Sentell’s Intel: Georgia is trending for a major target who announces tonight
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WARMINSTER, Pa. — Mark Webb is set to make his decision tonight. It will be around 7:15 (EST) on ESPNU.
That’s the 4-star receiver who has a shot to make it a Pennsylvania package deal with two of the top players from the cradle of the Constitution for Georgia in 2017.
That would be Webb and fellow four-star prospect D’Andre Swift. Swift, the nation’s No. 4 RB, committed to Georgia earlier this month with an epic commitment video that saw him run through the streets of Philadelphia like his name was D’Andre Balboa.
The Bulldogs seem to be looking like Ivan Drago against Apollo Creed in this one. DawgNation chatted with his teammates on Thursday night and several of his closest friends made their decision predictions.
What does Webb think? Check out the video interview above. Webb sets the table for his decision nicely in that feature.
The finalists are Alabama, Georgia, Nebraska, North Carolina, Maryland and Penn State.
Webb won’t have a video crew that resembled a movie team like his cousin did, but he still gets to announce his decision on ESPNU.
It is a decision that would benefit Georgia a great deal.
The senior at Archbishop Wood brings the size the Bulldogs are looking for at the position. The 6-foot-3, 200-pounder would become the highest-rated commitment for Georgia at receiver at No. 19 overall.
How will Webb’s decision go down?
DawgNation has learned Webb will make his decision sometime between 7 and 7:30 p.m. on Friday night (EST) prior to Archbishop Wood hosting Swift’s St. Joseph’s Prep squad on ESPNU.
He was set to make his decision at the half, but the ESPN producers wisely called an audible on that one. Webb will film a segment approximately two hours before the game. There won’t be any hocus-pocus or trickeration with the decision.
Webb said he will pull the hat out and that will be his choice. He’ll say a few words and then the nationwide audience will see him play both cornerback and receiver for his Vikings.
It is also worth noting Webb plans to take his official visits regardless of his choice on Friday night and he will not enroll early. The rigorous private school curriculum at Archbishop Wood does not allow that.
If it is Georgia …
Webb broke down the reason why he’d choose Georgia on Thursday night.
“It would definitely be because I believe in the coaching and the come up on the way for Georgia,” Webb said. “I believe in the program coming up a long way. I see the big changes going on that are coming up for Georgia and I really might want to be a part of that. If I went to play ball at Georgia, then that would be a chance for me to start out on my own and do my own thing.”
He told DawgNation the coaches at his choice already know his decision. Webb said he silently committed to that program about two weeks ago.
Brees-ing through the record book
The race for Player of the Year in Georgia is officially a runaway. Houston County senior and UGA commit Jake Fromm authored a big Thursday night of gargantuan fantasy football numbers to steer his team to 5-0.
Macon Telegraph correspondent Ryan Jordan credited the reigning Gatorade Player of the Year in Georgia with another 394 yards and six touchdowns against Warner Robins on Thursday night. He also added a rushing touchdown.
I’m about to type a very absurd sentence, but it is factual: It was an off night. Fromm came into the game averaging 461 passing yards per game. So, his production fell by 15 percent.
His 394-yard night meant he was 65 yards off his season average. I don’t think that statement has applied to a high school quarterback in Georgia before.
Houston County is also ranked as the No. 1 team in Class AAAAAA this season. Fromm’s latest performance beefs his season passing stats to 2,236 yards and 25 touchdowns.
He was better putting the ball in the end zone last night. The 6-foot-2, 215-pounder was only averaging 4.8 touchdowns per game.
Maybe he won’t have to do stadium steps all Monday morning for the drop-off. Maybe the math teachers in Houston County can build lesson plans around Fromm’s act each week. That might get the younger players a little more interested in Math.
All kidding aside, he’s a serious contender for the National Gatorade Player of the Year honor. That’s the same trophy 5-star freshman Jacob Eason won last year. Could Georgia add the winner of that trophy to the program in back-to-back years? That’s a possibility.
From is on his way to surpassing the 36 touchdown passes he threw last season by October. If he plays at least 13 games this year, then this pace projects to 5,814 yards and 65 touchdowns through the air.
Former Georgia QB Huston Mason holds the state record for passing yards with 4,506 yards. Fromm can own that mark by Halloween. Mason also has the single-season mark for touchdown passes with 54 in that same 2009 season.
Fromm also passed the 11,000-yard mark for career passing yards on Thursday night. That puts him 1,994 yards away from Clemson Heisman Trophy contender DeShaun Watson’s state record of 13,077 career passing yards.
When the season ends, he might hold all the records and also have the big-time scholarship offer. The discussion of the best quarterback in Georgia high school football history will definitely include the name Jake Fromm going forward.
The all-around senior is a film hound but has found the right balance in his life between faith, family, friends and football.
But he’s also a high school kid. Fromm found time to watch “21 Jump Street” this week in between film sessions.
Fromm will enroll early in January. He really hopes that the Bulldogs can earn the commitment from Webb tonight.
“I got to hang and talk to Mark at The Opening,” Fromm told DawgNation. “He wasn’t on my team, but I know by watching him play that he’s a really good ballplayer and an even better person.”
It appears there are a lot of those guys in the Class of 2017 for Georgia.
One more rep on Fromm
I realize this space usually requires a weekly Fromm update, but I’ll toss in a side of perspective on what Fromm is like from ESPN analyst Trent Dilfer.
Dilfer, the former No. 1 NFL Draft pick who somehow become a “game manager” type on Sundays, runs the Elite 11 quarterback derby every summer. Fromm was a member of that exclusive club and fared very well in at Nike’s “The Opening” this summer in Oregon.
The NFL Network aired an Elite 11 piece this week and the former Fresno State star used a very big name to make a player parallel for Fromm.
“You watch Jake Fromm play and Drew Brees jumps out at you,” Dilfer said. “The way their base is. Their deliveries. How he anticipates throws. Jake Fromm has a lot of Drew Brees in him at this age.”
Georgia offensive coordinator Jim Chaney also coached Brees in college. That sounds like a good fit.
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