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4-star QB Marcel Reed is ranked among the nation's top 10 QBs for the 2023 class on the 247Sports Composite scale.
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Marcel Reed: Elite junior shares opinion on how a top QB prospect feels about playing at UGA

Want to attack every day with the latest Georgia football recruiting info? That’s the Intel. This entry offers a view of how one of the nation’s top junior QBs views Georgia. Marcel Reed is a highly intelligent and talented son of a college head coach out of Tennessee.

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Marcel Reed will check a lot of boxes for the Georgia faithful. The thinking here is that Buster Faulkner, Todd Monken and Kirby Smart will see a lot of their boxes checked, too.

The Montgomery Bell Academy (Nashville, Tenn.) junior has been one of the four names most associated with Georgia at QB for the 2023 cycle.

There’s that Arch Manning fella everyone knows about. There is also the talented two-sport phenom Dylan Lonergan out of Brookwood in Metro Atlanta. North Cobb’s Malachi Singleton is also an impressive talent and then there is Reed.

The 6-foot-1.5, 175-pound junior has the following on his resume:

  • While his rankings have dipped a bit, he is still the nation’s No. 14 QB and No. 240 overall prospect for 2023 (247Sports Composite ratings) at this time.
  • Dual-threat ability: 1,170 passing yards and 10 TDs + 500 rushing yards and 11 TDs in 11 games this fall.
  • Robert Reed, Jr., his grandfather, was an All-American guard in college. He was drafted by the Houston Oilers and played for the Washington NFL franchise at the time.
  • His father, Rod Reed, was the head coach at Tennessee State from 2010-2021.
  • Plays basketball and football with this mindset: “I just love to be competitive. I don’t like to lose. I love to win. It is just something I do and I drive myself to be the best at everything I do. Being a coach’s son and being a football coach’s son, I know the game a lot. I have a passion for the game just as much as my father and my grandfather did when they played. That’s just something that drives me. I try to be as good or better than they were in high school or at the next level.”
  • He’s just going to be a QB in college, but he’s talented enough on the hardwood to have drilled seven treys in a single game two different times last season as a sophomore.

Reed thinks his father knows already he’s a better football player than he was. He might not admit that yet. While watching his film, there will be a blend of the influences of Lamar Jackson, Russell Wilson and Aaron Rodgers in his game.

“I can run and get around like Lamar Jackson and I think I have the vision of Russell Wilson in escaping the pocket,” Marcel Reed said.

His favorite QB? That’s Rodgers. Those guys both wear the No. 12 jersey. It is not a coincidence.

“I think my accuracy, my touch and the way I throw the ball are very similar to him,” Reed said. “That’s a high standard I have for myself, too.”

There’s the right kind of confidence there that one would expect to see from a quarterback when it is time to make a play.

“I can throw the ball but if I need to I can escape the pocket and get out,” Reed said. “Use my feet. I’d like to say I am kind of a shifty guy. I don’t expect anybody to tackle me when I’m running. If they do, then good for them. I don’t think they should. If you put somebody in front of me in the open field, I’d probably say nine times out of 10 they could not tackle me.”

What does a guy like that think of Georgia? The Bulldog offense? The logjam at the position? The development of the QBs under Faulkner, Monken and Smart?

The answers here will check a few more of those boxes.

4-star QB Marcel Reed is ranked among the nation's top 10 QBs for the 2023 class on the 247Sports Composite scale.
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Marcel Reed: What does he think about the QB spot at Georgia?

There are a few ways to look at the quarterback spot at Georgia. The first is there are DUDES everywhere on the current depth chart.

Then there are dudes on the way in the class ahead and the classes behind Reed.

There’s also the opinion the Bulldogs do not run a pass-happy offense. The Bulldogs have attempted a pass on an average of 29.4, 20.3, 25.5, 29.6, 30.6 and now 24.5 times per game across Smart’s six seasons.

Not to mention that whole dual-threat versus pocket passer narratives around Smart. The previous notion seems to have shifted with the current team.

What does Reed think about all of that? Let’s start with the depth chart.

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