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5-star QB prospect Julian Sayin is a big name to know for the Class of 2024 cycle in Athens. (Courtesy photo)
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Julian Sayin: Could the dynamic 2024 QB be the next 5-star up for Georgia football?

Want to attack every day with the latest Georgia football recruiting info? That’s the Intel. This rep has the latest with 5-star junior QB Julian Sayin. He ranks as the nation’s No. 2 QB and the No. 13 overall prospect for 2024 on the 247Sports Composite ratings.

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There’s a reaction to every action in college recruiting. Especially at the 5-star level. Most definitely at the 5-star QB level.

Julian Sayin, the nation’s No. 2 QB for the 2024 cycle, had Georgia and Texas among his top schools earlier this week in his process.

So did Arch Manning. Manning chose the Longhorns.

That’s done a couple of things for a young man that completed 72 percent of his passes last fall. The Bulldogs suddenly look more tempting than the waves he likes to surf at Tamarack Beach near his California home.

The Longhorns will now slide among a perceived top tier that now also includes LSU, Notre Dame and UCLA.

He was asked directly how the Manning decision now shapes his outlook. It wasn’t an easy question to answer, but he handled it capably.

There was a sense of his abilities and what he could do. But he was honest. He sounded like a quarterback that knows not to throw the ball into blanket coverage just to prove he can.

“I would definitely say that I am a competitor,” he said. “I want to go find the best fit for myself.”

Georgia was already a good fit prior to the Manning news this week.

“But Arch is definitely one of the guys that I really respect in that class,” he said. “With what he is able to do on the field it wouldn’t be the smartest move for me to go behind him.”

That’s coming from a guy that already makes a lot of smart decisions on the field.

Sayin’s roots with Georgia are established. He has admired the program from his home in Carlsbad. He first visited UGA in June of 2021.

“I think I had seven or eight offers in my freshman year,” he said. “I remember when I went out to Georgia for their camp. I think it was in June of 2021. I got offered by Georgia by Coach Smart. Then the next three days just kind of blew up for me. It was definitely cool meeting coach [Todd] Monken and going out to Georgia for the first time.

He speaks to Georgia offensive coordinator Todd Monken often. Their last contact was on Wednesday of this week.

How does he feel about the ‘Dawgs?

“Obviously the national champs,” he said. “That’s definitely something. They are on the right track. They are consistent for the past five years Coach Smart has been there. Just winning. Just like a top 5 and a top 10 program. They have all the athletes you need around them. They get the receivers. They get the star-studded defense.”

“That’s definitely something you want as a quarterback to be surrounded by great players,” he said.

Sayin is rated as the nation’s No. 13 overall prospect in 2024 because of great work from his sophomore film. He will flash a lot of awareness and ability by stepping up into the pocket and keeping his eyes downfield.

Accuracy will be one of the buzzwords. Sayin threw for 2,750 yards, 34 touchdowns and only five interceptions in 2021. He also extended a lot of plays with his quick feet. He’s stepping up in the pocket time after time with the right read and an on-target throw.

Sayin plans to graduate early in December of 2023 to enroll early in 2024.

“Something I am going to focus on this year is just being more of a leader for my team,” he said. “I got voted captain as a junior this year. It is definitely going to be something that is going to be important to me this season.”

He said he would have no problem playing ball far away from home. For the right fit. He’s got a lot of family in Maryland and Pennsylvania.

“Going cross country is not a big deal for me,” he said.

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5-star QB prospect Julian Sayin is a big name to know for the Class of 2024 cycle in Athens. (Courtesy photo)
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Julian Sayin: Why he plays the game

We can make this boast with some clarity: Georgia has not recruited a QB quite like Sayin.

He’s a Cali kid. That means that wavy hair and a love for the waves will be close to his heart. There is also the incredibly original name of his first football team.

That was The Black Plague. No joke. That was the name of his flag football team. His Dad was the coach.

So while Arch choosing Texas might not bring the plague to Athens. Or locusts. It might bring a young man that threw darts for The Black Plague.

His older brother, Aidan, is a sophomore QB at Penn in The Ivy League. He started the final five games of the 2021 season.

Big brother was an influence.

“I fell in love with the game at a young age,” Sayin said. “I just kind of kept playing it. Every time I picked up a football I just had some joy that came into me. I just really love the game and I never knew I would be such a highly-recruited guy. It was all about the love of the game.”

Watch his film. It is impressive.

“I hope they see accuracy,” he said. “That’s definitely one of my strengths I would say. I think I have a high football IQ. I’ve been around the game for a long time. With my older brother, he plays quarterback at UPenn. I’ve been around the game. Just the ability to extend plays. When something is not there, just to be able to find a way to create something.”

It was a great awakening for him as a big-time prospect. His first offer came at the end of his eighth-grade year. That was from Florida Atlantic. It started rolling from there to 24 offers.

He’s got a guy he watches a lot. Both on and off the field. Sayin likes him some Joe Burrow.

“Just the way he plays and the off-the-field swagger that he has,” Sayin said.

Sayin doesn’t have a mink coat for Friday nights.

“Not yet,” he said.

Be sure to check out the fake reverse pass on his tape. There’s a fake handoff to the right. Then a fake reverse to the receiver coming behind him.

Sayin and his team work that look hard to the right side. He’s running right. Nobody is open to that side.

Sayin makes the play with a quick flick to the left side. Right as he’s getting hit. That receiver that came around on the fake got free for a touchdown.

5-star QB prospect Julian Sayin is a big name to know for the Class of 2024 cycle in Athens. (Courtesy photo)
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How Julian Sayin feels about Georgia football

Sayin feels he’s a good fit for what the Bulldogs do. His high school system is a Pro-Style. There is no expectation to see him sling it 45 times per game.

“It is very similar to what we run at Carlsbad,” he said. “At Carlsbad, we are not an ‘Air Raid’ team. We go Pro-Style. We go under center. We go shotgun. That’s what I like to see. That’s definitely a trend for the NFL when you are getting under center. Not a lot of schools do that nowadays. That’s definitely something that I like to see.”

“Then the pressure that Coach Monken puts on the quarterback. Changing the plays. ID the Mike [linebacker] and stuff like that.”

He only threw it 21 times per game last fall. That was good for 231 yards per game for a team that started out 11-0 and lost in the second round of the state playoffs.

Sayin was looking at an October or a November decision for his commitment timeline this fall.

“But I don’t know now,” he said. “Anything can happen. But that’s my timeline right now. I’m not 100 percent set on that.”

He could move up his timetable now.

“Still not sure yet,” Sayin said. “Possibly for the right opportunity and school.”

He doesn’t have any questions at this time about the ‘Dawgs.

“I’ve really liked Coach Smart since the first time I met him,” Sayin said. “Every time I sit down with him, it is a great conversation. He was definitely telling me how I’m a high priority for him. That is really cool to see.”

Monken has been a major key here. He will continue to be. Especially with his NFL background.

When he thinks of Georgia, that’s the first thing that comes to his mind.

“The relationship with Coach Monken is definitely big,” he said. “I really like him just from the first time we met. I really like Coach Monken. I really love Athens. Athens is really a special place that I was able to visit there. It has definitely been very warm to me and like I said before, the talent that they are able to put on the field around you at Georgia really stands out.”

5-star QB prospect Julian Sayin is a big name to know for the Class of 2024 cycle in Athens. (Courtesy photo)
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