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Legge's Thoughts: Jake Fromm Signs w/ UGA

Dean Legge explains what Jake Fromm signing with UGA means.

What it means: Georgia signed back-to-back 5-star quarterbacks for the first time in school history. The Bulldogs have only signed four in school history total, and now two of them are on campus at the same time.

Matthew Stafford and Jacob Eason both started at UGA as true freshmen. Aaron Murray waited until his redshirt freshman season. But all three started within their first two seasons in Athens. That made for a tremendous on-the-job learning curve for all three. Fromm all but certainly won’t have to go through that.

If Eason sticks around for four full seasons Fromm will have two years to start. If Eason leaves early for the NFL, which is expected, Fromm will have three years. Some speculate that Fromm will come in and beat Eason out for the starting job - that seems highly improbable for a slew of different reasons. Eason isn’t Greyson Lambert, who is the only returning starter to lose the quarterback spot in the last few decades in Athens.

Still, it's very possible that Fromm may get the best of Kirby Smart’s Georgia when it’s time for him to take over. Eason is dealing with his own growth as well as that of the program. Fromm won’t have to do that in the public eye. 

Folks have talked a lot about how Fromm reminds them of Murray, and he does look similar to him. But watching him reminds me more and more of David Greene, who started from 2001-04 in Athens. 

Again, Fromm has all of the tools to be a championship QB in Athens. His high school pedigree proves that he’s pretty good in clutch moments. That goes a long way in getting the job done. I expect a very big career from Fromm when it is all said and done. 

Dean Legge saw him live: 2014 Mark Richt Camp 7v7; 2014 Mark Richt Camp; 2015 Mark Richt Camp 7v7; 2015 Houston County vs. Veterans; 2016 Kirby Smart Camp 7v7; 2016 Kirby Smart Camp; 2016 Houston County vs. Mary Persons

Chad Simmons says: Fromm is a sharp quarterback who makes all the throws. He is cool in the pocket, he is a natural leader on and off the field, and he is a winner. He still has some work to do fundamentally and he can clean up his mechanics, but he has the tools to be big-time on the next level. He sees the field well, he has shown the ability to fit the ball in tight windows, and he spins the pigskin well. He is a fierce competitor with better mobility than some expect.


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