Posted: 9:31 pm Saturday, July 19th, 2014

Pair of 5-stars commit to UGA (UPDATED) 

By Michael Carvell

2016 QB Jacob Eason

2016 QB Jacob Eason of Lake Stevens, Wash., is UGA’s most celebrated QB recruit since Matt Stafford (AJC/Michael Carvell)

Two of the nation’s top high school juniors committed to UGA on Saturday.

Ben Cleveland, a 5-star offensive tackle from Stephens County High School, and Jacob Eason, a 5-star quarterback from Lake Stevens, Wash., both pledged to UGA after competing together in the Dawg Night prospect camp on Friday.

OL Ben Cleveland (AJC/Michael Carvell)

OL Ben Cleveland (AJC/Michael Carvell)

Cleveland and Eason are both ranked among the nation’s top 22 college football prospects for 2016, per the 247sports.com composite rankings. They are UGA’s first two commitments for its 2016 class.

The 6-foot-7, 320-pound Cleveland is ranked as the state’s No. 2 overall prospect for 2016, along with the nation’s No. 3 offensive tackle. Cleveland had around 20 offers, including Alabama, Clemson, Florida and Auburn, but was always considered a strong lean to UGA.

The 6-5, 205-pound Eason is UGA’s most celebrated QB recruit since Matt Stafford. He flew to Athens with his parents for Dawg Night and to visit UGA’s campus for the weekend.

Eason is rated as the nation’s No. 2 pro-style quarterback and the nation’s No. 14 overall prospect. He was also considering Notre Dame, Washington, Stanford and Alabama, among others.

“(Georgia Head) coach (Mark) Richt has been there, for heck, I don’t know how long,” Lake Stevens coach Tom Tri told The Herald of Everett, Washington. “He was looking for stability in the program. The right offensive fit and scheme. He was looking for the right group of coaches he could continue to flourish with. Georgia was definitely a good fit in that direction.”

Dawg Night was UGA’s biggest recruiting weekend of the year, and it has lived up to it advanced billing this year. The Bulldogs kicked off the weekend with commitments from a pair of 2015 defensive backs, Shaquery Wilson from Miami and Deontai Williams of Jacksonville, Fla. Williams flipped his commitment from Florida to the Bulldogs.

  • Note: Aaron Murray was ranked as the nation’s No. 18 overall prospect in 2009, while Matthew Stafford was rated as the No. 6 overall prospect in 2006.

Of course, UGA’s coaches were giddy on Twitter:

From UGA grad assistant Daniel Inman

And here’s some general reaction on Twitter:

438 comments
Hobnail Boot
Hobnail Boot

Ya'll just Hate that Title ...........We Run this State!

BOR
BOR

The only question I have is: how can I reach to Big Ben's parents?


15 years old, 6-foot-7, 320-pound !!!?? Dang, what do your parents feed you? I need that recipes, PLEASE!!!

WhiskeyBreath
WhiskeyBreath

2016 Huh? Since that is a couple of years away, that will be plenty of time to let Kirby and Nick

perform their magic. Kirby loves home grown Ga boys.    

Oh hump fans, we don't won't Brothers job. You guys might hire somebody that doesn't choke.

In fact, please sign  him up to a lifetime contract and continue the butt kissing.  


thebucket
thebucket

The QB competition in the Spring over the next 3 years should be something to see! I bet G-Day is a tad more exciting over that span.

Blackoutanyone
Blackoutanyone

Congrats UGA fans.  I think Bama had a real shot at Eason until our latest QB commit.  



Roll Tide!!

MikeS777
MikeS777

And the trolls want Richt's job just because he hasn't won the National Championship. lol.  Kids like this come to UGA because of Richt and his staff.  Stafford didn't know anything about UGA, its history, or even the rivalry with Florida.  All he knew is he had been following Richt since he was coaching at FSU, and watched how well all the QBs developed under him.  He wanted to get the best coaching he could for the next level.

Hopefully, Pruitt will have the defense rebuilt well for this QB if he's as good as advertised.  UGA gets their defense back on track, and you just may see those National titles sooner than later.  Its the only reason they didn't win one in 2012.

SinceVince
SinceVince

The first thing is for UGA to concentrate on beating Klimpson and also South Cackalacky... Lose those games and our season is practically  OVA.  Good news for 2016 but a lot can happen between now and then.

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

How the hell did we get 407 comments on an article about commitments for a 2016 class? Too many trolls. 

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

The inside of Big Countries right leg looks like a scare. Has he had an ACL or one of the other Ligaments  operated on?

thebucket
thebucket

@WhiskeyBreath  You don't "won't" Richt's job? I guess you don't want an education either! Just win them footbawl games boys!!!!!!!!!

WhiskeyBreath
WhiskeyBreath

@MikeS777 Pruitt will only do what Brother will let him. Hasn't it been that way with every 

D.C. Ga has had? Believe me, Brother  hasn't been on the other side of the ball .... like forever.  

Grantham failed not because of his experience, but because he had to work for Brother.

He had a successful track record before he came to GA. 

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@SinceVince The season isn't over if we lose both. In 2011 we started 0-2 after losses to Boise State and South Carolina and went to the SEC title game and finished the season 10-4 so all is not lost even if you lose both. But of course, starting 0-2 isn't an ideal situation.

TrueDawg1986
TrueDawg1986

@BigTimeTECHFan Clearly someone is butthurt.....when is the last time the insects even had a 5 star on campus?  LMAO....keep on trollin hater....should be fun to go 0 and forever when we crush you insects....again.

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@BigTimeTECHFan But Eason isn't being compared to Christian LeMay. He's being compared to Stafford. Or at least being called "the most celebrated QB since a kid from Texas named Stafford"

DawgNole
DawgNole

@C-Kirk

I noticed that. Can't imagine, though, that major surgery (such as ACL) wouldn't be mentioned anywhere.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@DawgGoneIt @SinceVince

Starting 0-2 would be pretty deflating. You're virtually out of the NC race, and the loss to SC would make winning the SEC East a huge challenge. Did bounce back nicely in '11, but faded badly late.

SinceVince
SinceVince

@DawgGoneIt and We got embarrassed in the second half of the title game if I remember correctly.... So remind me what was our excuse then?

BigTimeTECHFan
BigTimeTECHFan

The post mentions Murray and Statford as if they were highest ranked recent QB, I'm just reminding that LeMay was ranked high also, no big deal

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

@TrueDawg1986 @C-Kirk

Thanks that good news. If it was a scar I would sure like to see the truck or tank that could actually tear a ligament in a leg that big. I bet nobody has ever knocked Big Country on his @$$ with a build like that. Does he have any brothers? Just what has his parents been feeding him? They need to bottle it and sell it to our Nutrition  Department.

thebucket
thebucket

@Ihateorange @thebucket @WhiskeyBreath  I agree. Apparently some people on here think that being a fan of a successful program makes you an expert on college football. Then they start typing and prove that their team's success had nothing to do with them!

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@SinceVince I think we actually beat Clemson this year rather easily at home. I don't see that matchup as much of a threat to UGA this year. South Carolina at their place will be the toughest of the two by far. Beat both of them, and this could be a special season.

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@SinceVince There isn't an "excuse". We got beat. But that was not my point or the point of your original comment.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@DawgGoneIt @SinceVince

We should take Clemson at home, but "rather easily"? Wouldn't count on that. Sure need that W though--both for confidence against SC and to avenge last season's embarrassing season opener.

SinceVince
SinceVince

@DawgGoneIt I hope so but Clemson does have a good defense....They also have played SEC teams as of late really tough with one exception and that team has also beat us 3 times out of the last 4.

SinceVince
SinceVince

@DawgGoneIt  I understand but with the new format this year will be difficult to bring home the BIG trophy with 2 losses.

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@DawgNole I just think our offense is going to be on fire with Gurley leading the way and all of our weapons. Also Pruitt knows how to scheme and defend Clemson very well. Last season FSU shut Clemson down to only 14 points and 7 of those came in garbage time. Plus being at home, etc. 

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@SinceVince They have a good defensive line. I'll give them that. All seniors led by Vic Beasley. But if our O-line holds up, we'll tear them apart. That's where the game will be won. I just don't see them coming to Athens and beating us when we'll have the crowd behind us and revenge on our minds. We're tough to beat in Athens. But we'll see.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@DawgGoneIt @DawgNole

How did you think we would do against them last year at this time? 

I was at that FSU-Clemson game--a real stunner.

SinceVince
SinceVince

@DawgGoneIt Thos Clemson Folks are very confident. Vegas says we win and I think its gonna be close with UGA winning.

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@DawgNole I thought we'd win of course but I knew it would be tough having to go to their place against Tajh Boyd, Sammy Watkins, Roderick McDowell, Martavis Bryant, etc. However we still only lost by 3 (final score 38-35) All those guys are gone. Plus this year they'll have a starter on their O-line and D-line suspended (Guard David Beasley and DE Corey Crawford). I just like our chances. But of course, I could be wrong.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@DawgGoneIt @DawgNole

Hopefully Gurley will be available for the ENTIRE game (and not needed in the 4Q). And no more damn celebration injuries!