WATCH: Carson Beck shares his connection to Georgia’s 1980 national championship team

Carson Beck has more than a few ties to Georgia.

When DawgNation spent some time with Carson Beck last month, it afforded the opportunity to share several intriguing storylines about the centerpiece QB commit for the 2020 class.

The big arm and the big throw. How his talents will even get a Florida fan to pull for Georgia while he’s in Athens. The unique player comparisons to some very big names. 

Beck and his considerable talents will be evaluated closely later this week when he travels out to Texas for the Elite 11 quarterback competition. That will take place just prior to the Opening finals. He will be competing at the training camp headquarters of the Dallas Cowboys.

Perhaps one of the more interesting pieces of content we’ve yet to share yet details his deep-rooted interest in Georgia. Ironically, there is a connection within some of the layers to that with the 1980 national championship team at Georgia.

Georgia junior QB Jake Fromm stands next to 2020 commit Carson Beck. Beck has a couple of inches of height on Fromm. That distinction is reflected here. (Tracy Beck/Special to DawgNation)

Beck nodded along to a view of his recruiting that most high school guys can relate to. It does sound like Georgia was the school he loved that didn’t really love him back at first.

He had heard about the Bulldogs from a lot of his recreational league coaches growing up but shared with DawgNation a clear connection that came about in the summer prior to his eighth-grade year.

“Kind of when I realized ‘Hey I could actually go play college football’ and the first camp I ever went to was the Georgia football camp,” Beck said. “Right when coach [Kirby] Smart got signed as the head coach.”

There was some coincidence at work there.

Joe Creamons was the defensive line coach for Providence School in Jacksonville back then. That was the program he was a part of at that time. Creamons also just happened to be a member of Georgia’s 1980 national championship team.

“He took me, his son and then another football player that was on our team up there to the Georgia camp and I just absolutely loved it there,” Beck said. “I got to meet a lot of coaches and they were just super genuine and kind. Obviously, I was only in eighth grade. So there really wasn’t [with him] a lot to see.”

Beck was already a big kid, though. He’d hit his growth spurt was already a 6-foot-3 prospect back then.

“From then on, that was the first campus I had ever been on for a football camp and the first campus I actually got to kind of tour around and see,” Beck said. “Almost from the beginning, I kind of fell in love with the place.”

There was interest there as he kept going back to camps, but it wasn’t what Beck described as “enough.” He felt some interest was there, but he just didn’t have the film to garner an offer yet.

That made sense. Beck had only seen four games of varsity action prior to his breakout junior year which earned him the title of Florida’s “Mr. Football” for 2018. Beck took that rare honor for a junior he led his Mandarin High team to the state championship in Florida’s largest classification.

The Mustangs finished 2-8 in the season prior to his arrival.

Georgia QB commitment Carson Beck will be in action at the Elite 11 and the national Opening finals out in Texas later this week. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)

Carson Beck wants to make his UGA vibe sound “special”

Beck, who is a little more than 6-foot-4 and will weigh 225 or so, basically ended his recruiting journey once he committed to the Bulldogs back on March 3. It was a hurry-up courtship soon after he received a long-sought Georgia offer back in late February. It was basically over very quickly after that.

Beck said back in May that he was “done” with his recruiting. What led him to that?

“Why I am done?” Beck says in the featured video above. “I want to word this right. I want to make this sound special.”

The 4-star QB only needed about two Mississippis of backyard football time to frame those words.

“Truly just to be easy with it,” he started off. “I found a place where I am going to be treated like family.”

There are other moments which stick out from those conversations. His thoughts on the following topics are all shared in the featured video element at the top of this page:

  • Why he liked the Georgia program and Kirby Smart while he was committed to Alabama
  • He explained why he de-committed from Alabama
  • Why was Georgia among his top schools even though he didn’t have that offer?
  • Did Beck really name Florida as his top school?
  • How does he fit into the new UGA offense led by James Coley?

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