It has been nearly two months since UGA landed its highest-rated QB recruit since Matt Stafford.
And Jacob Eason, the 5-star quarterback from Lake Stevens, Wash., feels just as good about his college decision nowadays as he did when abruptly pledged to UGA at July’s Dawg Night prospect camp.
When asked to reflect on the UGA commitment this week, Eason’s father, Tony Eason (not the NFL quarterback), told the AJC this:
“Have you ever looked at his Twitter account? I mean, it’s all UGA.
“I think he’s more excited now than ever, especially after watching that Georgia-Clemson game and with how good they looked. And commitments from other recruits are getting in … Jacob is really happy about it. It’s nice to have a perfect fit for him like Georgia for who he is as a football player and a student. I think he really feels good about it.
“You look at all these other guys running the read-option offense, and that’s not what Jacob is all about. He can’t wait to get behind the controls of that offense at Georgia with all the talent around him. With that being said, he’s got to go in there and earn everything. There are some good quarterbacks there. Jacob just wants to be a part of that, and compete. Brice (Ramsey) and all those guys took him under his wing when he was there. They really made him feel welcome, and like he was part of the club. That made a big impression on Jacob. He can’t wait to get there.”
For the next two seasons, Eason will be at Lake Stevens High School. He’s a junior. In last week’s opener, Eason completed 25 of 40 passes for 294 yards and three touchdowns with one interception in a 28-21 win.
“We played a team that made it to the quarterfinals in state last year,” his father said. “They had a bunch of returning players, so it was a tough go for us. They dropped eight people into coverage the whole night. So Jacob had some real tight windows to throw into. But we managed to get the win. We had some new guys play well for us. It’s always nice to start the season with a win against a good team.”
On just about every Sunday night since committing to UGA, Eason has had a lengthy phone conversation with Mark Richt or offensive coordinator Mike Bobo.
“He calls them once a week,” Tony said. “They set it up for Sunday night. Jacob will call one or the other to touch base. They talk about recruiting and what’s going on with it. They’re putting ahead a heck of class for this year. And they’re off to a good start with that 2016 class.”
When will Eason return to UGA for an unofficial visit? That’s a tough question to answer since Eason lives in Washington and can’t make a weekend swing during the school year like most kids.
“I don’t know,” Tony said. “It may not be until Dawg Night next year. He really had fun at that. If Georgia has a bunch of recruits coming for Dawg Night next summer, and that’s when the coaches want him there, that’s what we will do.”
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