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)

    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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RedandBlackDAWG

August 1st, 2011
9:09 am

I hope Coach Curry gets a good QB. He is a great coach and he will teach the young man right.

rockytopjag

August 1st, 2011
9:39 am

All those D1 QB transfers were scared of getting schellacked by South Alabama again. GO JAGS!

GSWho?

August 1st, 2011
9:42 am

Star light, Star bright, first Star I see tonight, I wish I may I wish I might, WHY IN THE HELL COULDN’T STAR JACKSON JUST HAVE WORKED OUT??

O-Line Dad

August 1st, 2011
9:45 am

Do any schools have players move in just to play football?

GSWho?

August 1st, 2011
9:45 am

@rockytopjag not sure 39-34 is a shellacking? Terrible 2nd qtr, this year will be different. Either way can’t wait for your shellacking against NC State.

Jordan Schafer

August 1st, 2011
9:48 am

Mike Tamburo would’ve been a good fit, but he seemed content carrying a clipboard his entire career in Athens so he could pass out on the couches of Boar’s Head every weekend. Bo is a ‘game manager’, ‘capable’, and every other adjectvie to describe someone who shouldn’t be your opening day starter, but he is the best we’ve got and will do what he can to get W’s until Little returns.

South Alabama? lolwut

Michael Carvell

August 1st, 2011
10:00 am

Yes, UGA walk-on QB Mikey Tamburo is one of several D1 QBs at a Georgia D1 school or from the state of Georgia at an out-of-state D1 school that would’ve been excellent candidates to transfer to Georgia State. And it’s not a knock against those QBs, saying they can’t make it at that level. It’s just that the QB situation at Georgia State is such a golden opportunity for the taking.

ajg panther

August 1st, 2011
10:01 am

Thanks for bringing some attention to the situation at State, Michael. You are certainly right that it would be a fantastic opportunity for a D1 QB who wants some playing time. The window is certainly closing, however. Here is hoping that big name transfer happens at the last minute.

Paddy

August 1st, 2011
10:03 am

Looks like they will play with what they have this season. But they will play the games and maybe someone will grab that brass ring!

Jee S. You

August 1st, 2011
10:04 am

The biggest part of the “drama” probably happened (or became public) too late to catch anyone’s eye for transferring this year. Would rather see Bo at punter though – I’ll always remember the collective “Ooooh” when he kicked his first punt in Tuscaloosa, the UA fans were impressed. As for the Jags, enjoy your time in the sun, it will end in Raleigh.

Cobb Dawg

August 1st, 2011
10:05 am

As much as I love my Dawgs, Hutson Mason should’ve jumped all over this. He’s a good kid and deserves a chance to show what he can do. Hutty will never play with Aaron Murray there, and then Christian LeMay will be the chosen one after Murray leaves.

GSWho?

August 1st, 2011
10:09 am

Prediction: USA will lose minimum of 5 games.

jweaver

August 1st, 2011
10:14 am

Mikey Tamburo would have been ideal. Bo is serviceable and should be fine against CAU, but don’t sleep on Ben McLane — smart kid, coach’s son, won a state championship.

Tuscon

August 1st, 2011
10:17 am

It really is too bad we couldn’t land Tamburo. Oh well, we gotta roll with the punches!

NorthAve

August 1st, 2011
10:24 am

Guess no one wants to play QB at a D1 school. Not surprising- the team lost to Lambuth, a school that no longer exists, last year.

RoswellDawg1977

August 1st, 2011
10:44 am

Why is it that every time I read a GSU blog, fans from directional schools feel the need to chime in? First it’s GA Southern and now we have fans of Division 2 South Alabama begging for attention. I understand the whole thing about them being jealous of GSU getting more national media exposure than any other startup in recent memory, but if the height of South Alabama’s media coverage is commenting on a GSU blog, then your school might have bigger problems than being a directional JUCO college no one has heard of outside of whatever part of Alabama you are from.

Itsmeagain

August 1st, 2011
11:03 am

Lol. South Alabama. Have they played anyone but jucos and first years yet?

STATEment

August 1st, 2011
11:17 am

I feel that with the additions GSU added in the off season added to the mix with the returning players, all we need is a solid QB to run the show and this team could be legit. Without it could be a long season.

Bob Loblaw

August 1st, 2011
11:43 am

Georgia State will become a bigger football school than Tech in about 10-15 years. There is no reason why it shouldn’t and every reason why Tech will fall off the map. Kinda sad.

Hammer22

August 1st, 2011
12:02 pm

Good write up. Thanks

Panther4life

August 1st, 2011
12:07 pm

Has anyone besides me received their inaugural video and thought it sucked? Georgiastatevideo had about 20 great football videos on youtube and REALLY dropped the ball on this one.

Panama

August 1st, 2011
12:08 pm

Great write up. Thanks Micheal.

Thankfully Drew will be back soon enough and Bo can go back to being an All-America candidate punter. He is a weapon there and we need to stop risking him at QB and WR.

Panama

August 1st, 2011
12:09 pm

@Panther4Life

NFL Films quality it was not.

Panther4life

August 1st, 2011
12:18 pm

Agreed, I would have prefered they just show the 20 or so youtube clips. This one was particuarly good. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ony-7DRrxYk

rockytopjag

August 1st, 2011
12:30 pm

Actually we beat Georgia State fairly easily last year (just like Lambuth did). It was 33-14 late in the 3rd when they cut the engines down to half throttle and you mounted a comeback against our 3rd stringers. And don’t get all high and mighty about who GSU has played to date. Your 6 big wins last year came against a NAIA team, 2 non-scholarship teams, 2 MEAC (which is essentially Division 2) teams and Lamar who was playing their 1st season of football ever. USA has beaten every NAIA and FCS team they have played which can’t be said about GSU, can it?. We’re probably gonna get hammered by NC State but I can’t wait to watch the Jags torch the Panthers at the dome this year. I just hope I don’t get mugged walking through the GSU campus to get there.

Panther4life

August 1st, 2011
12:37 pm

@ rockytopjag, I remember specifically seeing Houston running the ball the ENTIRE game. Your QB was also in there just about the whole time. You did not throttle back anything. Regarding Lambuth, we were winning 14-9 with 3mins to go. They up it to 14-16 and we threw a pick 6. The only reason we lost that game at all is that John Bond wanted to get cute w/ the swapping of Hill and Little way too early in the game.

Panther4life

August 1st, 2011
12:39 pm

Oh, and regarding the campus…Ladd stadium is in the Hood, so not sure what you are bragging about.

rockytopjag

August 1st, 2011
12:52 pm

My bad, I didn’t realize that Houston and Bennett were 2 of the 30 players who participated on defense in that game (check the official participation report) and were on the field when GSU scored late. Oh wait, they weren’t. And yes, Ladd isn’t in the best area but you are forgetting that we have plans to go play with the big boys and build an on-campus stadium in the immediate future. Hope you enjoy playing minor league football in the hood for your entire existence.

GSUAlumBaseball81

August 1st, 2011
1:05 pm

@rockytopjag

Lol, Went to Mobile this past year to see the GSU vs USA game and won’t go back to that crime ridden area. The Dome is nowhere near as dangerous as Ladd Peebles Stadium. Oh and by the way we were a first year team in 2010 as well and guess we are the toughest team you all have played yet!!! Can’t wait to see the butt whipping you all get at N.C.State!!! Better tighten those chin straps USA boys.

rockytopjag

August 1st, 2011
1:13 pm

Actually the toughest team we have played is UC Davis who is an established FCS team that we beat on the road last year. Has Georgia State won an away game against a team that actually gives scholarships yet? Didn’t think so. Please educate yourselves before attempting to talk trash by way of arguements that, much like the Panther defense, have lots of holes in them.

Panther4life

August 1st, 2011
1:20 pm

@rockytopjag, ohhhh the Sunbelt. Great conference you’re going into. Can’t wait to see you on the blogs later this year after you lose 6 games. If Mobile had internet access I still would not be on your blogsite.

NorthAve

August 1st, 2011
1:21 pm

You know the old saying:

Let he who is without wins against Lambuth cast the first stone.

Walking with a Panther

August 1st, 2011
1:24 pm

@ rockytopjag

blah blah blah. Nobody cares about South Alabama football go away now.

Panther4life

August 1st, 2011
1:25 pm

Oh, and “rockytopjag” great name, let me guess synonym for “Dumb and Dumber”

rockytopjag

August 1st, 2011
1:26 pm

We will start in the Sun Belt and probably be somewhere else within 10 years. Regardless, Sun Belt >>> CAA. Also, in regards to your post earlier, I did a little research. The zip code where Ladd is (36604) has a personal crime rating of 235 meaning you are 2X as likely to be the victim of a crime there when compared to the national average. Wanna know what Georgia State’s campus (30303) is rated? 647. Nice try. (Hot air courtesy of Panther4life. Actual statistics courtesy of: http://www.homefair.com/real-estate/city-profile/index.asp?cc=1.)

GSWho?

August 1st, 2011
1:29 pm

@ NorthAve. Don’t think you’ve beaten Lambuth either. Two words: Air Force. BTW you really did embarrass all of Georgia with that one. Thanks a lot.

Panther4life

August 1st, 2011
1:34 pm

Great research Rockytop. Now try researching the chances of being successful after you graduate from eith school, bet the statistics are quite the opposite. I would rather risk my life to better it than be safe in mediocrity.

ToccoaDawg

August 1st, 2011
1:35 pm

Georgia State will be fine. Remember this is just their second year playing football so a lot of recruits outside of Atlanta doesn’t know about them yet. I have never been a Bill Curry fan. That is up till now. Starting a program from scratch is probably the hardest job a coach could ever have. good luck to Georgia State and Curry

MagJag

August 1st, 2011
1:44 pm

Panther, good to read some more of your posts. They are usually boring considering you try to spin how great GA. St. is. Sometimes they border on being ridiculous and are hilarious. The Jaguars will easily win seven games, but that eighth win (over Kent State) will prove to be tough. BTW, I see GSU dropped that NAIA team (Lambuth), no wait, they dropped football. Lucky for y’all.

MagJag

August 1st, 2011
1:51 pm

USA’s Jaguars will easily whip Georgia State and make it 2 in a row. After that, you will play a weak CAA shedule as we move up to a FBS schedule.

MagJag

August 1st, 2011
2:02 pm

Walking with a Panther,
If no one cares about South Alabama, then why did the school from downtown Atlanta (and I don’t mean Tech) schedule a home-and-home with them? BTW, y’all got lucky when Lambuth dropped football. ROTFLMBO.

NorthAve

August 1st, 2011
2:06 pm

@ GSWho

I don’t go to or support Georgia Tech. I live near North Avenue. Even if I was a fan, are you comparing a loss to Air Force to a loss to Lambuth?

Also, Georgia State has beaten Lambuth the same times that I have: Zero

rockytopjag

August 1st, 2011
2:07 pm

@Panther4life – They actually taught me few things other than how to make moonshine at USA and I’ve done alright for myself since graduating. In fact, the great State of Georgia has bestowed upon me a license to practice my chosen profession which is something that very few Georgia State grads will ever have since, if you want my technical degree in Georgia, you would have had to go to a real school like Tech.

GSWho

August 1st, 2011
2:13 pm

@ FagHag bet you’re rolling on the floor and someones playing with your butt however not sure that’s relavent here. Believe me NO ONE at GSU cares about South Alabama.

South Alabama, LOL!!!!

August 1st, 2011
2:15 pm

I like this rockytopjag character. Complete despair for attention to compensate for the lack of media coverage USA has gotten so far. I mean, really, how sad and desperate do you have to be when the largest media exposure for your school comes when an uneducated fan starts spamming another school’s blog. But let’s look at some actual facts here. In the GSU-USA game last year, the Panthers outscored USA in THREE out of FOUR quarters. The Panthers scored 3 TDs in the 2nd half while USA scored NONE. In fact, this was a 5-point game with FOUR minutes left on the clock. The only engines USA was “cutting down” was their game clock while praying Drew Little doesn’t take their secondary to the woodshed one more time.

Another fact check here. The notion that Slum Belt, consensus worst FBS league in the country, is better than CAA is probably the funniest thing I’ve read in a long time. In 2010, the CAA was ranked by Sagarin as the No. 11 football conference in the nation, while Sun Belt was at No. 16, behind such “powerhouse” FCS leagues as Big Sky LMAO!!!
http://www.usatoday.com//sports/sagarin/fbc10.htm

Finally, this notion USA building their on-campus stadium while GSU plays in the hood is absolutely priceless. GSU is a national research university with dozens of nationally ranked programs, playing in a pro-facility that’s practically on campus, in the 8th largest media market in the country, with outstanding national media coverage and soon to be in the best FCS league in the country that is 4-2 vs. ACC in the last 3 years. Meanwhile, USA is a regional masters school with atrocious academics on par with a low-level JUCO, plays in a decrepit “stadium” miles away from campus, has gotten virtually no media coverage, and will soon end up in the worst FBS league in the country, rated a good FIVE spots behind the CAA.

No wonder their fans are on GSU blogs begging for attention. My God, someone please send a donation to these people. It’s been a rough existence!

Panther4life

August 1st, 2011
2:20 pm

@ rockytop, good for you. That however does not diminsh that fact that the vast majority of your graduates will never amount to anything. Before you start comparing USA to Georgia State from an educational standpoint I believe you might want to do your homework.

PT

August 1st, 2011
2:45 pm

I sent GSU game film of a 6’4” lefty out of California this past spring. They were not interested. Kid was much like David Greene in size and delivery. It is what it is.

RedandBlackDAWG

August 1st, 2011
2:48 pm

I truthfully didn’t know they had a college (?) named south Alabama. I thought it was Auburn. Gosh, I guess Georgia people better catch up on the important stuff concerning Alabama. Now North Alabama I know. They got a couple of UGA’s castoffs in football.

MagJag

August 1st, 2011
3:01 pm

GSU,
“FagHag”? “Playing with butts”? Geez, it’s not hard to tell what part of Atlanta you live in. If you hope that your inner-city school has a chance of winning football games then you darn well better be concerned about South Alabama. We aren’t folding a year after we beat you like the mighty Lambuth U. did.

Red Rocks

August 1st, 2011
3:02 pm

Hutson Mason or his pops ought to be calling Bill Curry ASAP. Hutson is good enough to play in the NFL but will never get a chance to show what he can do at Georgia. He’s got about 48 hours to make it happen!