In the world of college football, the quarterback position is the straw that stirs the drink. Georgia doesn’t currently have a quarterback in the class of 2022, but they are working diligently to add a commitment in that class. There are many extremely talented high school junior quarterbacks across the country and Georgia is leaving no stone unturned. Their search has rather recently narrowed in on the Lonestar State of Texas.
4-Star Cade Klubnik from Austin received an offer from UGA on October 20th, and since I’ve spoken with him about the relationship with the Dawgs, Todd Monken, and Buster Faulkner. In the time I spoke to him, Klubnik detailed getting recruited and playing during the pandemic, being tested mentally by college coaches, and even plans of being in Athens this weekend to see the University of Georgia for himself in an unofficial capacity. Check out the conversation below.
Q: How has your season been going? What’s it like playing through COVID, especially in a big football state like Texas?
“It’s been good. We are off to a good start, but our game this week actually gone postponed and moved to our bye week. We had 3 guys test positive, and it really hasn’t been that big of a deal, but they are being cautious and we’ll make it up later. So it’s good.
“Playing football in Texas is great, the town loves it and usually we have huge crowds, but that’s different this year.”
Q: What has the recruiting process in general been like for you?
“I mean, it hasn’t been quite ideal, per se. I got my first offer in January, and then I had around two or three visits scheduled for a couple different schools and then everything got shut down because the COVID. So, I haven’t visited anywhere. Literally my entire recruiting process and system has been all phone, facetime, zoom, and texting. So it hasn’t been quite ideal. I haven’t been on get on campuses as much as at all. But, it has still been awesome! It’s been so fun just getting to getting to live through this, and it’s something I’ve been dreaming about for a long time.”
Q: When did the relationship with Georgia start and what have the conversations been like?
“I started talking with Georgia about a month ago. They really reached out right before the start of the season and I think just wanted to see me play again. Then the offer came and that was exciting.”
“I was first talking to Coach Faulkner and then I began getting to know Coach Monken. A lot of the conversations are kind of getting to know one another, but we also talk about football. They haven’t gotten into too much about their offense specifically, but they’ve definitely talked to me a bout defenses and coverages and have gotten to see what all I know about football.”
Q: How much have you heard about or been paying attention to Georgia’s quarterback situation and their offense?
“Yeah, I’ve been paying attention for a while now. Stetson Bennett, how he’s the starter now, and what a great story that is, crazy as a former walk-on. Of course I followed and watch Jake Fromm because he was a great quarterback there. I like their offense. It’s similar to what I’m running now. But, like I said, they (Monken & Faulkner) haven’t gone into a ton of detail about their offense, but we do talk a lot of ball and they see what I know about the game. I’m more of a student of the game and enjoy that.”
Q: How it is being labeled a “Pro-Style Quarterback” when you clearly have mobility, can create plays, and are a threat in the quarterback run game? Also, are there any quarterbacks you model your style of play after?
“I like to say I’m more of the mobile style. I’m a Pro-Style guy in the pocket, but I can use my legs if I need to and I can move around a little bit. I like watching Trevor Lawrence and Aaron Rodgers play. They’re great in the pocket but can also run and be creative.”
Q: On top schools, important factors in recruitment, timeline and visits.
“I wouldn’t say I have a top anything right now just because I really wanna get a campuses and stuff. So I’m I’m gonna stay pretty open for a little bit. Um, but I mean, yeah, I’ve been I’ve been talking a few more than others, but I just kind of keep it on the from the down.”
“I kind of always stuck by a few things. Definitely the culture of the school. Just, all around, you know, I want to go to school with good people. For sure. Then, definitely, just a great great consistency of success at the at the football program. I don’t want to go somewhere to go one and ten or one and nine. I want to win! Need to have great coaches and coaches I enjoy being with and obviously great academics.”
“For sure for sure. Yes, sir. Definitely going to visit Georgia. I’m actually gonna I’m gonna end up swinging by their campus this weekend. Um, I’m gonna be out of town, and it’s gonna be on the way. So I’m going to end up swinging by the campus this weekend, and I’ll just kind of visit on my own on Sunday. Just going to kind of look around and everything. Obviously, it’s not a real visit or anything, but just to check it all out and kind of get a first glance, so it’ll be pretty fun.”
“I would like to be committed by sometime in April. Quarterbacks usually go early in the class and I’d like to do that.”
Georgia is high on the 6’2″ 180 pound quarterback and his ability to display poise and have a great presence in the pocket. The staff has communicated to Klubnik that they like how he can, “sit back there and go through reads, not panic and not get crazy feet and try to bail out of there too fast.” Of course the ability to escape and allude pressure is always attractive and virtually necessary in the game today. Klubnik can stretch the field and has good accuracy. All of those traits have helped Klubnik lead his Westlake High School team to a 4-0 start in which they’ve 55.75 points per game and Cade has thrown for 910 yards and 9 touchdowns, while rushing for 5 more.
It will be interesting to get the recent Georgia offer’s take on the Classic City after his visit this weekend. We at Bulldawg Illustrated will follow up and report back on the trip. In the meantime it seems that Georgia is and will remain a key cog in the recruitment of the Texas gunslinger.