Fromm looking to lead 2017 Alabama class

Alabama again went into Georgia with a big-time commitment over the weekend in landing four-star quarterback Jake Fromm, a junior who is already looking to lead Nick Saban’s 2017 class.

Getting things done a little sooner than usual isn’t very new for Jake Fromm.

The four-star Warner Robins (Ga.) Houston County quarterback prospect has been on major radar for some time and he ended his recruitment well before most of his peers over the weekend while visiting Alabama.

The junior’s head coach at Houston County, Von Lassiter, wasn’t surprised much with the development. He’s known for several years that Fromm was not the typical kid, exceeding expectations on and off the field.

It became apparent during the 2013 season.

“It was his freshman year when we were playing a little bit of a two-quarterback system,” he said. “We had a quarterback who was a senior, it was our first year here, and Jake would rotate with him as a freshman. Against Warner Robins, he didn’t start the game, but he came in during the rotation and I don’t think he ever came back out.

“He threw for over 200 yards, I think 260 to be exact, and I knew then with the presence he had in that big of a game was a victory for us that changed the course of our program and he led our team.”

Lassiter, who says Fromm can make all the throws and run better than most, figured he had a big-time recruit on his hands in addition to a poised young leader.

“I knew after that game that he was special and I knew that as a freshman, if he could take over a game with that type of atmosphere and the stands packed, he could do some special things for us,” he said. “That was the turning point for me and for him as well.”

The early commitment to Alabama will accelerate another process for the young quarterback, too. He’ll begin assimilating to the lead role of an already deep group of junior commitments for Nick Saban and company, which now includes a trio from the Peach State in Fromm, Netori Johnson and Xavier McKinney.

“Jake’s done with recruiting. He’s committed to Alabama, that’s where he’ll go,” Lassiter said. “With this kid his word is his word, there would have to be a catastrophe happen at Alabama for him to change his mind and flip. What’s going to happen with him as far as recruiting goes is he’s going to take care of business here in high school, try to win as many games as he can. But along the way he’s going to establish a relationship with those coaches at Alabama and on top of that he’s going to begin now helping with their recruiting.

“He’s going to want to get the best guys around him so he can be successful when he gets there. He’s a football nerd, so he’ll go to games in Tuscaloosa as much as he can as long as it’s not taking away from what he’s doing here with us. He’ll start recruiting, he’ll start getting phone numbers and calling kids and he’ll take a big-time part in getting big-time players to Alabama. That will start really soon.” 

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