Jacob Eason Talks Florida, Georgia: Liked UF Visit ‘A Lot’

    Jacob Eason talks Florida and Georgia following his visit to Gainesville. He said that he liked his trip down to UF "a lot."

    December 8, 2015

    The Jacob Eason recruiting battle between Florida and Georgia is really heating up.

    Lake Stevens, Wash. quarterback Jacob Eason is currently the talk of the recruiting world. Eason, who’s ranked as the No. 1 pro-style quarterback and No. 2 overall player by 247Sports, has been committed to the Georgia Bulldogs since July of 2014, but the coaching shakeup at UGA has him second-guessing his future with the Dawgs.

    A school that’s entered the mix since Mark Richt’s firing is rival Florida. The Gators are thin at the quarterback position, and with redshirt freshman Will Grier suspended through six games of next season, Eason would have a real shot at the starting position as soon as he steps on campus. While Georgia would likely present that opportunity as well, Florida can seemingly offer more comfort being that its coaching staff is already assembled. 

    In addition to the turnaround the Gators experienced under first-year head coach Jim McElwain, both he and offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier are from Eason’s area of the country.

    With Richt out of the picture at Georgia, Eason hopped a plane last week to visit Florida, which appeared to go very well.

    “I knew Florida was a pretty good option because Coach Nuss and Coach Mac both are from around here,” Eason told David Krueger of HeraldNet.com. “So I set up a trip there to go check that out and ended up really liking it. There’s a lot of good things. Coach Nuss coached at U-Dub and Coach Mac graduated from Eastern Washington and they’ve both got good track records. There’s a lot of good things I got out of that trip.”

    While Eason hasn’t backed off of his verbal to UGA — he planned on meeting with new head coach Kirby Smart this week — the previously shut door has definitely been opened for the Florida Gators.

    “Right now, I’m still committed to Georgia,” Eason said. “I took my trip to Florida and I’m still waiting to see who Georgia hires as (offensive coordinator). I have a couple options opened but I’m still committed so we’ll see what happens.”

    Eason reiterated his current commitment to Georgia, but he made it known he really enjoyed Florida.

    “I’m still committed (to Georgia) but I’m going to have to decide between the two. The positives and negatives and all that stuff,” Eason said. “Over this year, with coach Richt getting fired and all that stuff, (Florida) kind of popped up. The coaches have been wanting me to come down for awhile so I came down and I liked it a lot. It’s a great school and a great opportunity there too. It’s going to come down, ultimately, to what I decide and where I feel comfortable.

    “I’ll come home and talk with my family and my dad and figure everything out.”

    Eason is the type of talent that can jumpstart a program, which is just what Florida and Georgia could use in their new coaching staffs’ infancies. It’s pretty fitting that the rivalry over the next several years could be shaped by this one recruiting battle.

    MORE: Jacob Eason Reportedly Shares Intentions With Florida Players


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