QB, HOUSTON COUN TY
JAKE FROMM, THE STATE’S TOP QUARTERBACK IN THE
class of 2017, knows what’s at stake in his final season.
The Houston County signal caller has a chance to create
history for his school and be a part of something that hasn’t
occurred in the 26-year span of the program’s existence. And
that’s to bring a state championship home.
The Bears hadn’t enjoyed too much success since the
school’s football program began in 1991. Prior to head coach
Von Lassiter arriving in 2013, the Bears had only enjoyed
one 10-win season. With Fromm behind center over the past
two years, Houston County has gone 21-5 with two consecutive appearances in the GHSA Class AAAAA quarterfinals.
In his senior season, Fromm said he’s hoping to end a
couple steps further than where his past two seasons have
“I’m ready to finish up business here and hopefully win a
Having won a state championship in baseball this past
state championship in football,” Fromm said. “It’s something
we’ve never done and something I have the full intent of doing.”
Fromm, a four-star prospect, committed to Georgia after
holding a prior pledge to Alabama. He’s planning to enroll
early after the fall semester ends to get a head start on his
college football career. That means this football season is
the last high school sport he’ll partake in.
spring, Fromm is hoping to double up and end 2016 with one
in football as well. It certainly won’t be easy.
With conference realignment taking place, Houston County
is moving from Region 2-AAAAA to Region 1-AAAAAA. In the
new region, only Northside-Warner Robins joins Houston
County from the previous one, with Coffee, Valdosta and Lee
County staying put.
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Fromm is ready for the
challenge of going against
some of the bigger and
better programs the state
has to offer.
“He’s a very smart kid
and has all the tangibles,”
Lassiter said. “But he also
has a great desire to get
better every day. It makes
it easy on us. We want to
coach kids like him. He
makes it easy for us to
coach and makes every-
body else around him want
Houston County came
close to a state semifinal
berth a season ago.
Trailing by 18 in the second
half of their quarterfinal
game against Allatoona,
Fromm helped engineer
a comeback to pull the
Bears within five. It wouldn’t
be enough as Allatoona
escaped with a 59-47
victory. But Fromm’s game,
throwing for 366 yards in
the loss, proved why he’s
regarded as not only the
best quarterback in the
state, but one of the top
prospects in the country.
“They almost beat Allatoona,” 247Sports.com recruiting
analyst Rusty Mansell said. “He had a big game against
those guys. I think Houston County is going to be really good
this year. I think Georgia fans are going to get to see him play
some this year.”
Fromm made a lot of teams pay in 2015 and will look to
do the same in 2016. Even though Jones County head coach
Justin Rogers scored a win against Fromm and the Bears
last season, he’s thankful he won’t have to go against him
this coming season now that the schools aren’t in the same
region. Rogers has a quarterback background and said
Fromm possesses rare talent at this level.
“There are guys all over the Southeast who can spin it
Fromm has one more chance to go out as a state cham-
and throw tight spirals and hard-velocity balls,” Rogers said.
“But do they have the decision making to go along with that?
That’s what makes him such a special talent and such a rare
talent. He has all the components. And he has the charisma
as well to be a leader. The mental part is a huge reason why
Helping Fromm will be Amari Colbert, Houston County’s
top receiving target a year ago. Colbert hauled in 44
catches for 904 yards and 9 touchdowns. On the other
side, Fromm will also have receiver Eli Watson in the fold.
Watson went for 32 catches, 771 yards and 8 touchdowns
in 2015. Needless to say, the Bears should be dangerous
again in this passing attack.
pion. Before he enrolls at Georgia, that’s the top priority on
“I’m definitely pouring everything I have to do it,” Fromm
said. “I’m excited to see where we’re at as a program. To
be able to compete with the bigger powerhouses, I think
we’re ready for it. We’re going to go out and compete every
single week.” – Jason Butt