Georgia is down to two scholarship quarterbacks now that the school announced that rising senior Brice Ramsey will transfer. The Bulldogs still have returning starter Jacob Eason, and the just-signed Jake Fromm.
And while both quarterbacks on scholarship are former five-star prospects, it does leave the Bulldogs in a very precarious situation at the most important position on the team. Georgia needs more arms - period.
Three scholarship quarterbacks is least one too few; two? That’s s recipe for a real problem in the future. Keep in mind that Georgia has signed two quarterbacks in the last two classes, but every quarterback the Bulldogs signed from 2011 to 2014 has transferred from the program.
That chaos really started when Mike Bobo left and Brian Schottenheimer arrived. The Bulldogs’ offense imploded, and Mark Richt was fired in the span of 11 months. In that time Jacob Park and Faton Bauta transferred, and Greyson Lambert became the least productive starting signal caller in decades at the position.
Schottenheimer, too, passed on Fromm as well as Stanford signee Davis Mills in favor of future FSU signee Bailey Hockman. Mills and Fromm were both considered five-star prospects and top 30 players nationally. Hockman was considered the No. 228 overall prospect in the country.
Schottenheimer’s curious decision making at the quarterback spot and the failure of his offense aside, UGA has a real problem moving forward in terms of depth. Ideally, UGA would have signed two quarterbacks in either of the last two classes. But the coaching change and the recruitment of Fromm and Eason didn’t allow an easy transition for Kirby Smart and company to pull in two quarterbacks in a recruiting cycle (an already difficult task without the presence of a five-star QB in the class).
Former Alabama signee Parker McCloud is on UGA’s roster, but he is a walk on and even spent a year out of football before enrolling at UGA. Other walk-ons remain, too, but none are ideal in the event that the Bulldogs hit a bad run of injuries at quarterback.
Moving forward in recruiting is challenge, too - at least in state. One way or another, Kirby and company are going to have to sign two quarterbacks in a class… and soon. There’s far too little depth at quarterback. Ramsey was leaving after this season one way or another. But his departure today accelerates the depth problem at that spot even more.