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QB recruit Jake Fromm follows Kirby Smart to Georgia

Georgia coach Kirby Smart scored a major recruiting victory over his former team Wednesday when four-star quarterback Jake Fromm switched his oral commitment from the Alabama Crimson Tide to the Bulldogs.

Fromm, out of Houston County High School in Warner Robins, Georgia, is the No. 148 player in the ESPN Junior 300 and the sixth-ranked pocket-passing quarterback in the 2017 class. He originally committed to Alabama on Oct. 10, 2015, but he told the Crimson Tide staff Wednesday that he was having a change of heart and drove to Athens and committed to Georgia the same day.

When he announced his original commitment to Alabama, Fromm said he couldn't wait to come back to Athens and "carve up the Dawgs."

Former Georgia coach Mark Richt and his staff passed on him and made an offer to another in-state quarterback target, but shortly after Smart was hired, he extended a scholarship offer to Fromm and made him a priority target for the 2017 class.

"This wasn't a quick or emotional decision," said Fromm, who threw for more than 4,000 yards and 36 touchdowns as a junior and was named the Gatorade player of the year in Georgia. "It was an incredibly hard decision to make, but it's the right choice.

"I can't thank Coach Smart enough for giving me the opportunity to play the game I love at the school I have rooted for my entire life. Georgia is the best place for me to succeed and be the best person and football player I can be."

This is the second straight recruiting class in which Smart has landed an elite quarterback prospect. In the recently signed 2016 class, Georgia landed No. 1 pocket-passing quarterback Jacob Eason of Lake Stevens (Washington) High School.

Fromm is the sixth pledge in the 2017 class for Georgia, and four of its commitments are from players ranked in the ESPN Junior 300.