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AVON, CT Kirby Smart, Todd Monken and the Georgia Bulldogs have one of the best signed quarterbacks in the country.
No, it’s not Arch Manning or anyone else in Class 2023.
It’s junior quarterback Ryan Puglisi from Old Avon Farms (CT)
The 6-foot-3, 205-pound gunslinger publicly signed to Georgia on Oct. 16, giving Todd Monken a signing from one of the top quarterbacks in the class of 2024.
Puglisi recently spoke to Irish Sports Daily’s Christian McCollum about why he became involved with Georgia and Tod Monken.
“It all started with coach Monken last spring when he came up to watch me throw,” said Puglisi. “That’s when the ball started rolling with Georgia. Even before I had an offer, I knew Coach Monken was a guy I really wanted to play for. We connected immediately, even before I had an offer. I flew to Georgia in June and they offered me there. It was just a great experience. It was a breeze to commit once we met the rest of the staff.”
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“They are a really explosive team,” Puglisi added. “They scored a lot of points in almost every game, that really appealed to me. Playing down there and having playmakers around me and knowing that if something doesn’t go well we can always let the ball run because that’s where they were created with the offensive line and the defenders that bring them in. I was super excited about that.”
Puglisi received his offer in June and returned to Athens for Georgia’s game against Vanderbilt in October. Sources say the four-star star became privately involved with Georgia during this visit, but made his commitment public a few days later.
McCollum also spoke to Puglisi’s personal quarterback coach, Tommy Guy, the director of football development at ESA of New England.
“I think Georgia is a perfect match for Ryan,” Guy said. “One thing that I don’t think people know about Ryan is that they see all the throws he can make and they see that he has as strong an arm as anyone in the country, but he is too very athletic and strong. He has the mental strength and attributes you need to play at a high level. I think the difference between some guys who can walk and the guys who can walk in the SEC is the wear and tear on their bodies. Ryan is 6ft 3 and 205lbs but he’s a tough guy. He may not get you 40 or 50 yards per carry, but he will consistently get you 8 or 12 yards when you need it. He’ll open up so many more things on their offense. He’s going to Georgia and still has room to improve. He will be with the best coaches, the best players and he will keep improving with everything around him. He’s already as good as anyone in his class in the country and with room for improvement he’ll be at a whole different level in Georgia in a year or two.”