Georgia Tech Football Recruiting: 2018 quarterback target breakdown

Oct 15, 2016; Atlanta, GA, USA; A general view of Bobby Dodd Stadium prior to the game against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and the Georgia Southern Eagles. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 15, 2016; Atlanta, GA, USA; A general view of Bobby Dodd Stadium prior to the game against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and the Georgia Southern Eagles. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports /

With the official end of the college basketball season and football in spring practice, there’s not much going on around The Flats for the two major sports, with that being said it’s time to look at the potential future of Georgia Tech football in the first positional breakdown for 2018 recruiting class targets.

Once Tobias Oliver arrives on campus in June, Georgia Tech will have four quarterbacks on scholarship. At the end of next season, there will only be three quarterbacks on scholarship as senior Matthew Jordan is set to graduate.

With all that quarterback should be a position that the Yellow Jackets look to focus on in the 2018 recruiting class. While the position isn’t as important in Paul Johnson’s offense as others due to the lack of passing it’s still the most important position on any football field.

Despite having only three scholarship quarterbacks at the end of the season it appears that Paul Johnson and staff aren’t pressing for a quarterback or any player at this point. In fact, the Jakets have offered just two quarterbacks so far and here is the breakdown on both of those quarterbacks.

The top dual-threat quarterback in the nation resides half hour southeast of Atlanta in Kennesaw.

Unfortunately for Georgia Tech, it seems that they never stood a chance at getting in on Fields who has been rising in rankings since his commitment to Penn State in December. Just last week the Georgia native earned his fifth star in 247Sports’s composite rankings.

The Jackets offered Fields on September 12th of last year which for the Jackets may have been too late. Fields visited The Flats just once after the offer from the Jackets, that being back in mid-November.

There has also been no sign of the Jackets trying to make a push to get the Harrison star quarterback. Fields capabilities on the football field are well deserving of his five-star rating and top dual-threat quarterback ranking.

Highlights and Quick Skill Overview:

One watch of Fields’ junior highlights will easily show off how he’s become one of the top players in the entire nation. Throughout the video, Fields shows off his tremendous arm strength making every pass he makes look easy.His strong passing skill also helped earn him the MVP at The Opening Orlando regional in February.

On the ground, Fields has tremendous agility and speed that allows him to get past defenders. Fields possess quick hips allowing him to change his direction at any point, juking out defenders with ease.

Georgia Tech’s chances: 0

The Jackets have no shot at picking up a commitment from Fields in the future. The five-star quarterback seems to be a pretty strong commitment to Penn State who also holds commitments from the top defensive end, all-purpose back, and tight end in the 2018 recruiting class. Even if his commitment to James Franklin and the Nittany Lions doesn’t hold, the Georgia native has recently received offers from Oregon, Alabama, and Florida.

The second quarterback that Georgia Tech has currently offered is a quarterback that their chances with are much better.

Valdosta quarterback Michael Barrett may not be as highly ranked as Fields as he lands at 588th overall, he can do

The star athlete for Lowndes currently holds 14 scholarship offers including offers from LSU, Michigan, and Tennesee. While the Yellow Jackets will have a hard time trying to land Barrett especially when considering who they will be recruiting against.

Barrett has been on campus since receiving his offer from Paul Johnson and staff with his most recent coming at Georgia Tech’s junior day.

Highlights and Quick Skill Overview:

A quick look at Barrett’s highlight video and you can quickly tell that while he has work to do, Barrett has the potential to be a star quarterback at the next level. Barrett has a pretty strong arm and appears to be rather accurate though accuracy is always tough to tell when just going off highlight videos.

Barrett’s skills when keeping the ball are quite strong, the 5-foot-11, 207-pound quarterback has tremendously quick feet and has the ability to burst past defenders. While his speed isn’t blazing speed, he possesses enough to do damage on the ground.

If Barrett doesn’t work as a quarterback at the next level, he may just work as a linebacker, a position in which schools have been recruiting him to play at the next level. According to a recent article (VIP required).

Georgia Tech’s chances: 25%

With Barrett, it’s hard to read where he has the most interest in attending. With plenty of offers to choose from Barrett will have a tough decision to make without a doubt. If Barrett wants to stay close to home, Georgia Tech’s chances would rise quite a bit. It does appear as though he does have a decent amount of interest in Georgia Tech.

Next Up:

Next up in target breakdowns is the running backs where the Jackets always have a considerable amount of offers handed out. However, a lot of those running backs are already committed, will the Yellow Jackets be able to grab a running back before it’s too late?