Georgia QB Brice Ramsey
With Aaron Murray exhausting his eligibility after the 2013 season and Hutson Mason doing the same after 2014, Georgia needed its quarterback of the future in the class of 2013.
Is 6'3", 205-pound pro-style signal-caller Brice Ramsey that quarterback? It certainly appears so.
Ramsey, a 4-star prospect in the 247Sports.com composite index last season from Kingsland, Ga., enrolled at Georgia early and just wrapped up his first spring practice as a member of the Georgia football program.
He saw some work in the annual G-Day game, completing one of three passes for 22 yards in his first action as a Bulldog.
Assuming he redshirts in 2013, he'll have a year-and-a-half of work under his belt when he competes with Mason, Christian LeMay and Faton Bauta for the starting job as a redshirt freshman in 2014.
That's great news for Ramsey. He has the skills to be a superstar in the SEC, but will need some time to adjust to life as a college quarterback after running primarily a modified wing-T offense at Camden County High School.
You can see from his highlight tape above that he has a big arm, is accurate downfield and doesn't lose accuracy when he takes something off the ball on underneath routes.
All good things for Ramsey.
Two things stand out on Ramsey's high school highlights.
First, there's plenty of spread elements in that offense. Sure, it was primarily a wing-T, but he has plenty of experience going through progressions and excelled in that department. Does that make him well-polished in that area? Certainly not. However, let's not pretend those elements were absent from his high school scheme, because they weren't.
Secondly, his wide receivers were wide open more times than not. That's probably more as a result of the offensive scheme than anything else.
Can he drop passes in a bucket in tight coverage against SEC defenses on a consistent basis? We don't know because he didn't really have to do that a lot in high school.
“He’s very raw at the quarterback position in terms of what he’s done,” offensive coordinator Mike Bobo told the Athens (Ga.) Banner-Herald in February. “I like the progress he’s made each year in playing high school football. He’s going to continue to grow."
His one completion on G-Day was impressive (1:57:59 mark). He hit Chris Conley on a deep out across the field like a quarterback who's been in the SEC for years.
Will Brice Ramsey be Georgia's starting QB in 2014?
Over-analysis? Maybe, but it's all we have at this point.
Ramsey has some work to do, but he also has the luxury of time. Getting on campus early was huge for him, especially given the dynamics of Georgia's quarterback position.
Is he the quarterback of the future in Athens? The jury is still out. But he's going to have time to get comfortable with Bobo's pro-style offense, has the skills to be a star and the opportunity to entrench himself as the starter as a redshirt freshman.
Don't be surprised to see him become a star in the SEC down the road.