Earlier this week we talked about how Georgia's recent scholarship offer to Goose Creek, South Carolina signal caller Jacob Park was but a part of a bigger picture in quarterback recruiting nationwide. I mentioned that since most teams only take one elite QB per year, there's usually a "domino effect" as players begin accepting their best offers. This happens every year, though it usually takes a few days for it to happen.
Today was a day when a lot of dominoes hit the floor, and the Bulldogs benefited from it. It appears to have started when Alabama, as expected, picked up a commitment from 6'5, 230 pound Oklahoman David Cornwell. That took Alabama off the table for Jacob Park, who committed to Georgia. Mississippi State by the way picked up a commitment from Marietta (Wheeler) QB Elijah Staley, but Staley is viewed as more of a basketball prospect than a football star.
To be clear, Cornwell is generally considered the best available pro-style quarterback in the country. The guy has prototypical pocket passer size and can make all the throws. But Cornwell camped in Athens this summer and left without an offer. Park on the other hand is a consensus top 10 quarterback nationally, a guy who would have been a "take" for every program in the country. The kind of prospect that Mark Richt and staff really had no business expecting to land immediately on the heels of signing Brice Ramsey in 2013.The AJC is framing this as Georgia beating Alabama for a quarterback and while I'm not so sure that's accurate, it's a big win.
Significant credit should go to Coach Bobo on this one, as his reputation as a developer of young quarterbacks has made it possible for Georgia to get a foot in the door with guys like Park who want to be developed.
While the 'Dawgs weren't strictly in need of a potential multi-year starter at quarterback, and it may be hard to keep he and Ramsey both in the long haul, that's a problem for another day. For now, the Bulldogs are likely halfway or more through with putting together the class of 2014, and it's looking damned good. As usual, I say it's great to be a Georgia Bulldog.