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Harris, Barden among '14 QBs to watch

11/28/2012

ATHENS, Ga. -- As Georgia closes out its 2013 recruiting class, the Bulldogs’ coaching staff is hitting the road and the film room to evaluate the next crop of talented recruits. A few offers have already gone out to some of the some members of the Class of 2014, but each week new names emerge.

We are going to take a position-by-position look at some of the 2014 prospects whose profile pages you may want to add to your favorites. Here is a look at the quarterbacks Georgia has seen or may offer.

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Georgia has yet to offer a Class of 2014 quarterback and in fact the coaches might not. With the signing of Brice Ramsey (Kingsland, Ga./Camden) for 2013 and the redshirting of Faton Bauta, the Bulldogs are likely set for 2014. But in years past when Mark Richt indicated he was not going to take a quarterback the team ended up with Bauta and Hutson Mason.

Names to watch

Tyler Harris (Blackshear, Ga./Pierce Co.): Through seven games, Harris has a school record 20 touchdowns and has thrown for almost 1,700 yards. The 6-foot-3, 210 pound junior is a member of the ESPN Watch List and is drawing a lot of interest from schools such as Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Georgia and South Carolina. He camped at Alabama and Georgia, where he had strong performance in the Mark Richt 7-on-7 tournament. Harris recently visited Alabama and was called in to speak with Nick Saban.

Brooks Barden (Cartersville, Ga./Cartersville): A pocket-passer with a big frame, the 6-3 Barden had a chance to show-off for the Georgia coaches at the Mark Richt 7-on-7 tournament in June. He did not have his best performance in front of the coaches but he did slice up some defenses that day. Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee are watching Barden.

DeShaun Watson (Gainesville, Ga./Gainesville): The 6-3, 195-pound dual-threat quarterback is committed to Clemson but indicated that he would like a Georgia offer. He started as a freshman and as a sophomore Watson accounted for more than 4,000 yards of offense and 57 touchdowns. This year his Red Elephants are averaging more than six touchdowns per game.

Cole Garvin (Tyrone, Ga./Sandy Creek): Although a bit shorter than the other quarterbacks on the list, Garvin has a strong arm and he put it to good use in June at the Mark Richt camp. His strong showing in front of the Georgia coaches put him on the radar. Garvin’s undefeated Sandy Creek squad is averaging over 45 points per game. For the season, Garvin is 63-of-98 for 1,242 yards with 12 touchdowns and 3 interceptions.

Will Grier (Davidson, N.C./Davidson) -- Another ESPN Watch List member, Grier has offers from Florida, Tennessee, Louisiana-Lafayette, North Carolina, East Carolina and Wake Forest. He visited the Gators recently and is going back for a second look when Florida hosts South Carolina. So far this season Grier has completed 197 of 254 pass attempts for 3068 yards. He has 36 touchdowns to only three interceptions. He has also picked up 674 yards on 66 rushing attempts and scored four touchdowns on the ground. Georgia has had great success recruiting the state of North Carolina as well so an offer could make things interesting with Grier.

Elijah Staley (Marietta, Ga./Wheeler): A two-spot star, the 6-6 Staley said Georgia was the first school to look at him as football prospect and not just as a basketball recruit. He took a basketball visit to Athens to see Georgia host South Carolina in football. Staley has basketball offers from Georgetown, Georgia Tech, UCF and Virginia Tech.

Charles Stafford (Albany, Ga./Monroe) -- The 6-2, 220-pound quarterback is hearing from Georgia and after a sophomore season that saw him throw for 2,564 yards and 23 touchdowns, it is easy to see why.