The Jacob Eason recruitment saga continues. Eason has had his commitment to Georgia “on hold” after former head coach Mark Richt was let go. He traveled to Gainesville last week to visit Florida, and playing for Richt at Miami is still a possibility.
However, less than 24 hours into the job, new UGA head coach Kirby Smart is trying to put a stop to any thoughts of a decommitment from Eason. After Smart visited with five-star offensive lineman Ben Cleveland, his father Derek told the AJC’s DawgNation that he believes Smart will make the cross-country trip to the Seattle area to visit Eason on Monday.
Due to Smart’s stellar recruiting tactics, many Georgia fans should be very excited about Smart’s upcoming trip. Eason is a high school phenom and his success is expected to translate over to the college level almost instantly. He is a near lock to be an upgrade from struggling starting quarterback Greyson Lambert. Contrarily from Lambert, Eason has a cannon arm and a strong pocket presence. Eason is the piece Georgia needs in order to find success as soon as possible.
There have been many people who have said Jacob Eason had only committed to Georgia for Mark Richt and what he brought to the program. I would say that is not quite the case. Eason told me back in October, “(The moment) I arrived on campus, I sort of had a feeling it was the place.” If he sincerely meant that, I feel like he enjoys the University of Georgia as a whole. Bulldog fans should still have hope that he remains in Athens despite the coaching changes, due to the tradition and intrigue the university embodies.
Smart will have his press conference at 12:30pm ET on Monday in Athens before making the trip. It will be an interesting story line as we will see if Smart’s persuasion tactics are effective. Smart’s sit-down with Eason may also entail who Georgia may look to hire as their new play-caller, as current offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer isn’t expected to remain on Smart’s staff, despite his strong relationship with the five star target.
Eason must make his decision quickly, as he is to enroll in his chosen university in January in order to become accustomed to the “college feel” both academically and athletically.