 30, 2019
He will play at 200 pounds in Athens. At least. And it going to be hard to get him on the ground once he catches it in the secondary.
— Pressure Athletics (@pressure_athl) November 18, 2019
No penalty this time. Marcus Rosemy breaks a few tackles and gets into the end zone for a 23-yard touchdown. @STA_Football leads Venice 14-0 with 8:49 left in the first half. @SSHighSchools @FlaHSFootball pic.twitter.com/RLJCPIyND7
— Adam Lichtenstein (@ABLichtenstein) November 30, 2019