Help wanted: Big-time D1 QB transfer to play QB at Georgia State?
The greatest recruiting drama that never happened this summer was a big-time quarterback transferring to Georgia State to immediately compete for the No. 1 QB position.
You would’ve thought, with so many QBs stacked up on SEC and ACC rosters with such a little chance of playing time in the near (or far) future, that someone somewhere would’ve leaped at the opportunity for instant PT at QB for Georgia State?
It was a golden opportunity missed — or likely to be missed, with Georgia State’s football practice to kick off Wednesday and Thursday.
All college QBs want a chance to play in the NFL, and the first step towards that goal is proving you can play QB effectively at the college level — even if it’s not at an FBS school (Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo of Eastern Illinois is one of countless examples). Georgia State provided that opportunity, along with playing in Atlanta at the Georgia Dome under a veteran coach (Bill Curry) who knows what it takes to go the next level. A QB transferring from an FBS (formerly NCAA Div. I-A) to FCS school (Div. I-AA) would’ve been eligible immediately.
Unless something changes radically within the next few days, Georgia State’s No. 1 QB this season will either be a former punter or freshman — neither who have either taken a college snap at QB. How did it get to that point? After a bizarre turn of events since the end of last season, reports the AJC’s Doug Roberson. (click on story link)
- Obviously, the QB position is a priority for Georgia State’s 2012 football recruiting class. GSU has already landed one with the commitment of Chattooga HS QB Nathan Schuster, who was getting looks at ACC and SEC schools as a defensive back but has his heart set on QB (click on story link)
Wake Forest-bound TE Zach Gordon of Carrollton High School has been volunteering in his community for the last 5-6 years (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)
- You know how you hear about this recruit having 40 early scholarship offers and this other kid having 55? We will have a better idea on the exact number, beginning today. Aug. 1 is the first day that colleges can send out “written” scholarship offers to senior football players in high school. Up until now, they have all been verbal offers. Of course, if a kid has already committed to a school, the 50 schools that finished as a runner-up are not as likely to send a written letter.
- Mark your calendar for Sept. 10. That’s one of the best’s “border wars” of the year in high school football this year in Georgia, with Yulee, Fla., traveling to play Buford, the four-time defending Class AA champion. Yulee features 2013 tailback Derrick Henry, who surprisingly committed early, choosing UGA at Dawg Night. Buford has around 10 seniors holding D1 offers, including offensive tackle Vadal Alexander (uncommitted among LSU, Alabama, and Auburn) and tight end Kurt Frietag (uncommitted among Alabama, Florida, FSU and Miami). Wanna know more? Click here
- Stephenson High School offensive guard Steve McKenzie committed to South Alabama, which will join the Sun Belt Conference in full status as a member in 2013. The Stone Mountain school has 11 seniors committed to FBS schools, including 7 to the SEC (click on story link)
- We’re always big fans of student-athletes who strive to help out and volunteer in their local community. Carrollton TE Zach Gordon, who committed to an ACC school on Friday, is one of this year’s best role models (click on story link)
- Finally, I know there is sooo much more to the game of basketball than DUNKING. But few in GHSA history have made dunking look better than Milton High School’s Shaquille Johnson (committed to Auburn). Watch the video that everyone is talking about by going here
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