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.