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Georgia continues its push to flip USC 5-star QB commit Julian Lewis

Wg0vf-nP_400x400by:Keegan Pope03/20/24


Georgia’s efforts to keep Carrollton (Ga.) five-star quarterback Julian Lewis home are by no means a secret.

And Lewis hasn’t hidden his affection for the Bulldogs, visiting on a number of occasions since he committed to USC back in August. In fact, he’s been at Georgia multiple times since his last trip to California and earlier this week locked in an official visit with UGA in June.

For now, he’s pledged to the Trojans. But Georgia recruiting insider Jake Rowe believes the Bulldogs stand in a good position when it comes to their efforts to flip Lewis.

“I like where things trend for Georgia for Juju Lewis. It’s just a matter of how easy is the breakup going to be with USC,” Rowe said earlier this week during On3’s Inside Scoop recruiting show. “Lincoln Riley does such a fantastic job with quarterbacks. You can talk all you want about defense at USC and Oklahoma, and no College Football Playoff wins and all of that stuff. But if you’re a quarterback, you just can’t ignore the opportunity at least to play for Lincoln Riley.”

The Bulldogs are selling Lewis on the ability to play for not only SEC titles, but national championships as well. He’d be surrounded by elite linemen and skill players and would get to do it close to home.

Lewis has developed a strong connection with offensive coordinator Mike Bobo as well.

“Coach Bobo is intense but he’s funny,” Lewis said. “The coaches at Georgia see everything. I don’t even know how but they don’t miss anything.”

Georgia heavily pursuing two QB targets

The 6-foot-0.5, 180-pound Lewis chose to reclassify to the 2025 recruiting class in mid-January.

“Since I was 7 years old one of my goals has been to play D1 football,” he told On3. “Through hard work and sacrifice, that goal has become a reality. I have been blessed to have two good seasons under Coach Joey King and I have confidence that after this coming season I will be ready to compete at the next level. So after much prayer and talking with my family, coaches and trainers I will be reclassifying to the Class of 2025.”

He immediately became their top target in the class, but Georgia is also in heavy pursuit of high four-star passer Matt Zollers, who is considering UGA, Missouri, Penn State and Pittsburgh. Rowe believes the Bulldogs would happily take either in this class, and it could become a situation of whether Zollers is ready to commit before Lewis is ready to make a final decision.

Julian Lewis Recruit Profile

Lewis is the nation’s No. 9 overall prospect, No. 2 quarterback and No. 3 recruit from Georgia in the 2025 cycle according to the On3 Industry Ranking — a weighted average that utilizes all four major recruiting media companies.

Scouting Summary: “Polished signal caller who turned in the most productive freshman season among 2026 quarterbacks. Has been touted as a high-profile prospect, earning offers as a middle schooler. Measured in at around 6-foot-0.5, 185 pounds with a 9.5-inch hand prior to his sophomore season. Turned in a strong freshman campaign, completing 65.5% of his passes for over 4,100 yards and 48 touchdowns against 12 interceptions while leading his team to a state title appearance. Played well while facing some of the strongest competition among 2026 quarterbacks. Has advanced accuracy and overall polish at this early stage.

“Very consistent on a throw-to-throw basis in the camp setting. Shows the ability to locate passes to several areas, including over the middle of the field. Shows nice touch and ability to layer the football. Navigates the pocket well, sliding up to elude pass rushers. Can make defenders miss in space. Has plenty of time to continue growing, but is not overly physically imposing at this stage. Flashes a good arm, but his upside as a pure, top arm talent remains to be seen. Can also continue improving as a creative playmaker as he gets more varsity experience. Figures to be among the top quarterbacks in 2026 as the cycle progresses.”