You wanted to be the last program to get the call from Jacob Eason today.
That’s because the 5-star quarterback wanted to tell let the programs he had not picked that he was headed elsewhere, his father Tony said on Monday night. Needless to say Eason’s final call was to Athens.
So ends the recruitment of one of the most important prospects in recent memory at Georgia - with an unanticipated crescendo. Eason picked the Bulldogs over virtually every school in the nation on Tuesday. He visited Florida and Washington in the last two weeks, but stuck with the Bulldogs.
"He made his mind up," Tony Eason said of his son's decision to stick with the Bulldogs. "We support his decision 100%"
Eason didn’t want to be in this situation. Two summers ago the lanky prospect committed to Mike Bobo and Mark Richt during a football camp in the summer. Six months later Eason and Georgia lost Bobo to Colorado State. Richt was still around, and Eason remained firm in his commitment to Georgia.
But as the 2015 season dragged on, Richt found his job security in peril. The Bulldogs, thanks to curious decisions by the coaching staff at quarterback and a failed offense, were either losing big games or saving themselves with wins against low-level opponents. Still, Eason sticked firm to his commitment.
Only after Richt was fired after the season-ending win over Georgia Tech did Eason slowly reassess the situation. That’s when the Lake Stevens (Wash.) star decided to hedge his bet on Georgia to take a look around.
Eason enters an unknown situation at quarterback in Athens this coming fall. As it stands today, only three scholarship quarterbacks will be on campus for the 2016 season. Greyson Lambert, the primary starter in 2015, seems to have lost his top advocate in former offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, who told players on Monday that he would not return to the program in 2016 or coach the bowl game in January. Brice Ramsey, who was underutilized in 2015, was the favorite to win the starting spot in 2015 had Bobo never left. Now Bobo’s good friend Kirby Smart is the head coach at Georgia.
Should Eason win the starting job at Georgia he would be only the second true freshman since the turn of the century to do so. Matthew Stafford did so in 2006, but with very mixed results during Georgia’s topsy-turvy 2006. That season saw the Bulldogs lose to Vanderbilt and Kentucky, but finish the season with wins over ranked Auburn, Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech.
Eason’s reaffirmation to the Bulldogs provides Georgia with major recruiting momentum entering the major stretch run of the 2016 class. Eason (No. 7 overall player in 2016) is seen as a key to signing other players like 5-star ATH Mecole Harman (No. 11 overall player in 2016) and 5-star TE Isaac Nauta (No. 23 overall player in 2016). If the Bulldogs can close with those two prospects and 5-star Lanier DL Derrick Brown (No. 9 overall player in 2016) it would be the most 5-star prospects signed by the program has signed since the 2012 class which featured 5-star prospects John Theus, Keith Marshall, Josh Harvey-Clemons and Jordan Jenkins.