Sentell’s Intel: Jake Fromm can be a lot more than Jacob Eason insurance at Georgia

Jake Fromm, center, spoke to ESPN several times during the course of The Opening in Oregon.

The Opening closed on Sunday night.

The nation’s top quarterbacks worked with their peers at receiver and tight end for two days before being joined by the nation’s finest on the offensive and defensive lines, linebacker, running back and the secondary.

What did DawgNation see beyond the swooshes at Nike’s Oregon headquarters? Lots. The main thing is Georgia has gained commitments from a quartet of four-star prospects over the last eight days. That gives the Bulldogs 15 commitments for the Class of 2017 and 17 total counting the 2018 and 2019 pledges.

The big story once The Opening ended was watching move UGA up to No. 2 overall in the team recruiting rankings after landing back-to-back four-stars on Sunday in Oregon. Georgia vaulted Alabama and now trails only Ohio State nationally.

Georgia now has the top recruiting class in the SEC. Kirby Smart has been the head coach for less than eight months. The Bulldogs are also working as hard if not harder on the trail as anyone. It is the pitch, but it is also the effort and execution of that message that has given the Bulldogs so much traction. 

That is known, though. Still worth bringing up as the lede. What else is worth a few paragraphs of intel? Let’s start under center. The future of the quarterback position couldn’t be any brighter right now at Georgia. The present? Well, that’s for my AJC peers at SEC Media Days to sort out.

Jake from State Fromm will be more than Jacob Eason insurance

Four-star quarterback commitment Jake Fromm (Houston County / Warner Robins, Ga.) ranged from good-to-very-good, to oh-my-goodness-great, and to good in Oregon. We could pile upon detail upon detail, but we’ll hit four quick points.

1) The weekend before The Opening, Fromm made a mistake that can only be chalked up to youth and how much he loves the outdoors. Fromm was out frog-gigging one one night across the July 4 weekend. That required him to run a trolling motor back and forth for extended periods.

Fromm is rated as the nation’s No. 3 pro-style quarterback passer for the Class of 2017. (Jeff Sentell / AJC)

He ran that motor with his throwing hand. The next day he could barely move his wrist. Fast forward a few days and he was spinning the football as well as any quarterback at The Opening not named Davis Mills or Tua Tagovailoa.

What is Fromm’s style? He’s definitely not an excuse maker. He didn’t bring that story up at all and wanted to let his play speak for itself. His crescendo was Saturday. He threw for seven touchdowns and zero interceptions across nine drives. A veteran Elite 11 coach said it was one of the five finest throwing days he’d ever seen at The Opening.

Fromm relates to people in a way that guys will lay it on the line for him. A lot of that has to do with his faith and his humble country roots. That’s all good, but that doesn’t move the chains. I watched him when no one else was watching him when Ohio State commit Tate Martell was leading drives. Watching him guide receivers or correct route concepts when he wasn’t in the hot seat stood out. So did his exuberance in seeing any teammate do well.  

He will play well and represent the program in a first-class manner. Fromm will push Eason very quickly once he enrolls early and arrives on campus in January. Jacob Eason insurance? Nope. He’s far better than that. 

It looks like Georgia is signing the third-best quarterback in the country this year. At least. That’s a class after signing the nation’s second-best in Eason. 

Look for the decision to be finalized over the last 10 days of July. His announcement should be right around the first day of August.

4 downs on the Toniel Carter commitment

1) If you haven’t already, please carve out a few minutes to learn about four-star running back Toniel Carter. We try to write about these players as people and not just where they are rated as much as possible. The aim is to take the helmet off, tell their stories and try to help fan bases commit to them and their careers as much as they commit to a program.

Carter has a story that goes beyond the game and I’m grateful the Carter family allowed me the honor to share that.

Toniel Carter is the nation’s No. 5 RB prospect for the Class of 2017. (Jeremy Birmingham /

2) His family was already thinking about not taking any official visits going forward. Texas A&M was his second choice. That campus is less than an hour from their Houston home. Byron Carter, his older brother and guardian as a result of a pair of unfortunate circumstances, just wants to stress what commitment actually means.

3) The Carter family is looking at moving to Northeast Georgia once the nation’s No. 5 running back enrolls in January.

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