Steve Spurrier, who turned 70 years this spring, told one of Georgia’s top juniors that he would coach at South Carolina for six more seasons if he committed this weekend.
Jake Fromm, a 4-star quarterback from Houston County High School, didn’t commit, but he says he’d want the legendary Head Ball Coach around if he did.
“While we were having a conversation, he just began to tell stories of Danny Wuerffel and the success he had,” Fromm told the AJC.
“Of course, he said it jokingly,” Fromm recalls of Spurrier’s guarantee. “I hope if for some reason I do go there, he does stay all six, maybe even seven years.”
If Fromm commits to South Carolina, he wouldn’t play for the Gamecocks until the 2017 season — and finish in 2020, when Spurrier would be a chipper 75.
More on Spurrier: Fromm knows just how much clout Spurrier carries in developing quarterbacks. So much, in fact, that he wouldn’t mind being a part of his proposed two-year-in-the-making solution.
“Coach Spurrier, he knows a lot about football and playing quarterback, that’s for sure,” Fromm said.
“He would definitely help me increase my game and potentially help me become one of the greats.”
Added Fromm: “I believe he thinks highly of me, and I would love to have the chance to play for him.”
Outside of his conversation with Spurrier, Fromm got a chance to speak with linebackers coach Kirk Botkin and quarterbacks coach G.A. Mangus during what he confirms to be his final unofficial visit of the summer.
The rising junior has been highly sought after by several schools and currently holds 15 offers. Of those schools, however, Alabama, Ole Miss and South Carolina – not in any particular order – round out his top three.
Despite recent reports linking him heavily to Alabama, Fromm tells the AJC that he isn’t leaning more towards one school or another.
The 6-foot-2, 215-pound quarterback took an unofficial visit to Tuscaloosa in June, where he got a chance to throw and chat with junior quarterback Jacob Coker, but still remains undecided.
“I wouldn’t necessarily say I’m more towards Alabama,” Fromm said. “I’ve definitely enjoyed spending my time over there just like I have at the other two schools.”
Fromm confirmed that he’s wrapped up his visits for the summer and suggested that the next one he takes would be a commitment visit. When he decides to make that decision, though, remains unclear.
“Who knows,” he said. “Only time will tell. It’ll be somewhere around the season. I don’t know if it will be before, during, towards the end or after. I have no idea.”
Fromm is looking to capitalize on an impressive 2014 season in which he threw for over 3,500 yards, 31 touchdowns and just five interceptions. Regardless of where he goes and what offense he runs in college, the Houston County quarterback is confident he’ll be a fit.
“All three have great offenses, it doesn’t really bother me a whole lot,” Fromm said of his leading schools. “You still have to say ‘hut’ and throw the ball somewhere. It doesn’t matter what offense you’re in, you’re still going to have to move around and make plays.”
— By Chuck Kingsbury, Special for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution