As soon as Kirby Smart took the Georgia job, the Crimson Tide and the Bulldogs were going to battle it out for one of the nation’s top quarterbacks. Georgia won that war over Alabama on Thursday.
Jake Fromm, a four-star prospect from Houston County High School (Warner Robins, Ga.), announced that he had de-committed from Alabama and committed to Georgia, the school he had rooted for his entire life.
The future early enrollee’s decision to back off his commitment to Alabama is obviously a huge blow to the Crimson Tide’s Class of 2017, but Alabama has been in this position before.
Two years ago, Alabama landed a commitment from California four-star Ricky Town. He ultimately flipped to USC. After losing out on Town, the Tide focused their attention to another California standout — five-star Blake Barnett, who could end up being the starting quarterback for Alabama next season.
So, all is not lost for Alabama with the departure of Fromm. Where can the Tide turn to now? Here are three names to keep an eye on:
Jake Bentley, four-star QB, Opelika, Ala.
The top quarterback in the state of Alabama in the Class of 2017 does not have an offer from Alabama, yet, but that’s likely going to change with the news of Fromm’s commitment to Georgia.
Bentley’s father, Bobby, is the running backs coach at South Carolina, but it’s not a given that his son will follow his father at whichever school he’s at. When Bobby was a coach at Auburn, Jake became close with the staff and began to familiarize himself with the Tigers’ program.
Recently, Bentley has named South Carolina, Auburn, Georgia, Stanford and Miami as some of his top schools. That could change if the Crimson Tide offer him a scholarship.
Bentley is rated as the nation’s No. 6 pro-style prospect.
Bailey Hockman, four-star QB, Powder Springs, Ga.
Hockman was actually a one-time Georgia commit under Mark Richt and the old staff but backed off his commitment shortly after Kirby Smart took the job. When he originally committed to the Bulldogs, Alabama was one of his final choices.
Lately though, his name has not been associated with the Crimson Tide, but again, now that the team has a need at quarterback, things could start to pick up again.
Hockman is rated as the nation’s No. 8 pro-style prospect.
Davis Mills, four-star QB, Norcross, Ga.
Like Bentley, Mills does not have an offer from Alabama at this moment. But the Alabama staff has been in contact with the Greater Atlanta Christian star.
The one problem with Mills being on this list is the fact that he’s planning on making his college decision before his school’s spring practice begins in May. Alabama is on the clock with him if it wants Mills to replace Fromm.
The Crimson Tide will have strong competition with Stanford, as many in the recruiting industry believe the Cardinal is the team to beat.
Mills is rated as the nation’s No. 5 pro-style prospect.
Alabama is in great shape with 2018 quarterbacks Jack West (Sarland, Ala.) and Allan Walters (Paramus, N.J.), with West almost guaranteed to be committed to Alabama before the fall. Still, the Crimson Tide would like to have a quarterback committed in 2017. This list will surely expand as we get to the summer.