Quarterback Arch Manning, the No. 1 ranked player for the Class of 2023, made headlines Thursday when he announced his commitment to Texas, choosing the Longhorns over Georgia and Alabama. Georgia put up a good fight, but missing out on Manning puts the Bulldogs in a tight spot for the quarterback spot for the 2023 recruiting round.
Under Kirby Smart, Georgia has secured at least one quarterback in every recruiting class since 2016. Currently, Georgia has no hired quarterbacks for the class of 2023, and also recently missed out on Dylan Raiola, the No. 1 player overall. Class of 2024 who committed to Ohio State. Georgia has offered 12 quarterbacks in the 2023 class so far, but it’s pretty late in the game for a position those players tend to commit to earlier in the process. And the real problem is that nine of those 12 guys have already committed elsewhere.
Despite the Manning news, Georgia is actually pretty busy at that position, and TAUT Sports recently ranked it as the fourth-best quarterback room in the nation for 2022. Stetson Bennett is back for his senior year and he will be joined by Carson Beck. and Brock Vandagriff, as well as real-life freshman Gunner Stockton. Beck and Stockton are former four-star signings, while Vandagriff was five-star in the Class of 2021. For now, that’s the future of Georgian football beyond 2022.
But you can never have too much talent in the most important position in any sport. So, with Manning out of the picture, where does Georgia turn next?
Here are some prospects to watch:
4-Star QB Dylan Lonergan
This is a big issue to watch because Georgia has a lot of ground to make up for.
Lonergan, of Snellville, Ga. (Brookwood High School), ranks 93rd among national players in the Class of 2023 and 9th among quarterbacks, according to 247Sports.
But Lonergan did not include UGA in its latest list of finalists (South Carolina, Alabama, Stanford) and its commitment date is set for July 5.
QB Malachi Singleton 4 stars
4-star quarterback Malachi Singleton is another Georgia native, hailing from North Cobb High School in Kennesaw, Georgia.
The problem here is that he’s already committed to Arkansas, but Georgia could focus on the local passer and do their best to knock him down.
Singleton ranks 201st in the nation in players and 13th in passers in the Class of 2023.
3-star QB Marcel Reed
3-star QB Marcel Reed is another guy to watch, but just like Singleton, he’s already committed to another SEC school.
Reed committed to Ole Miss in April and plays his high school football in Nashville, Tennessee.
He is the No. 23 ranked quarterback in the 2023 class.
5-Star QB Dante Moore
Dante Moore, of Detroit, Michigan, is the No. 12 player overall in the nation and the No. 4 ranked quarterback.
Georgia should make up a lot of ground, though, as Moore’s leaders are believed to be Notre Dame, Oregon, LSU and Michigan.
Georgia offered Moore in January.
3-star QB Paul Kessler
Paul Kessler hasn’t garnered the same level of attention from other Power Five schools as the other prospects mentioned, but he could still be an option for Georgia’s Class of 2023.
Kessler was offered by Georgia last September and recently visited Cal, Yale and Dartmouth.
From Los Angeles, he ranks 129th among quarterbacks in the nation.