UGA recruiting: Which QBs have the Bulldogs targeted for this cycle?

Quarterback. It is the one element of UGA recruiting that fans will pore over every cycle. No matter who is on campus.

Georgia might win the debate regarding which program has the nation’s best long-term QB outlook with sophomore Jake Fromm and early enrollee Justin Fields on the team.

Fromm had a special freshman season for any signal caller. Anywhere. He led the Bulldogs to an SEC title, a Rose Bowl win and took UGA into overtime of the national championship against Alabama. He will garner some preseason ALL-SEC attention. Rightfully so.

Couple that with the 5-star Fields and that’s quite a 1-2 punch for the depth chart. Fields was the Elite 11 MVP and the nation’s No. 2 overall prospect for 2018. The 6-foot-3 Fields also brings a nice pairing to Fromm’s game. Fields, the nation’s top dual-threat prospect for 2018, offers 4.5-speed in the 40-yard dash at 225 pounds.

Yet the Bulldogs are quite top-heavy there. The transfer of 2016 starter Jacob Eason means Fromm and Fields are the only scholarship QBs on the team. It is the opinion here that preferred walk-on sophomore QB Stetson Bennett IV offers a more attractive third-team (and perhaps even backup) option than some SEC teams enjoy at this time with their scholarship guys.

Yet Bennett is not a scholarship player and could leave at any time. If he did, that would leave UGA with just two other walk-ons to form up their rotation.

It means the Bulldogs will likely sign a pair of QBs for this cycle. If Bennett does not merit a scholarship, that number must be two signees for 2019 at the game’s glamour position.

Georgia needs some arms in 2019. Let’s take a look at the ones the Bulldogs have offered so far.

Breaking down Georgia’s offers at QB for 2019

We’ll trot out another Intel “listicle” to show off a lot of information fast. A lot of this research can be found and processed quickly thanks to that database maintained by 247Sports . Any rankings indicated below are also based on the 24/7 Sports composite.

  • Total offers: 13
  • Pro-Style offers: 8
  • Dual-threat offers: 5
  • 5-star offers: 0 (There aren’t any 5-star QBs for 2019.)
  • 4-star offers: 9
  • 3-star offers: 4
  • In-state offers: 0
  • SEC footprint offers: 3 (includes two prospects from an SEC outlier in Texas)
  • Non-SEC footprint offers: 10
  • Offers to prospects committed elsewhere: 2
  • Elite size (at least 6-foot-4) offers:  7
  • Average size offers: 4
  • Marginal size (under 6-foot-3) offers: 2

There are a few prospects that are rated among the pro-style targets that would easily qualify as a dual-threat option based on the rushing totals they have produced at the varsity level.

Grant Gunnell is the highest-rated prospect the Bulldogs have offered. He has visited UGA, but he seems bound to play in the SEC West if he chooses the conference at all. He was at one time committed to Texas A&M. The big 6-foot-6 Texan ranks as the nation’s No. 2 pro-style passer and the No. 53 prospect overall for 2019.

K.J. Jefferson is the lowest-rated prospect the Bulldogs have offered. He’s a 3-star prospect with true dual-threat ability from North Panola High School in Mississippi. He rates as the No. 21 pro-style QB and as the No. 679 overall in the composite rankings.

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