There is no denying that the quarterback situation this year isn’t a good one at Florida. Up until Sunday there weren’t many answers for 2016 as well. That is when 4-star quarterback Feleipe Franks of Crawfordville (Fla.) Wakulla made his pledge to Jim McElwain and the Gators.
Now, the Gators are trying to take things a step further and really shore up the position even more. They hosted 4-star signal caller Dwayne Haskins over the weekend along with Franks, but Tuesday through Thursday the Gators will host 5-star Lake Stevens (WA) quarterback Jacob Eason.
He’s listed as the number two quarterback in the country on Scout and the number seven player overall in the national rankings.
Jacobs is currently committed to the University of Georgia, but with head coach Mark Richt being let go over the weekend, he has decided to look at a few other schools.
The Gators are expected to return current starter sophomore Treon Harris next year and redshirt freshman Will Grier who will have to sit out the remaining part of his suspension for a performance enhancing drug violation.
The Gators were doing admirably on offense early in the season and with Grier at the helm before the suspension. Harris then played reasonably well against ranked opponents LSU and Georgia, both away from home. But, since that Georgia contest, the offense has sputtered a great deal and a big part of that comes from quarterback play.
As for next year, it is still a mystery as to just what Grier is going to do and questions will remain about that until we hear from him.
All of this leaves the Florida football staff in a predicament at the position and the real need to sign quality players that can come in right away and compete.
Florida took a commitment from Manvel (TX) Kyle Trask, who doesn’t have the resume of a Franks or an Eason but has the tools the staff is looking for in a quarterback and got a scholarship offer in just before committing in July.
All three prospects are early enrollee candidates and any or all of them could show up in January to compete in spring drills for next fall.
Eason, no doubt, would come in with guns blazing and ready to compete for a spot. Big, strong armed, and confident, he is the type of quarterback that should excel in the pro-style attack that Florida would love to run.
In somewhat of Florida’s favor here, Eason has a previous relationship with Florida offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier. Nussmeier recruited Eason when he was the coordinator at Michigan. With so many questions surrounding Georgia at this time, it appears that Eason has a legitimate shot at walking away from his current commitment.
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