UGA recruiting: Bulldogs continue to search for their 2018 quarterback
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CHARLOTTE, N.C — Joe Milton committed to Michigan over the weekend. The 4-star pro-style passer from Orlando had been targeted by Georgia.
Milton’s decision was to be expected, and it looks like the Bulldogs will see another player they targeted come off the board very soon.
That’s because UGA’s odds to land Gerry Bohanon Jr. do not look good. A decision is nearing, and it seems like the Bulldogs have considerable ground to make up.
Bohanon has an offer to play quarterback at UGA. He’s rated as the nation’s No. 12 dual-threat QB and recently visited Athens.
He wanted to see if UGA would continue to recruit him hard after that visit.
It appears that has not been the case. He said that UGA was recruiting him “somewhat hard” at this time. He said he just heard from Georgia offensive coordinator Jim Chaney this past Saturday.
“Georgia is texting me at least once every 14 days,” he said. “Maybe twice every 14 days. It is not an everyday thing with me hearing from Georgia. At least once every two weeks.”
Bohanon said he hears from Auburn, Baylor, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Tennessee just about every day. It appears to be too late in the game for the Bulldogs and Bohanon.
He told DawgNation there’s a “95 percent chance” he’ll make his commitment this month. Look for that to come on May 19, the date of his Arkansas high school team’s spring game.
The 6-foot-3, 213-pound prospect said he feels like he knows he could make a commitment at any time to Auburn, Baylor, Arkansas, Ole Miss and Mississippi State, saying those offers are committable.
“They write me the most and contact me the most,” he said. “They hold the most conversations with me.”
He plans to make his decision soon so he can focus on his senior season and his high school team.
“My senior season is coming up and our spring game is coming up,” Bohanon said. “Perfect timing. Most quarterbacks don’t want that much pressure like this on them during their senior season. They want to get this recruiting out of the way.”
He threw a good crisp ball at times at the Charlotte Opening regional on Sunday.
How ’bout the UGA recruiting effort for Jarren Williams?
The Bohanon example reflects a common theme around Georgia and the quarterbacks in the Class of 2018. DawgNation discussed that earlier this spring.
There’s no denying that the presence of 5-stars Jacob Eason and Jake Fromm loom large. Those two look to have the position staked out until at least the 2019 season, but they are still the only scholarship QBs on the roster at this time.
Georgia has had to go about its 2018 recruiting at quarterback tactfully because of several factors. It made the logical choice to offer only 5-stars Trevor Lawrence and Emory Jones shortly after Smart was hired in December of 2016.
— Jeff Sentell (@jeffsentell) May 7, 2017
Jones chose Ohio State first. Lawrence eventually settled on Clemson. The Bulldogs chose to offer future 5-star Justin Fields until just before that time.
That was too late. Fields soon chose Penn State. That tally at that time measured that the Bulldogs went 0-for-3 on in-state quarterbacks.
So UGA looked out-of-state. The Bulldogs proceeded to offer 12 other out-of-state targets before finally offering Jarren Williams late last week.
The Central Gwinnett standout looked sharp at the Charlotte Opening regional. He even earned an invite to the Elite 11 in June.
— Jeff Sentell (@jeffsentell) May 8, 2017
I also picked up three important pieces of information regarding his process at that event.
- The Bulldogs have made a habit to continually recruit him each day. Offensive coordinator Jim Chaney is applying constant daily attention at this time. That’s a stark contrast to the way other QBs (see James Foster and Bohanon) have been recruited.
- That said, it appears too late for the Bulldogs to make any significant push. When all is said and done, it likely would take a major effort from Chaney to even push the Bulldogs into a final top 3 for Williams.
- I expect Williams to arrive at a final decision sometime early in the summer. This process and the burdens of another decision ahead after he de-committed from Kentucky must be taxing. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him arrive at a new final decision in less than 30 days.
The last word from 5-star QB Emory Jones
The Bulldogs have not given up on flipping Emory Jones.
“They are still pushing hard and came and saw me this spring,” Jones said. “They are still trying,” Jones said.
It likely will matter very little.
Jones said earlier this month that he felt that only Alabama, Florida and Florida State had hope in trying to flip him from the Buckeyes.
Why wasn’t UGA in that lot?
“I just don’t think that’s the right fit for me there,” Jones said. “I love the coaching staff there and everything there, but I just don’t feel that’s the right fit for me.”
Jones is recruiting a lot of big-time prospects to join him in Columbus. A few of those will overlap with UGA’s big board for 2018. The Heard County standout included 5-star UGA targets Jamaree Salyer and Zamir White among his top priorities.
He even said White was his highest priority. The Buckeyes have a commitment from an all-purpose back and another RB target, but White is the highest back on their board.
“That man right there can tote that ball,” Jones said. “He runs hard and that will help us out with [defenses] having to stop both me and him.”