Georgia Football: Speaking Honestly About the QB Situation 

Brice Ramsey transferred yesterday. 

I won’t bother saying I was surprised by his decision. didn’t figure he’d stick around as long as he did, given the odds and the awkward nature of his situation since the exit of Mike Bobo

Ramsey may not have ever outright earned the starting QB spot for Georgia, but that doesn’t mean he didn’t have the ability to start elsewhere. 

End of the day, I wish him well. 

He made a solid contribution for Georgia, when called upon, and I hope the next stop gives him the opportunity he seeks.
That said, Georgia now only has two scholarship quarterbacks on its depth chart.

That is neither ideal, nor good.

Naturally they’ll need to sign two prospects in the 2018 class but, with Jacob Eason sure to be settled in for at least one (if not two) more years, and Jake Fromm coming up behind him, who’s going to want to come to Georgia?

I’m not saying there’s not a quarterback in the country who would be willing to compete but, if you’re a 4- or 5-star prospect, with a quicker way of getting on the field elsewhere, then you’re hardly going to roll the dice.

Egos these days are much too big to bother with competition, and there’s enough perceived opportunity out there that a prospect is willing to take his chances elsewhere. 

It is what it is. 

Think back to the year when Georgia signed Aaron Murray, Zach Mettenberger, and Logan Gray. If not for the circumstances removing Mettenberger from the equation, one of the latter two would have certainly exited the following spring.

Gray eventually moved to wide receiver–and he remained bitter about the switch after the fact–but a lot of quarterbacks don’t come in with another skill set worth utilizing.

But, I digress. 

The question is where does this leave Georgia?
It likely leaves them looking at players who aren’t necessarily going to be considered the best in the nation, but who are good enough to justify a scholarship. 

They’re going to have to dig deep into the 2018 class, and may even have to wait and see who doesn’t sign elsewhere, to find a gem.

Here are a few names on my personal radar: 

John Holcombe, Dual-Threat (Humble, Texas)

He’s steadily rising and may soon be in the category of those QB’s with multiple Power 5 options. 

He’s in Texas, but Georgia has a toe in that state, so that helps.
Holcombe is a big prospect–6’4, 220–with an even bigger arm. He’s been making the rounds and, recently, was on Georgia Tech’s campus for a quick visit.

Devin Black, Dual-Threat (Seffner, Fla.)

Black is another mobile QB, but he’d much rather pass than run. That said, if he’s left to his own devices, he can definitely make you pay with his legs.

At present, he has six offers–including ones from Louisville and Iowa–but he’s also a bit on the lean side at 6’1, 170.

I don’t know how interested Georgia would be in him at the moment, but I’m keeping an eye on how well he progresses this season.

Riley Smith, Pro-Style (Jacksonville, Fla.)

Smith has 17-offers, and counting, but not one of those offers is from a Power 5. Not yet anyway.

Smith surprised a few scouts recently when he performed well at an Under Armour camp in Orlando a couple weeks back, but he continues fo fly under the radar. That may be due to the fact that Bartram Trail’s offense rotated its three quarterbacks last season.

Even so, Smith ended the season with over 1100 yards passing, and 11 touchdowns. He also added 344 yards on the ground, so the kid is definitely making the most of his opportunities. 

He hopes to see his fortunes change after taking part in a few more camps this spring/summer.

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9 comments for “Georgia Football: Speaking Honestly About the QB Situation 

  1. 03/15/2017 at 9:46 PM

    All of them appear to have a good arm so I would say Holcombe with that great size would be the one I would most want. Great vids and great insights Kimberley.

    • 03/15/2017 at 10:50 PM

      Holcombe looks like a kid who may be on a lot more radars before it’s al said and done, for sure.

      Thanks for the kudos, dawgdaddy!

  2. South FL Dawg
    03/15/2017 at 8:09 PM

    I’m just thinking outloud but recruiting stars only mean so much. Sometimes a 3 star (or even a walkon – the Oklahoma guy) will be better than the recruiting web sites think. Plenty of times a 5 star won’t be as good as they think. Wouldn’t it make more sense to look for a coach, an offensive philosophy, and a few playmakers to be on my team….

    There was a line in the movie Risky Business – “don’t overthink it” – which wasn’t just Hollywood fake stuff.

    • 03/15/2017 at 8:20 PM

      I agree that the star rankings don’t always turn out to be much more than newsworthy chatter, but I also know that it’s rare to see a walk-on (preferred or otherwise) beat out a legitimately ranked QB.

      Where there may not be much difference between a 3- and a 5-star (at times), the perception of how wide the chasm is sometimes what will make the difference between him being a target or an afterthought.

      End of the day, if any of that made sense (LOL), Georgia supposedly has the coach, the philosophy, and the playmakers already, but you still want a QB that’s smart and talented enough to make plays for you.

      Just some additional thoughts there, I guess. 🙂

      Thanks for dropping some comments, South FL–always a pleasure to hear your thoughts.

      • South FL Dawg
        03/15/2017 at 9:16 PM

        I don’t disagree especially about walkons being rare. So let’s look at 3* and 5* recruits. You said it and I agree, there’s not that much of a gap.

        Assume one team has 5 QB’s that were all 3* it’s still 5 guys with talent. Another team has only 2 QB’s that were both 5* but you only have 2 guys ahead of you. If I’m choosing one, I figure I get 3rd team reps with the latter and maybe (if there’s an injury) I even move up to #2.

        Obviously I’m not these kids though LOL!!! Look at Clemson – they signed 2 guys this past February and I don’t know how many others they have from prior classes. Let’s not even look at the stars. The QB1 job is open so somebody is going to have a year of experience by this time next year. Is Trevor Lawrence that enamored with his abilities? I guess he could be, but that’s also recruiting; the good recruiters know which angles to play.

        • 03/15/2017 at 10:49 PM

          I hear what you’re saying and I think a lot of it will depend–as you know–on how much the kid understands the possibility of having competition.

          I think a lot of these prospects are so used to being “that guy”, they’re not expecting to come in and work, they’re looking to come in and play/start.

          The main issue with Georgia is you’ve only got two guys on scholarship–could the other be relevant to the completion? Perhaps, but let’s be realistic about Bennett (the preferred walk-on), he’s got tough sledding no matter how you slice it. LOL.

          End of the day, Georgia wants quality depth and if they can find a kid–for whom not many are clamoring, but who is likely on the come-up–and he’s in that 3* range, I’m fine with it.

          As of now, the walk-on is an injury mishap away from being our No. 2 …and that’s not exactly ideal. Ha!

          Thanks for continuing the convo!

        • South FL Dawg
          03/15/2017 at 11:25 PM

          It looks like CKS is going to go hard after Justin Fields, Emory Jones, Trevor Lawrence. Meantime he’ll look for a complementary other QB in the same class. Eventually somebody will flip.

      • South FL Dawg
        03/15/2017 at 9:18 PM

        Let me add – I look forward to your objective views on all things UGA football so thanks!

        • 03/15/2017 at 10:49 PM

          Sure thing! Appreciate the look as always!

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