Georgia recently produced Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Cam Newton (Auburn), and Michigan has begun to mine the state’s QB talent for future stars.
In the past week, U-M offered scholarships to a pair of Peach State passers: rising sophomore Trevor Lawrence of Cartersville and rising junior Davis Mills of Greater Atlanta Christian. Lawrence is expected to be one of the top 2018 players in the nation.
“Lawrence has the early look of a special quarterback, with his size and accuracy,” said rivals.com national director of recruiting Mike Farrell. “He, obviously, needs to fill out his frame, and it will be interesting to see if he gets even taller. But right now, he’s the best quarterback I’ve seen for 2018. Once he adds some bulk and strength, the ball will come out of his hand with even more zip.”
Cal, Georgia, LSU and Virginia Tech are among the dozen-plus schools to offer Lawrence, so it’s clear that he’s building up a national reputation early in his recruiting process.
The same could be said for Mills, though. With two years of high school ball under his belt, he’s a little more developed. Arizona State, Louisville, Miami (Fla.), Northwestern, UCLA and West Virginia have entered the mix for him.
“Mills checks every box you want in an elite quarterback’s evaluation: size, arm strength, accuracy and on-field performance,” said rivals.com southeast recruiting analyst Woody Wommack. “That’s why it didn’t come as a surprise when schools from all over the country checked in to see Mills throw this spring. Plenty of schools followed those visits up with offers, and Mills is poised for a huge junior season.”
It’s not a guarantee that Michigan lands a quarterback from Georgia in the near future — players from New York and Colorado also holding U-M offers in 2017, and Florida star Joey Gatewood is offered for 2018. And Paramus (N.J.) Catholic standout Allan Walters (2018) is perhaps the most likely to end up in the winged helmet.
Tim Sullivan is the football recruiting editor of The Wolverine magazine and thewolverine.com. He is also a contributor to national football recruiting coverage on the rivals.com network. You can follow him on Twitter @tims_wolverine.