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How come no mention of Jake Fromm’s brother committing to Auburn?
— David Krantz
You know, I didn’t realize we didn’t mention Tyler Fromm’s commitment to Auburn on DawgNation. I know it was intently discussed on DawgNation’s fan forum, on my social media feeds and, of course, quite prominently at SECcountry.com — HERE, HERE and HERE. I guess the reason is it sort of is and it sort of isn’t a Georgia story beyond that one thing: that his older brother happens to be the Bulldogs quarterback.
I did recognize DawgNation’s obvious interest in it, however. To that end, I reached out to Fromm’s mother for some possible commentary on it. She had an interesting and heartfelt post about it on her Facebook page. I thought she might expound on it for me. Alas, she didn’t reply to my request.
That is understandable. Emerson Fromm, the boys’ father, told me several weeks back that Kirby Smart asked him and Mrs. Fromm to accept fewer interview requests regarding Jake. You know, to stay in accordance with that whole “control the message” thing. But before Emerson informed me of that edict, we talked a good bit about all three of his sons, including the ongoing recruitment of his twin boys, Dylan and Tyler.
This was at the time of the DawgNation Appreciation Night. The Fromms’ dad just happened to call me back right before that event began that evening and we talked about how Jake had been spending his offseason and spring break, in particular. In the course of that conversation, we talked about the recruitment of Tyler, the receiver/tight end, and Dylan, the quarterback.
Both were garnering a lot of interest, he told me. Virtually none of that was coming from Georgia. And it didn’t sound like he was particularly offended by that. He told me Dylan, the shorter of the fraternal twins, was garnering mostly Ivy League and FCS offers. Tyler, he said, was getting a good bit of FBS interest but, for obvious reasons — his words — he wasn’t getting a lot of interest from Georgia. Tyler, mainly a wideout in high school, was slated to play end on the next level, Emerson told me.
The Bulldogs have five tight ends on their roster, or will when John FitzPatrick and Luke Ford arrive later this month. None of them physically look like Tyler Fromm, who fits the bill of the sort of hybrid wideout/tight end many utilize. Georgia’s five tight ends average 6-foot-5 ½ and 240 pounds.
Not that Tyler Fromm won’t grow into something like that. He’s just a junior and close to 6-5 already. Maybe he’ll develop into one of the best tight ends in the country. If he has his older brother’s work ethic, he likely will.
But I don’t really fault Georgia here for not pursuing Tyler with zeal. Or Dylan, for that matter. If Smart’s made nothing else clear in his brief tenure, he doesn’t play fast and loose with those grants-in-aid, of which every team gets only 85 and no more.
So the reaction among the Fromms is what one would expect. Including Jake, they’re all thrilled that Tyler has landed a full ride to a major college program, even it happens to be Georgia’s oldest and most constant rival.
But getting back and forth to see all their boys play ball in the future could prove a real nightmare. That explains Mrs. Fromm’s reaction on Facebook. She has since taken it down but it was something along the lines of “Lord have mercy, I’m going to need some Advil to figure out how this is going to work.”
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