Jake Fromm's father recounts recruitment process, decision to flip from Alabama
The story of Jake Fromm’s decision to flip his commitment from Alabama and attend Georgia has made waves this year, but according to Jake’s father Emerson, the decision turned out to be a no-brainer.
In an article at 247 Sports by Chris Hummer, Emerson Fromm recounts how the story has been twisted a bit in recent days. He pointed out that Kirby Smart was not Jake’s original recruiter for the Crimson Tide, but a natural relationship developed during the process.
Emerson pointed out that Lane Kiffin was Jake’s recruiter, but Kiffin was often distant during visits as a part of Nick Saban’s process. As a result, the Fromm’s and Smart, both of which are from the state of Georgia, would talk and visit during Jake’s recruitment.
Jake would eventually commit to Alabama as former Georgia head coach Mark Richt and his staff simply did not offer the young QB. Emerson pointed out that Richt and the Bulldogs simply had another person in mind, so Jake decided on the Crimson Tide.
Emerson still is unsure why Richt never pursued Jake, but he speculates that Richt and his staff were not confident recruiters:
“I’ll be honest with you,” he said. “I don’t think they were confident recruiters. If they had a five-star ahead of you, the odds are the following year it’d be a three-star and it’d go back and forth. I don’t think they had the confidence. Their mindset was, there’s no way that we’re getting back-to-back-to-back five-stars and they just didn’t think they could get (Jake).”
While that is purely speculation, he went on to say that the decision to come to Georgia was “easy” once Smart was hired and offered Jake. Jake grew up a Georgia fan in Houston County and always dreamed of playing in Athens.
He eventually signed on with the Bulldogs, and the rest of this season is history. Now, Fromm is looking to become just the second true freshman in FBS history to lead a team to the National Championship.
You can read the full story on Fromm’s recruitment and journey to Athens here.