Complete Scouting Report for Georgia 4-Star QB Commit Jacob Park

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Complete Scouting Report for Georgia 4-Star QB Commit Jacob Park
Via 247Sports

Jacob Park is the No. 5 pro-style quarterback in the nation, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings, and he's committed to Georgia. 

Park is one of the bigger names in the 2014 recruiting class, and he's undoubtedly one of Georgia's most important commitments. He is a member of the Elite 11

What will Georgia football be like once Aaron Murray moves on? Perhaps Park is a recruit who will eventually be able to provide that answer. At the very least, he'll be in a position to if he stays committed.

What is Park bringing to the table for Georgia?

We here at the Signed, Sealed, Delivered blog look forward to bringing you those answers in this scouting report:

 

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Positives

Park is a big quarterback recruit at 6'3'', 202 pounds. For being a bigger, non dual-threat quarterback, he has great speed and athleticism. He runs a 4.70 40, per 247Sports. 

He's very comfortable in the pocket, displaying good poise, footwork and vision, but if he needs to, he can tuck the ball and run. As a runner, Park has quick footwork, can cut and make defenders miss and he does a good job of hitting the hole hard and seeing the lane.

With that said, Park will make his mark as a passer in college.

He has a nice arm and throws a pretty effortless ball. He's lanky, so he has a high release point and a very smooth throw. The ball comes out of his hand like it's almost being catapulted downfield. Park can throw the deep ball over-top with good arc and touch, but he can also squeeze it into a tighter window with more velocity.

Because of his athleticism, he's effective as a bootleg runner to either the right or left, and he does a good job of throwing on the run. Complements of his arm strength, Park doesn't need to have his feet set to make a strong or accurate throw. 

In the picture below, Park is playing quarterback and he's looking at a route combination of a hitch, two seams and a wheel route of sorts coming out of the backfield (from right to left): 

Park gets pressure off the edge, so he steps up and lets the running back take the rusher downfield. He then starts escaping to the right of the pocket. At that point, his hitch receiver wisely decides to get behind the corner and get open:

Park is able to get the edge and outrun one more defender, and notice in picture No. 2 how quickly he is able to gather his feet and square his shoulders for the throw. The square shoulder part is key to this throw, and that's a skill only the best quarterbacks have at the high school level:

He gets the throw over the defense to his scrambling wideout in the end zone. Park took a broken play and turned it into six. That's the type of quarterback he is.

 

Negatives

There's really not much to discuss here. Mind you, I'm looking at highlights for the most part, so even the most watchful eye can have a hard time finding things to work on.

The one recurring issue I saw was that when scrambling, he did throw it across his body to the other side of the field a few times. He also threw fading away off of his back foot a few times. Park will easily be able to get away with that in high school, but against a disciplined college defense, that's going to be an easy interception. 

 

Projection

Brice Ramsey Via 247Sports
Park is going to have a good amount of competition ahead of him at quarterback. Most notable will be Brice Ramsey, who was a 2013 4-star pro-style quarterback signee. Ramsey enrolled early at Georgia, and he has a nice arm and may even be more athletic than Park—which is saying a lot.

Still, Park is talented enough to compete, and he could also consider a redshirt.

 

Note: Scouting and analysis done by writer, via tape study of film provided on Park's 247Sports profile page. Screen grabs via his Hudl film. 

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