It may seem odd to be concerned about a position with a 5-star is returning (Jacob Eason), and a 4-star (Jake Fromm) already enrolled, but you have to keep one eye towards the future.
So far, Georgia has missed on its initial targets: Trevor Lawrence opted for Clemson and Emory Jones will, apparently, play for Ohio State.
Georgia has since offered others, but the prospects that currently have the most traction won’t be coming from the state of Georgia.
Dorian Thompson-Robinson (Las Vegas) was offered last week. He plays for high school football powerhouse, Bishop Gorman, and was happy to finally receive an offer from the school he’s held in high regard for quite some time now.
Said Thompson-Robinson, to Dawgs247, it’s a “huge offer! Have had high interest in them since freshman year and I am really thankful I can consider them now”.
James Foster II was also offered last week, and he looks to be a prospect the Dawgs have a better than average shot of signing–if recent comments are to be believed–but they’ll have to hold off Missouri.
In both cases, one thing is definitely clear: the Bulldogs want a dual-threat quarterback on the roster.
As the game continues to evolve–both at the collegiate and professional levels–it’s clear that having a more mobile quarterback helps.
I admit I’m a traditionalist. I enjoy watching a quarterback take his snap from under center, go into his drop, progress through his reads, and complete the pass.
I find beauty in the game of those who are able to pick apart a defense and consistently find ways to make them pay for mental mistakes.
However, I also understand that the speed–coming from the defensive side of the field–has led to mismatches in the trenches.
If your offensive line isn’t capable of stemming the tide, then it won’t matter how talented the signal-caller, he’s not going to have time to get the job done.
For all the talent and toughness Eason showed last season, the lack of consistency (and talent) on the offensive line made for some very difficult growing pains.
Does having a more mobile quarterback completely cure those ails? Not necessarily. But having a player whose intentions aren’t necessarily known (will he pass the ball or take off and run) can be an advantage. Sometimes it can mean the difference between a three and out, and a new set of downs.
No doubt Kirby Smart knows this first-hand.
End of the day, the move towards adding more versatility to what Georgia has at the quarterback spot is a calculated move in response to a game that has certainly changed.
It’s only a matter of time before Georgia signs a player that fits the bill.