Class of 2017 quarterback recruit Jake Fromm got 2016 off to solid start in Macon this evening, leading his Houston County Bears to a 26-14 win over Mary Persons. Fromm was the victim of some drops and threw a pass or two a little too hot for his receivers to handle.
Despite that his final numbers were something else. Fromm completed 26 of 37 passes for 451 yards and no interceptions. He also threw four touchdowns, all to senior receiver Amari Colbert, a 6’3, 185 pound basketball star who may have earned some football recruiting attention tonight as well. Fromm looked poised in the pocket, and showed off the arm strength that was a bit of a surprise for some on the camp circuit this summer. (video courtesy of Jake Reuse of UGASports.com).
#UGA QB commit Jake Fromm with a beautiful TD throw for @BearDownHOCO pic.twitter.com/76YoKGbpyd— Jake Reuse (@ReuseRecruiting) August 18, 2016
#Dawgs QB commit Jake Fromm. "And another one." *DJ Khaled voice* pic.twitter.com/kFpKvfng1e— Jake Reuse (@ReuseRecruiting) August 18, 2016
#Dawgs QB Jake Fromm with TD number 4 in the first half. Houston County 26 - Mary Persons 7. 3:34 left in 2nd pic.twitter.com/FjD0zngbY3— Jake Reuse (@ReuseRecruiting) August 18, 2016
Fromm also got great protection all night from junior left tackle Trey Hill, a prime target for Georgia in the class of 2018. Four star Mary Persons defensive end Malik Herring did get to Fromm on a couple of occasions, but the two seemed to enjoy some light-hearted conversation after each rendezvous. Fromm, incidentally, had this to say after the game.
Great way to start the year off!!! Played a great team and a future teammate! Praise God for the win! #BearDown— JakefromStateFromm (@FrommJake) August 19, 2016
I think they call that foreshadowing. But I digress. Tonight’s effort puts Fromm at 9,286 passing yards for his high school career. It will take consistently strong numbers and perhaps a run into the playoffs, but Fromm stands a strong chance of eclipsing Clemson QB Deshaun Watson’s state passing yardage record (13,077 yards) set during his four years as a starter at Gainesville. If he keeps going over four bills per game, he'll get there even sooner.
As we did last season, we’ll be back on Saturday to look at hjow the rest of UGA’s signees fared on Friday night. Until later . . .