Florida QB some call “next Tim Tebow” commits to UGA

UGA-bound QB Faton Bauta (Photo courtesy of Rusty Mansell/247Sports)

UGA-bound QB Faton Bauta (Photo courtesy of Rusty Mansell/247Sports)

A Florida quarterback who some call “the next Tim Tebow” committed to UGA on Monday.

Faton Bauta of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., picked the Bulldogs over offers from Louisville, Kentucky, Boston College, Maryland, West Virginia, Utah and Vanderbilt.

“Georgia is getting a football player; Faton is a QB who can run and throw the football and gets better every day,” Dwyer High School coach Jack Daniels told the AJC. “He was primarily used as a linebacker and fullback until last spring. He is very physical and will outwork everybody. He will make the Bulldogs very happy.”

The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Bauta, who made an official visit to UGA this weekend, is commitment  No. 15 for the Bulldogs.

“The first thing that stands out on film is his size – he’s 6-3 and 220 pounds legit,” said Rusty Mansell, National Recruiting Analyst for 247Sports.com. “He’s a big kid, very physical and plays quarterback. Honestly, being a bigger quarterback from the state of Florida, he is going to get the Tebow comparisons but that’s unfair to do to any kid at any level after what Tebow did in his collegiate career.

“Nonetheless, the comparisons are going to be made because he’s a big and physical kid with a good arm. I don’t know how he will project at UGA. I’m sure they will give him a chance to play QB. If it doesn’t work out there, he’s the type of player that can go to another position like fullback, tight end or linebacker and play quickly.”

UGA has a QB commitment for 2013, Camden County’s Brice Ramsey.

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Blake

November 14th, 2011
9:35 am

B.G

November 14th, 2011
9:36 am

Blake

November 14th, 2011
9:37 am

does anyone know what position this young man will play at the next level? welcome to the dawg nation Mr. Bauta. GO DAWGS!!!

MRCVS

November 14th, 2011
9:39 am

He will be a H-Back, OLB, or safety. Hopefully we can get Avery Young the OL from out of FL.

Blake

November 14th, 2011
9:43 am

Yes Avery Young would be a big pick up. There are some very big fish still out there that if we can land. Could make this class just as good as the ” Dream Team ” or maybe better.

Question

November 14th, 2011
9:44 am

Is there any chance he is part of a package deal for UGA to get a bigger name? Or is he a genuine recruit? Seems to be a great athlete, but he seems to be a better fit for a spread/option attack.

Either way, it’s good to have another hard nose kid that just wants to be a DAWG

lilburndawg

November 14th, 2011
9:44 am

RambleOn84

November 14th, 2011
9:45 am

Yes yes…but HOW MANY STARS?????!?!?!?!!?!?!?!

In all seriousness, looks like a good player.

75tranzam

November 14th, 2011
9:47 am

Good pick up…big, physical kid who can throw and play.

GATA!

Go Dawgs!!

B.G

November 14th, 2011
9:50 am

So what other recruits are we after or have a good chance of signing left for this 2012 class? Also how many spots do we have to sign recruits for this yrs 2012 class?

Destin Dawg

November 14th, 2011
9:50 am

wow !! Big Full Back… great athlete.. all the best Florida kids going to UGA.. or FSU.. not the the gator’s… Dream Team #2 in the making… going up hill in Athens !!!

Uhhh

November 14th, 2011
9:51 am

…I’m pretty sure “the next Tim Tebow” shouldn’t be somebody whose other offers were from Big East schools, Vandy, and Kentucky. Stupid to give him that name.

Kyle

November 14th, 2011
9:52 am

Looking forward to this kid hitting campus already! I’d love to see him in the backfield as a fullback/h-back with some wild dawg sets for him.

ARMYDAWG

November 14th, 2011
9:52 am

I like this pick up. He is the type of player that usally turns out to be a solid contributer. We need kids like this on this team, I love the way this team is coming together. Go Dawgs!!!

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annapolisdawg

November 14th, 2011
9:53 am

Welcome to the Dawgs Faton!!!

ARMYDAWG

November 14th, 2011
9:54 am

I can imagine that as a wild dawg qb, he would pose all kinds of problems for the oppossing team’s D!!!

ryan

November 14th, 2011
9:54 am

I am not saying he isn’t a good talent, but the “next Tim Tebow” only had offers from Louisville, Kentucky, Boston College, Maryland, West Virginia, Utah and Vanderbilt? If people thought he was the next Tebow he would have had offers from Florida, FSU, LSU, Alabama, Oklahoma, Texas, and Auburn.

We are getting them to stand in line now

November 14th, 2011
9:55 am

Yes, I like this kid’s athleticism. Terry Hogue had credentials like this young man and so did Bill Krugg of long ago and Scott Woener. All three played safety and were All Star players who made a difference.

We need O linemen on top of O linemen and I do hope that Will Friend can recruit kids to develop and play and come in a grow bulk and muscle and by their Junior and Senior year, you have two or three or four men ready to emerge, along with starters coming back. Depth is what we use to call it.

Goooooooooooooooooooo Dogs.

tide roll

November 14th, 2011
9:55 am

Yes, It would be nice to get Avery Young. But your greater need is next year. You’ll go from earth movers like Bean Anderson and Cordy Glenn to Uga alumni favorites, Watts Dantzler,David Andrews, and Dallas Lee. Look for your win-loss record to be effected accordingly. You’ll never see another offensive line at Uga like the one you have this year. The alumni won’t stand for it. You people with your archaic attitudes are the very reason UGA will never be competitive with the LSU’S and ALABAMA’S of the world.You’re ruining it!

Big Enos Burdette

November 14th, 2011
9:57 am

Hope this kid wasn’t the one who picked out the music for his highlight video

Fan Man at Bowe / Holyfield Fight

November 14th, 2011
9:59 am

TEBOW WAS SPECIAL, DON’T PUT ALOT OF WEIGHT ON THE KID.

G-Dawg

November 14th, 2011
10:00 am

Sounds and looks like another Sutherland!!! DGD!!

Jeff

November 14th, 2011
10:00 am

Scout and Rivals both list a Bama offer too. So maybe they filled up. Either way, I trust the coaching staff.

G-Dawg

November 14th, 2011
10:02 am

Tide…i think ya’ll need to worry about recruiting a kicker…and less about our Oline. You were once talking garbage about our oline…now you’re saying that we’ll miss this oline. Ramble On Tide!!

ATL Sports Fan

November 14th, 2011
10:02 am

Tide Roll, please explain why Alabama starts 4 white guys on the offensive line!!

Avoiding the question?

Bob Loblaw

November 14th, 2011
10:03 am

BEAST. He’ll play linebacker!

JDawg1785

November 14th, 2011
10:04 am

Congrats and welcome, Mr. Bauta! Looks like a solid player who can step right in and contribute.

Blake

November 14th, 2011
10:05 am

Tide Roll you already had your shot a LSU and lost. UGA will have another solid O-line next year

According to Rivals.com. Bauta did have an offer from Bama.

.

November 14th, 2011
10:06 am

@turd roll — So, pray tell how did the alumni allow this year’s offense line to exist, if there will never be another one like it? We all know what your angle is, so explain the following starting linelup….

Chris Burnett
Kenarious Gates
Justin Anderson
Cordy Glenn
Ben Anderson

4 out of 5 meet your magical criteria, which is a higher % than exist at Bama. You are a PATHETIC and BIGGOTED TROLL.

@Michael Carvell — Scout has Alabama as an official offer for Bauta as well.

tide roll

November 14th, 2011
10:08 am

Geez Bobo. I didn’t know Ray Goff was still eligible. Can you imagine that fullback masquerading as a quarterback throwing a deep ball!? I guess it’s just too much to ask of Bobo to land the best QB in the South, Cedar Grove’s JONATHAN MCCRARY !! Sheesh

7576DAWG

November 14th, 2011
10:10 am

tide roll
You are assuming that Dantzler, Andrews and Lee can not be made into top offensive line talent. Theus will start next year . I think CMR is addressing his need for depth on the offensive line and will prove your observation wrong.

1eyedJack

November 14th, 2011
10:11 am

The type of kid Dooley used to turn into a defensive end or linebacker.

A pile of sh!t has 1,000 eyes

November 14th, 2011
10:16 am

Actually, the next Tim Tebow is Nash Nance. And he’s at Tennessee.

The Grinch

November 14th, 2011
10:16 am

tide roll, or should I call you “Karnak” since you’re all-knowing, all-seeing, why not concentrate on bammy. And since you brought up QBs, you go a real winner taking snaps for you. :roll:

BWAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

Seriously Tide troll?

November 14th, 2011
10:16 am

Tide, So you’re saying that the UGA alumni are ok with African-American linebackers, safeties, corners, runningbacks, receivers, tight ends, but we are going to put our collective foot down when it comes to the O-line. That makes sense. Just stop already. You have been wrong with your posts all season. It’s time to stop.

Blake

November 14th, 2011
10:16 am

Tide roll. Are you still mad the Tide got Rolled by LSU. Bauta will not be a QB at the next level. UGA isn’t taking a QB in this class due to the log jam of talent at UGA and the 2013 commit. If your going to be a troll. At least make some sense my man……

Bryan G.

November 14th, 2011
10:17 am

Um…this kid is a 3-star guy. Tebow was a top 3 QB with Stafford and Mustain. He’s the next Tim Tebow in the same way that Carlton Thomas was the next Herschel Walker.

But, we’re glad to have the commit anyway. He’ll probably play OLB or FB.

txdawg

November 14th, 2011
10:17 am

TIDE ROLL – You should be worrying about recruiting a KICKER and quit worrying about our OL. You must be scared of the Dawgs because I cannot think of any other reason you would be in here commenting all the time on us…

The Grinch

November 14th, 2011
10:19 am

A pile of sh!t has 1,000 eyes
November 14th, 2011
10:16 am

Speaking of Nance, that fabulous D1 prospect, look at his impressive stats for the past 3 years:

http://www.collegefantasyfootballinsider.com/player/8102/Nash-Nance-QB-Tennessee-Volunteers

Gordon

November 14th, 2011
10:19 am

If he’s the next Tim Tebow then why didn’t Florida, Alabama, LSU, or some of the better teams recruit him?

RedandBlackDAWG

November 14th, 2011
10:19 am

Tide roll,

Why don’t you just go back to your sad state’s blogs, like AL.com, where they make you feel good about your team, and leave blogs concerning UGA alone. Nobody, and I mean nobody I have seen on UGA blogs, gives a damn what you say. I think you are just wasting space on here, but the AJC needs web hits, so they actually let you post the same old garbage, day in and out.You need a job my.

GO DAWGS and GATA

GIVE ME A BREAK

November 14th, 2011
10:19 am

Good comment ryan, I’d like to know why Florida, Florida State, South Florida, Central Florida and Miami didn’t offer.

7576DAWG

November 14th, 2011
10:20 am

Don’t be surprised if Bauta ends up on defense but can move to wild cat formation on offense for a few play’s during the game.

JB

November 14th, 2011
10:21 am

Lot’s of Florida kids available as Muschamp trying to retool that roster…..and if he can last long enough to do it. Gators down after this year. Thought they had enough athletes to be competitive, but that’s not the case. They got nothing from coaching this year in games…and they know it. They want to play a pro offense and have NO QB,FB,RB,TE etc….hard to do.

Bob Loblaw

November 14th, 2011
10:21 am

tide roll is a Tech fan. Please ignore this fool.

JB

November 14th, 2011
10:23 am

Sleeper. Muschamp wants a prototype NFL QB…..6′5 220 pounds and a cannon.

The Grinch

November 14th, 2011
10:23 am

While looking up Nance’s numbers I also saw this about Drick Rodgers:

“Had a TD catch in five consecutive games, one shy of the school record before streak was ended vs. Georgia (10/8)”

BWAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

IL Jacket

November 14th, 2011
10:24 am

I wonder why Tech didn’t offer him. He must not be very fast. Maybe he will transfer after one year.

harold

November 14th, 2011
10:26 am

LOL. HE WASN’T HEAVILY RECRUITED!