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.”