Kirby Smart 'excited as can be' after signing QB Carson Beck, shares latest on Jake Fromm with NFL Draft decision looming
The quarterback room down in Athens this spring could look drastically different than it did last fall but we won’t know for sure just how much that room is going to change until Jake Fromm makes his decision regarding the 2020 NFL Draft.
For now, we know at least the Bulldogs have officially secured the signature of 2020 Mandarin High School product Carson Beck, who signed with Kirby Smart’s program on Wednesday.
The 6-foot-4, 225-pound Beck is the No. 8 pro-style quarterback prospect in the nation and a top 250 prospect in the 2020 recruiting cycle according to 247Sports Composite Rankings. Beck is also a four-star recruit.
After Beck’s signature was secured on Wednesday, Smart was able to publicly speak about his new quarterback for the first time.
“Excited as can be (to have Beck). This guy has come to camps since maybe his ninth-grade year to our place. Has grown up and gotten better with each and every year. He came this summer, hung out with our guys,” Smart said on Wednesday. “Can’t say enough about Carson and his family, the competitive nature that’s inside him. He’s been a winner. He won a state championship last year at Mandarin, which has probably never been done before, I think at their school. So he led those guys to that and did a great job.”
When it comes to any more additions to the QB room down in Athens, Smart suggested more players are always a possibility.
“As far as any others, we’re looking for all positions,” Smart noted. “We’ve got some spots left, and we’re looking at every position out there to sign best available players. And at that second signing quarterback is not out of question, but it’s not necessarily something we have to do.”
The main reason Georgia could have to add another player, potentially a graduate transfer signal-caller for example, would be in the event Jake Fromm declares early for the 2020 NFL Draft. The speculation is that Georgia’s starting quarterback is leaning toward entering the draft but he’s got several weeks to make a final decision and certainly would be welcomed back to Athens for one final season.
Here’s what Smart had to say when asked about Fromm’s future with the program with an important draft decision looming.
“As far as Jake, we do with Jake exactly what we do with every player on our team. We bring him in. We talk to teams. I talk to general managers. I talk to organizations. We get information. We give those kids that information,” the Georgia coach said. “This is a time when they’re able to do that, and then when we get closer to the bowl game, we put it away, and then we come back and revisit it, and we’ve done those things for Jake.”