LAKE STEVENS, WASH. – Good morning from the hometown of Jacob Eason, the nation’s No. 1 quarterback who is committed to play football at UGA.
Eason still has his senior season left to play at Lake Stevens High School, and this week I’ll be blogging from his spring football practices.
Lake Stevens is a picturesque lakefront community located about 40 minutes north of Seattle, and high school football is bigger deal here than I thought it would be.
Jacob and his teammates are practicing at the school’s football stadium, which I’d rank along with some of Georgia’s best. It seats around 4,000 people at capacity, and the home stands are covered by a gigantic roof to shield fans from the notorious rains which are common during the football season. (There’s nothing but sunshine this week, though)
Lake Stevens is one of the state’s top 10 largest high schools, and they’ve had a lot of football success in the last two years by winning back-to-back conference championships.
Jacob was pretty easy for me to spot at Monday’s practice. He’s the tallest kid on the team at a shade over 6-foot-5, with his next tallest teammate being a 6-2 offensive lineman.
For being an elite prospect, Eason seemed to blend in and mix well with his teammates. He appeared to be unassuming, and never really purposely drew attention to himself unless he was barking out signals before the snap.
Of course, you can’t help but notice the arm. Everybody loves to watch Eason launch spirals. And even though his arm had to be tired coming off this past weekend’s Elite 11 QB camp in Los Angeles, Eason still put on a show at practice.
Unlike Georgia, they wait a little longer in Washington to have spring football practices – so it won’t conflict with other sports during school year (That allowed Eason to play baseball and DO THIS). And I know my friends who coach in GHSA will be jealous to hear this: At the end of the week, Lake Stevens will get to scrimmage against one of its biggest rivals. We’ll have reports from the scrimmage.
More on Lake Stevens: It’s a bedroom community of around 30,000 people, and most who live here don’t work here. The scenery is lush and green, and there are panoramic views of the Cascade Mountains. It sort of reminds me of the beauty of North Georgia.
A few years, I sat next to UGA basketball coach Mark Fox for hours at an AAU tournament. We might’ve been the only two people in the stands. We ran out of sports things to talk about, so I asked about best vacation spots. He told me that “Seattle in August” was about “as good as it gets” because of the stunning views and sunny weather. I finally made it, Coach, and I think you may be right.
I’ll post again tomorrow.
Here’s a video below of Jacob Eason talking after practice about UGA’s QB situation, including the new addition of transfer Greyson Lambert …