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Richt to Star QB: "Be patient"

ATHENS - Mark Richt said he had a message for Jacob Eason.

The former Georgia coach reached out to the five-star quarterback prospect on Sunday night. 

“I said: ‘Be patient; see who the next guy is. You might get really excited about that,’” Richt said.  “‘And the rest of the guys might get really excited about that.’ I’m not saying don’t check out other options and all that kind of stuff to be proactive. Don’t jump the gun. You chose Georgia for a reason.”

But if Eason will stick with the Bulldogs during this transition is in question. Richt visited Eason earlier this month after Georgia’s 20-13 win over Auburn, but didn’t disclose that he would be terminated at the end of the year. Richt said after the win Saturday over Georgia Tech that he didn’t intend to step down, and he had not been told that he was done. 

Eason’s father, Tony, said earlier this month that the visit by Richt: “was a good one.”

In early November Eason seemed headed to Georgia for sure, but the termination of Richt by Georgia AD Greg McGarity on Sunday has thrown into question just what will happen when Eason enrolls in college (somewhere) this winter. 

Then Richt, understanding better than most, said: “It might even be a blessing to be on the front end of a guy’s contract rather than year 16.”

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