Posted: 1:14 pm Monday, July 7th, 2014

Will UGA sign a QB for 2015? 

By Michael Carvell

Will UGA sign a quarterback in this year’s football recruiting class?

If there’s a recruiting tradition for Mark Richt, it’s to sign a quarterback every February: Out of his 14 recruiting classes, Richt has secured a quarterback in every class but two. The last UGA class that didn’t include one was 2008.

Will UGA add one for 2015? They’ve tossed out offers to a few high-profile targets but 247sports.com’s Rusty Mansell doesn’t think the Bulldogs will sign one, at least at this point.

“I don’t think they will take a quarterback in this year’s class, based on where the numbers are right now and where they’re at,” Mansell said.

“But you never say never because they took Hutson Mason late in 2010 when they said they weren’t going to take one. They didn’t take him until January (before that year’s signing day).

“To me, it looks like the clear target is Jacob Eason, who is a 5-star in the next class.”

More on Eason in a second, but Mansell said UGA’s recruiting plans this year at quarterback will likely be confirmed at Dawg Night prospect camp in a couple of weeks. There will be several 2015 quarterbacks showing up to audition for scholarship offers.

“I think after Dawg Night, you will have a clear picture with how Georgia will try to move in this class and, more importantly, the next class,” he said. “There are some guys that Georgia will get to see throw for the first time at Dawg Night … But at this point, I would be surprised if they took a 2015 quarterback.

2016 QB Jacob Eason (247sports.com)

2016 QB Jacob Eason (247sports.com)

Jacob Eason is a 6-foot-5, 205-pound junior from Lake Stevens, Wash., and he’s rated as the nation’s No. 2 pro-style quarterback for 2015. While UGA may seem like a long shot for a quarterback from the West Coast, the Bulldogs are currently listed as his favorite in the 247sports Crystal Ball predictions, barely ahead of Notre Dame. Washington, Stanford and Alabama are also in the mix.

Eason is expected to attend UGA’s camp for a couple of days.

“The biggest thing about Eason, unlike most quarterbacks they’ve recruited, is that I think Eason wants to commit to early so he can recruit a lot of kids to go with him to the same college,” Mansell said. “He’s already made contact with offensive lineman Ben Cleveland (of Stephens County High School). He’s already talked with Greg Little (of Allen, Texas), the No. 1 offensive tackle in the country next year.

“Jacob reminds of Chris Leak – he committed early to Florida and started working hard to recruit other guys there up until he signed.

“When you’re on the West Coast, and you’re reaching out to kids in Toccoa, Georgia, you mean business.”

For 2016, UGA has made one other early offer, per 247sports – dual-threat QB Feleipe Franks of Crawfordville, Fla. He’s committed to LSU. UGA is also looking at Logan Byrd of Veterans High School, among others.

For 2015, UGA has offered one pro-style QB, Ricky Towns of Ventura, Calif. (committed to USC). They’ve offered three dual-threat QBs, including Kai Locksley of Baltimore (undecided), Lamar Jackson of Boynton Beach, Fla., (undecided) and De’Andre Johnson of Jacksonville (committed to FSU).

The Bulldogs currently have four quarterbacks on the roster: Senior starter Hutson Mason, followed by sophomore Faton Bauta and freshmen Brice Ramsey and Jacob Park. If one of the freshmen decides to transfer after next season (and there’s no indication at this point that anybody will), then UGA would likely make a late addition at QB.

Ed note: My guess, based on my gut instinct more than anything else, is that UGA will end up signing a QB in this class. Probably a dual-threat kid like Faton Bauta who is athletic enough to play another position if there’s too much of a logjam at QB. And it won’t be a big enough name to scare away Jacob Eason or other high-profile high school juniors. I’m basing my theory on the fact that there’s no proven QBs behind Hutson Mason, and that UGA will want to throw another body in the QB race, post-Mason. We’ll know a lot more after Dawg Night on July 18-19.

WHO WILL BE THIS YEAR’S UGA QB SIGNEE?

Mark Richt’s QB signees at UGA

  • 2015: ?
  • 2014: Jacob Park
  • 2013: Bryce Ramsey
  • 2012: Faton Bauta
  • 2011: Christian LeMay
  • 2010: Hutson Mason
  • 2009: Aaron Murray, Zach Mettenberger
  • 2008: None
  • 2007: Logan Gray
  • 2006: Matthew Stafford
  • 2005: Joe Cox
  • 2004: Blake Barnes
  • 2003: None
  • 2002: Joe Tereshinski
  • 2001: DJ Shockley

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93 comments
keendaddy
keendaddy

This kid must be pretty smart, he's trying to recruit OL to protect him. Living in the Great State of Georgia, I'm not really sure why I have to watch my College & Pro team's QB running for their life's, every weekend. At least they learned to throw on the run, lol. In the Military, they taught us to key the mike from a moving jeep, or to remote our antenna's! The enemy uses directional finders to pop a missile at the source of transmission (QB) I believe Georgia has a OL that could be better, if we payed a little more attention to instate OL recruiting. And for those you who think we're just fine, I ask , why would't we be even better offensively, with a higher recruited OL? Spin it how you want, but we can do better. I just wonder why this is a regular asked question, with the same old lame answer, "Our Offense is already the best, we don't need them!"

keendaddy
keendaddy

It's always the trolls that make rude comments about Coach Richt's Christianity, I wonder why? Dawg fans, are at ease with his beliefs. Some of you outsiders need to stop hating our Religious Freedoms. Making derogatory comments about a person's Religion is exactly the same low life, low class thing, as comments about kin color or sexual preferences. I've listened to the same trolls berate Dawg fans, for making crude statements. Sounds hypocritical to me. You know who you are!

Birmingham__Jacket
Birmingham__Jacket

Lots and lots of good college football programs between Washington and Athens.  Why in the heck would he want to go to UGA?

sportsnut
sportsnut

To Tide_Roll, Christian Lemay is Black. UGA, recruits Pro-Style QB's for the NFL. That is why you don't see many black QB's at UGA.

AlternativeDawg
AlternativeDawg

Again...Richt focusing on a big time QB so the cycle continues. We get some big QB for 4 years....have a year or so drop off and redo.


Meanwhile no one even mentions how bad our OL is potentially going to be and will be in the future because we cannot sign a top 5 OL in our own state.

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

Bobo and Richt won't turn away a great dual- threat Quarterback but would much prefer to sign a  Pro Style one. They Recruit the rest of the Offense based on having a Pro Style leading the team. 

Georgia knows that a Quarterback has a better chance at not getting hurt if he limits his running and just lets the Tailback do that job. Also, Richt prides himself in sending players to the NFL ready to play. He knows that most of the dual- threat Quarterbacks coming out of College will have to learn how to be a Pro Style another position not play Pro Ball at all  or not last long in Pro Ball mostly because they get hurt. We don't need to waste a Scholarship for the 2015 class  but we need to sign one for the 2016 class. Stay with what they know best, Pro Style.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

Does DawginCO live in Colorado? That would explain a lot.

Red-Dog
Red-Dog

I would say yes, and "oversign" one while your at it.... UGA should be an academic football factory.

TIDE_ROLL
TIDE_ROLL


One Black QB in 14 years and the one year Richt and Booboo decide to  play him, he leads you to your last SEC title, waaaay back in 2005. Just the way y'all like it. 


Only a UGA fan base would keep those two around. You're the most tortured fan base in America and it's all self-induced.


What a friggin' program! GOOOO DAWGS. 35 years.


I swear, with you guys it's gonna be 50!

ShowMeYurTDs
ShowMeYurTDs

No' especially not this 6'5" fellow. Richt doesn't want a quarterback over 6 feet tall?

Delbert_D
Delbert_D

QB? No need. Start four of those much-hyped running backs in a single wing formation.

tomkat1111
tomkat1111

CMR needs to sign some 5 star linemen if he wants to win a national championship.

TU
TU

Richt and David Cutcliffe seem to be the top QB guru masters.


Farcas
Farcas

Because any school beats the heck out of going to play at a rat hole located in downtown Atlanta. You know, like tech.

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@Red-Dog 

"Academic football factory" - I learned a new oxymoron

thebucket
thebucket

@TIDE_ROLL  Since you are supposedly a Tide fan (which I don't buy for a second), tell me how many black QB's have played @ Bama in the last 14 years?

DawginCO
DawginCO

@ShowMeYurTDs  I supposed you have reading difficulties.  Eason is a 2016 prospect. How big was Matt Stafford, and how about David Greene?  oopps, I guess youshowedushowstupidyouare.  LOL

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@tomkat1111 How many wins did Tennessee get in 2012 when they were supposed to have "the best O-line in the SEC" with all 5 being senior starters? Point being, I'd rather have a great QB, great running backs, and great receivers and a good O-line, than a great O-line and no weapons to take advantage of that O-line. An O-line itself isn't enough to win a national title. Stop assuming you can push everyone around in this league. And if you think UGA's O-line isn't good you're fooling yourself. You don't finish off 8 minute drives to end the game if you don't have a good O-line. Ask Spurrier who after our game last year said "They just whipped us up front". Go watch the ending of that Florida game. Our O-line dominated. 

WhiskeyBreath
WhiskeyBreath

@tomkat1111 Yea you're right, but thankfully Brother will never ever sign top lineman.

It is the Ga Way, don't put to much value in the big uglies. 

Notice it has been a while since one was drafted in a early round of the NFL.

Don't ever change Brother Richt. 

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

LOL.....Bama and Nick going to get a visit from Rev Jessie one of these days. Good thing Nick is a Democrat.

tomkat1111
tomkat1111

@DawgGoneIt @tomkat1111 Have you watched the number of times a UGA rb has been tackled in the backfield ? Noticed how many sacks and qb hurries occur each game ? If our line was as talented as our rb's, wr's, we might win the SEC for a change.

DawginCO
DawginCO

@DawgGoneIt  The trolls can't say anything bad about our offense except that they think that our line is weak.  They know we can score on anybody and that bothers them.  But they also want to deflect from the real reason we Bulldogs should be optimistic.  We will finally put a good defense on the field.  All the other BS that trolls and negative supposed fans throw out here, the only reason we didn't win it all in 2012 was defense.  Sorry but that is it.  Hold Bama under 300 yards and we win the game.  

Sure, even with the crappy defense last year, our top 2 RBs down, top 4 WRs down, and shaky STs, we still lost only 1 game by more than 5 points.  We don't lose any of those games with a good defense, even with the injuries.  Oh, I'll get ragged on by trolls and Debbie downers for telling the truth but I could care less.

I find it amusing that it seems like that they all are focusing on the O-line.  The O-line is just fine.  We'll revisit this after the season starts.  By then perhaps the picture will be a little clearer.  A hint to everyone obsessed with the O-line:  If you are measuring any O-line by what Bama put on the field in 2012, they will all fall short.  You won't see a line like that again for a long time.  Sorry but your fixation is misplaced.

DawginCO
DawginCO

@WhiskeyBreath  ok you laid out there for everyone finally. 

 "but thankfully Brother will never ever sign top lineman."

Now why would a fan of the almighty Crimson Tide even worry about that?  Well?  Yeah, you and the other Bammers are just wondering what will happen when we get a good defense on the field to go with our potent offense.  You know what will happen.  And that nearly happened in 2012.  You said it, not me.  I just translated your trollese for everybody else.  So how does it feel to be the idiot who let the cat out of the bag?  You spelled it out in 1 sentence. Some of us already read between the lines and knew what the underlying reason you Bammers swarm these blogs any time somebody is a bit optimistic about Georgia football.


Have fun slinging pitiful insults while you try to back out of that one!  LMFAO!

Grant1296
Grant1296

LOL... When was the last Bama QB drafted number one overall????

ScoreCheck
ScoreCheck

@KeepOnSmilingWetWillie


Stafford won the top player drafted in the NFL and a boat load of money.

How is that scratch-off lottery card working out for you?

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@tomkat1111 Or if we had a defense worth a damn. Offense hasn't been the problem at UGA for quite some time.

DawginCO
DawginCO

@SinceVince  Yup, they wanted it more.  Where are their dominant linemen?  Oh and did you catch the last 8 1/2 minutes of the UF game?  Our o-line shoved them around and we ran out the clock.  Just like Vince used to do.  And we did the exact same thing to SC last year as well.  Wow, that is really terrible line play.

SinceVince
SinceVince

@DawginCO  you must be on that Rocky Mountain high huh....... not to mention that team we couldnt push to get some crucial first downs... a team in Nashville.

SinceVince
SinceVince

@DawginCO ...lets face it ..while its been great to beat Florida for 3 straight years... they are not the same since both the evil genius and Oscar Meyer have left.  

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

The man said Richt was a QB Guru but maybe he should have given Bobo some credit?

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@DawgGoneIt 

Former Alabama QBs have won 3 Super Bowls.  The only former UGA QB who has won a Super Bowl did it as a wide receiver.

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@gtcaryd 

Bart Starr - Winner of I and II

Namath won III

Stabler won XI

Hines Ward was MVP of XL