It should come as no surprise.

John Rhys Plumlee will be taking his talents to Ole Miss, his home state school, instead of Georgia, where he was asked to blueshirt.

Really, after Smart replaced Fields with Mathis, I didn’t expect to see Plumlee ever show up in Athens.  The only thing I’m a little surprised about is that he waited this long to signal his change.

Unless Kirby throws a major curve ball with a late transfer signing, your backup quarterback this season is Stetson Bennett.  That’s not to say that wouldn’t have been the case anyway with Bennett, but Mathis is something of a project and there simply aren’t the numbers at the position to pretend that either Fromm or Bennett are going to face any serious competition.


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19 responses to “It should come as no surprise.

  1. Gaskilldawg

    I don’t blame him. We let him know that he wasn’t really important to us by telling him he would have to pay out of state tuition out of his own pocket for a semester.


    • artful codger

      This is beside the point, but I wonder if UGA can offer in-state rate in this type of situation? … or would NCAA view that as illegal bene?


  2. Got Cowdog

    This will be the first year in a long time without a QB controversy… I think.


    • Macallanlover

      May want to wait until after the Spring Game before going that far out on the limb. UGA fans turned a slam dunk into a controversy last season.


  3. Russ

    Good thing we have an excellent line to protect Fromm. With him goes our season.


  4. CEPH

    I really liked that kid, not only did he have his head screwed on straight he is a heck of a QB (ask Kobe). It seems as if the coaching staff just let him waffle in the wind. There damn sure wasn’t any love shown. I personally think he has more potential than the one they got!!!

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    • 1smartdude

      100% agree. The kid has skills and like Fromm, comes in mature for his age with the potential to lead. My biggest concern isn’t this year, but next year if Fromm leaves early. There is a trip to Tuscaloosa on the schedule for ‘20. While I’m over Fields, I’d have less worry about that future date if he’d stayed.


    • Russ

      Well, we’ll see, but the recruitniks seems to think Mathis has slightly more potential. I’d say it’s a toss up on how either one turns out.

      As mentioned below, we need to be doing some development mojo on these guys because if Fromm gets hurt or leaves early, we are toast as it stands right now. I’m sure Stetson Bennett is a beast on the scout team, but nearly equal TDs to INTs in Juco doesn’t inspire confidence. I’m sure JTIII was a scout team hero, too.

      We better have next year’s 5* QB already in the bank.

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  5. artful codger

    I have a feeling that Fromm’s ultimate successor is yet to be signed, or even commited. Gotta find and get him in ’20 class or face some down years.

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  6. Amazing how we ignored him for the guy who was committed to OSU when we know little about him. Burning bridges on the recruiting trail 101. Now if Kirby will just allow Clemson to continue running rampant in our backyard.


  7. Tony Barnfart

    Mehhhh. I don’t trust hyped up QBs hailing from the state of Mississippi. The state is pretty sparsely populated and the competition is fairly thin. Remember Blake Barnes was supposed to be All-World too.


  8. kfoge

    I think a point left out of the post and comments is that Plumlee wanted to play baseball. He didn’t want to enroll early because he wanted to play his senior year of baseball and then wanted to possibly play in college too and that was kind of an issue. That’s what I have read/heard.

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    • Another consideration — and, admittedly I don’t play four-dimensional recruiting chess like Kirby does — is that he would have counted towards next year’s class and that’s likely to be relatively small. Given how loaded the in-state talent is for 2020, that may not have been an attractive option for UGA.


    • Thorn Dawg

      I’m hearing he may get drafted early and sign, so the point may be moot.


  9. do not resuscitate

    This…this makes me nervous.

    Not to offend Stetson Bennett, who I am sure is a serviceable back-up QB, but it seems like an injury to Fromm means we’re looking at a rough 2019.


  10. TK

    Could Plumblee have signed a baseball scholarship with UGA and played football also?