The commitments of Heard County offensive lineman Jake Edwards and Miami receiver Gilbert Johnson weren't the only news from this past weekend's Mark Richt Camp in Athens.
Some new offers went out that weren't accepted (yet), including one to Goose Creek, South Carolina (Stratford) quarterback Jacob Park.
Park also has reported scholarship offers from Auburn, Alabama, Florida State, North Carolina, N.C. State Tennessee, Louisville, and Notre Dame among others. That makes sense given that the 6'3, 200 pound signal caller is ranked among the top 10 QBs in the country by most recruiting experts. You can see Park's junior highlights below:
And some clips from the 2013 Elite 11 camp in Washington D.C. here:
My impressions of Park: he looks a little slight for his height, and needs to put on some weight to be a durable player in the SEC. But he has the frame for that to happen. I like how he gets back in his drop, quick, but under control. He has good touch on the ball and better than average velocity. Not Matt Stafford velocity, but enough arm to get the ball where it needs to be. He also has a good quick release and an efficient throwing motion. I like that, because I tend to believe there's only so much tinkering you can do with a quarterback's throwing motion.
Despite apparently being chased for his life the entire season (at least that's the impression I got from that highlight video) Park completed 108 of 158 passes for 1698 yards and 19 touchdowns in 2012.
A lot of recruiting analysts who had been projecting Park to Virginia Tech are now forecasting him to pledge to Georgia. I'm good with that. However Park has also recently camped at Alabama and is among a group of rising seniors who are waiting on a commitable offer from the Crimson Tide. I think that offer will likely go to Oklahoma QB David Cornwell, but if Park gets the nod the defending national champions will be hard to turn down.
All of this does have some broader implications for recruiting.
For one, it's the best evidence yet that Gainesville QB Deshaun Watson isn't coming to Georgia. We didn't get in on Watson as early as perhaps we should have, he's sold on being the next Tahj Boyd, and will be going to Clemson unless that staff undergoes an unexpected shakeup. This offer is a good indication that our coaches have known that for some time and have been waiting to get some other signal callers on campus to evaluate their options, and have found their guy.
Coaches Richt and Bobo are notoriously stingy with offers to quarterbacks. And they have every right to be. From Charlie Ward to David Greene, D.J. Shockley to Matthew Stafford to Aaron Murray, these guys have groomed many of the most successful college passers of the past 20 years. They know what they're looking for.
It's also a good indication that Pierce County quarterback Tyler Harris either isn't getting an offer, at least not now. Harris is among the quarterbacks who've been to Tuscaloosa to audition for Nick Saban and is looking for the one offer that the Armani Bear plans to give this year. I tend to think that if Cornwell ends up at Alabama and Park ends up at Georgia that Harris perhaps ends up at Mississippi State. If Park ends up at Alabama then the Bulldog coaches may decide to go ahead and extend a scholarship to Harris. There's a bit of a domino effect that kicks in this time of year with quarterbacks, and Georgia's squarely in the middle of the row.
In the grand scheme of things, we're talking about things that may or may not effect the Bulldog football program significantly at any point. With Hutson Mason lined up for 2014, Faton Bauta settled in, and Brice Ramsey safely in the fold Georgia isn't exactly desperate for quarterbacks. In truth, it might not be a bad thing to pass on a passer in this class to get some separation between Ramsey and the next guy. But if Park pulls the trigger, that's just a little more insurance against injury, the Athens-Clarke PD, and the Valdosta bar scene. So it's kind of a win-win.
Until later . . .