Texas Football Lands Arch Manning, what’s next for Georgia football

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After losing Arch Manning, the overall number one in the Class of 2023, who chose the University of Texas over Georgia and Alabama. So that begs the question, where does Georgia go from here?

Punt on the class entirely

Heading into the 2022 season, Georgia has four stock quarterbacks on the roster. Stetson Bennett, the expected starter, enters his final qualifying season after using the NCAA’s free year after COVID-19.

Behind Bennett, Georgia have Carson Beck, Brock Vandagriff and Gunner Stockton vying for spots on the depth chart behind the super senior.

You have just read the depth chart after spring. Gunner Stockton, a talented flagger in his own right — statistically one of the greatest high school football players in Georgia State, signed up less than five months ago. Beck, a redshirt sophomore, is likely Bennett’s number two this season, with Vandagriff being number three as a redshirt rookie on the depth chart. With a quarterback room already packed, with three players eligible for next season, Georgia could choose not to take a quarterback in 2023.

But what if they go after another QB?

Georgia’s two board targets, if they choose to pursue a caller in the Class of 2023, Dylan Lonergan and Marcel Reed, stand out as the two who will likely be atop the quarterback board of Georgia.

Georgia’s chances of landing Lonergan currently seem low given that there may have been burnt bridges with such an intense chase from someone else. Still, the Lonergan in the state is currently uncommitted, and Kirby Smart and company have six months to work some kind of magic.

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Although currently committed to Lane Kiffin and Ole Miss, Marcel Reed and offensive coordinator Todd Monken have long developed a relationship dating back to Monken’s first spring in Athens. Whether or not Georgia can get Reed away from the Rebels and Kiffin will be the big question.

Georgia’s options are clear going forward when it comes to recruiting the quarterback position. Still, neither option will be easy as the best quarterback in the 2024 class, Dylan Raiola, is already committed to Ohio State, even after the Bulldogs chase.

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