Posted: 11:57 am Friday, April 4th, 2014
By Michael Carvell
UGA, along with possibly Georgia Tech, appears to one of the biggest beneficiaries of a new camp for elite quarterbacks held in the Atlanta area.
More than 40 of the nation’s top high school quarterbacks, including USC commit Ricky Town of Ventura, Calif., and FSU commit De’Andre Johnson of Jacksonville, are participating in this weekend’s Golden Arm Challenge at Centennial High School. Town is ranked as the nation’s No. 2 QB for 2015.
The two-day invitation-only camp kicks off at 4 p.m. Friday. At least three top QB prospects headed to UGA for unofficial visits on Friday morning since they were so close to the SEC campus after arriving early for camp:
- 2016 QB Keon Howard of Laurel, Miss. The 6-foot-2, 205-pounder has early offers from Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Southern Miss.
- 2016 QB Jack Allison of Palmetto, Fla. He’s 6-5 and 200 pounds with no early offers.
- 2017 QB Todd Centeio of West Palm Beach, Fla. He’s 6-1 and 185 pounds with no early offers.
- 2017 QB Tyler Pardon of Warren, Mich. He’s 5-11 and 162 pounds with no early offers.
“The UGA people are blown away that they can get that much talent at one school at one time,” Golden Arm Challenge director Tony Ballard said. “It’s absolutely crazy.”
UGA has offered four QBs for 2015, including both Town and Johnson, but does not have a commitment at the position yet.
On Thursday, Veterans High School’s Logan Byrd, who is 2016 but may be the state’s No. 1 QB prospect regardless of class, made an unofficial visit to UGA. He has around 10 early offers, including N.C. State and Duke. The 6-3 Byrd is also competing in this weekend’s camp.
Some of the quarterbacks have also expressed interest in seeing Georgia Tech’s campus while in the Atlanta area.
“We’re going to try to set up some kids to go to Georgia Tech on the way out of town on Sunday morning,” Ballard said. “The schedule is packed on Saturday, so they’re going to try for Sunday morning. They’ve already scheduled their flights, and they’ve obviously got to pass Georgia Tech on the way to the airport.”
Some of the top Georgia quarterbacks scheduled to participate in the Golden Arm Challenge are Harrison’s Lorenzo Nunez, Pace’s Kevin Johnson, Northview’s DJ Pearson, Mt. Pisgah’s Aaron Winchester, Woodstock’s Justin Agner, Roswell’s James Whitaker, Walton’s Josh White, and Cartersville’s Miller Forristall.
Saturday’s camp is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Centennial High School, and it’s open to the general public (free admission).
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