It’s shaping up to be the year of the quarterback in Georgia, maybe the best of all time.
Two metro Atlanta signal-callers – Johnathon McCrary of Cedar Grove and Eddie Printz of Lassiter – are within striking distance of the state record for passing yards in a career. McCrary has thrown for 6,098 careers yards, while Printz has thrown for 5,792. The record is held by former Metter quarterback Zach Stanford with 9,062 from 2001 to 2004.
McCrary (committed to Vanderbilt) and Printz (UCLA) are among 11 Georgia quarterbacks who have pledged to FBS (formerly Division I-A) schools. A handful of others, including Cole Segraves of Colquitt County, have offers from FBS schools.
Six Georgia quarterbacks are committed to BCS (major conference) schools. According to Rivals.com, which has online records back to 2002, the most Georgia quarterbacks to sign with BCS schools in one season was eight in 2006.
Georgia has three quarterbacks this year who are rated four stars by Rivals. That’s the most since Rivals began publishing its ratings online in 2002. The three are McCrary, Brice Ramsey of Camden County (committed to Georgia) and Anthony Jennings of Marietta (committed to LSU).
The others who have committed to FBS schools are Parker McLeod of Walton (Alabama), Joshua Dobbs of Alpharetta (Arizona State), Taylor Lamb of Calhoun (South Alabama), Justin Holman of Stephenson (Central Florida), A.J. Erdely of West Forsyth (Middle Tennessee), Dominique Allen of Richmond Hill (Air Force) and Brett Sheehan of Collins Hill (Florida International).
“It’s more D-I’s than I can ever remember,” said Calhoun coach Hal Lamb, whose nephew Taylor Lamb led the state in passing yards last season. “I think it’s just coincidence, but at the same time there are more spread [offense] teams across the state. This happens to be a tremendous year for quarterbacks in our state.”
And keep in mind that the season hasn’t started. University of Georgia quarterback Hutson Mason didn’t have an offer in the preseason of 2009, when he set the state record for passing yards in a season.
Here is a look at 10 of Georgia’s more celebrated senior quarterback prospects:
*Joshua Dobbs, Alpharetta: Committed to Arizona State, Dobbs was 234-for-392 passing for 3,113 yards and 28 touchdowns in 2011 for a team that won its first region title.
*A.J. Erdely, West Forsyth: Committed to Middle Tennessee, Erdely threw for 1,955 yards and 17 touchdowns for a team that had its best finish ever (11-2) in 2011.
*Makail Grace, Wilcox County: Grace is perhaps the best of Georgia’s passing quarterbacks who are being recruited at other positions. He has an offer from Louisville, but like his former Wilcox County teammate, Nick Marshall, he could be pegged as a defensive back in college. But he threw for 2,778 yards last season and is a legitimate QB prospect. Other quarterbacks in this mold include Eman Westmoreland of Central Gwinnett, Trevon Jones of Mays and David Whipple of Wilkinson County.
*Anthony Jennings, Marietta: Committed to LSU, Jennings threw for more than 2,200 yards and rushed for more than 500 in 2011 for a Marietta team that advanced in the playoffs for the first time since 2005.
*Johnathon McCrary, Cedar Grove: Committed to Vanderbilt, McCrary is an Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super 11 player. He was 165-of-241 passing for 2,643 yards and 27 touchdowns with nine interceptions in 2011.
*Eddie Printz, Lassiter: Committed to UCLA, Printz is an AJC Super 11 player. Printz was 277-of-442 passing for 3,350 yards and 28 touchdowns for a Class AAAAA semifinal team in 2011.
*Brice Ramsey, Camden County: Committed to Georgia, Ramsey was 80-for-125 passing for 1,308 yards and 17 touchdowns against only two interceptions in a run-based Wing-T offense. He is the consensus No. 1 quarterback recruit in Georgia.
*Taylor Lamb, Calhoun: Committed to South Alabama, Lamb led Georgia in passing yards last season, when he was 269-of-332 for 3,638 yards and 40 touchdowns with nine interceptions. That’s after playing wide receiver in 2010 in South Carolina.
*Parker McLeod, Walton: Committed to Alabama, McLeod is ranked the No. 29 quarterback prospect in the nation, according to Rivals, making him one of five from Georgia in the top 30. McLeod’s talents at Walton are overshadowed by a run-based offense built around Tyren Jones, a 2,000-yard rusher who also is committed to Alabama. McLeod was 101-for-158 passing for 1,585 yards and 18 touchdowns against only four interceptions for the Class AAAAA runner-up team in 2011.
*Cole Segraves, Colquitt County: Segraves was 160-of-268 passing for 2,115 yards in 2011 for a Class AAAAA semifinal team. Segraves has offers from Central Florida and Marshall. If he accepts either, he would be the 12th Georgia QB to commit to a D-I school.
Georgia QBs going to FBS
The number of Georgia quarterbacks who have signed with FBS schools, per Rivals.com, since 2002. The totals for 2013 are based on early commitments, as players may not sign until February. It’s likely that more than 11 Georgia quarterbacks will sign with FBS schools in 2013.
2013 – 11
2012 – 5
2011 – 6
2010 – 4
2009 – 5
2008 – 5
2007 – 5
2006 – 8
2005 – 5
2004 – 9
2003 – 6
2002 – 8
Georgia quarterbacks who have signed with major-conference teams (Pac 12, Big 12, Big Ten, ACC, SEC, Big East) as quarterbacks since 2002, according to Rivals.com. The 2013 players include commitments only. Those in italics in blue were rated four-star recruits by Rivals.com.
*2013 (6) – Johnathon McCrary, Cedar Grove (Vanderbilt); Brice Ramsey, Camden County (Georgia); Anthony Jennings, Marietta (LSU); Eddie Printz, Lassiter (UCLA); Parker McLeod, Walton (Alabama); Joshua Dobbs, Alpharetta (Arizona State)
2012 (4) – Greyson Lambert, Wayne County (Virginia); Steven Bench, Cairo (Penn State); Kanler Coker, Flowery Branch (North Carolina); Nick Schuessler, Grayson (Mississippi State)
2011 (1) – Martay Mattox, Clarke Central (South Carolina)
2010 (4) – Connor Shaw, Flowery Branch (South Carolina); Hutson Mason, Lassiter (Georgia); Miles Gooch, Towers (Virginia); Nash Nance, Calhoun (Tennessee)
2009 (2) – Zach Mettenberger, Oconee County (Georgia); Brendan Cross, Chattahoochee (Wake Forest)
2008 (3) – Jaybo Shaw, Flowery Branch (Georgia Tech); Jon Richt, Prince Avenue Christian (Clemson); Justin Tuggle, Northview (Boston College)
2007 (2) – Cameron Newton, Westlake (Florida); Josh Nesbitt, Greene County (Georgia Tech)
2006 (8) – Antonio Henton, Peach County (Ohio State); Justin Roper, Buford (Oregon); David Cone, Statesboro (Michigan); Byron Ingram, Redan (Georgia Tech); Ross Applegate, Walton (Boston College); T.J. Yates, Pope (North Carolina); Zach MacDowall, Harrison (Wake Forest); D’Metres Hill (Tulane)
2005 (2) – Marcus Jones, Southeast Whitfield (Duke); Tray Rutland, Tri-Cities (Mississippi State)
2004 (7) – Joe Joe Brown, Crisp County (Kentucky); Cullen Harper, Sequoyah (Clemson); Calvin Booker, Mays (Auburn); Alex Mortensen, Landmark Christian (Arkansas); Michael Rozier, Henry County (North Carolina); Kisan Flakes, Lovejoy (Illinois); Kyle Manley, Buford (Georgia Tech)
2003 (2) – Blake Mitchell, LaGrange (South Carolina); Reggie Ball, Stephenson (Georgia Tech)
2002 (5) – Joe Tereshinski, Athens Academy (Georgia); Aryhel Freeman, Tri-Cities (South Carolina); Justin Tyler, Jones County (Mississippi State); Joel Statham, Murray County (Maryland); Wesley Hill, Crisp County (Auburn)
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