Quarterback Arch Manning, the No. 1 ranked player in the class of 2023, stole the headlines on Thursday when he announced his Texas affiliation, choosing the Longhorns over Georgia and Alabama. Georgia has put up a good fight, but missing Manning puts the Bulldogs in a tough spot regarding quarterback position for the 2023 recruiting cycle.
Under Kirby Smart, Georgia has secured at least one quarterback in every recruiting class since 2016. As of now, Georgia has recorded zero quarterbacks for the class of 2023, and also recently missed Dylan Raiola, the No. 1 overall player in the 2024 class committed to the state of Ohio. Georgia has so far offered 12 quarterbacks in the 2023 class, but it’s rather late in the game for a position where these players tend to commit earlier in the process. And the real problem is that nine of those 12 guys have already deployed elsewhere.
Despite Manning’s news, Georgia is actually quite loaded on the position, and CBS 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, plus real freshman Gunner Stockton. Beck and Stockton are former four-star recruits, while Vandagriff was five-star in the 2021 class. Right now, that’s the future of Georgia football in the post-2022 position.
But you can never have too much talent in the most important position in all sports. So, with Manning off the board, where is Georgia going?
Here are a few prospects to keep an eye on:
4-star QB Dylan Lonergan
This is a big one to keep an eye on as Georgia has a lot to make up for.
Lonergan, of Snellville, Georgia (Brookwood High School), is the nation’s number 93 in the class of 2023 and as the number 9-ranked quarterback, according to 247Sports.
But Lonergan did not include UGA in his most recent list of finalists (South Carolina, Alabama, Stanford) and his commitment date is set for July 5.
4 Star QB Malachi Singleton
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 turn his attention to the local passerby and do his best to turn him around.
Singleton is the nation’s number 201 overall and number 13 as a passer in the class of 2023.
3 star QB Marcel Reed
3-star QB Marcel Reed is another kid to keep an eye on, but like Singleton, he’s already committed to another SEC school.
Reed linked up with Ole Miss in April and plays his high school football in Nashville, Tennessee.
He is the number 23-ranked quarterback in the class of 2023.
5 Star QB Dante Moore
Dante Moore, of Detroit, Michigan, is the number 12 overall player in the nation and the number 4 ranked quarterback.
However, Georgia should have a lot of ground to catch up, as Moore’s leaders are seen as Notre Dame, Oregon, LSU and Michigan.
Georgia offered Moore in January.
3-star QB Paul Kessler
Paul Kessler hasn’t gotten 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 2023 class.
Kessler was offered by Georgia last September and has recently visited Cal, Yale and Dartmouth.
From Los Angeles, he is the number 129 quarterback in the country.