Class of 2014 quarterback Jacob Park (Stratford High School, S.C.), a 4-star pro-style passer who has committed to play at the University of Georgia, has been named Mr. Football in the state of South Carolina.
Kelsey Riggs of WBTW News 13 tweeted out a picture of Park accepting the award:
Potentially the heir apparent to Aaron Murray, the leading passer in SEC history, Park enjoyed a fine senior season for Stratford, leading his team to the State Championship Game. There it lost to heavy favorite Northwestern, which forced Stratford into eight turnovers, but Park proved himself to be a winner and leader nonetheless.
"[Jacob is] a very strong competitor," said Georgia head coach Mark Richt, according to Seth Emerson of the Macon Telegraph. "He certainly could have looked at our roster and decided not to come. But he believed in himself, and has a lot of ability. It's gonna be interesting to see what he can do."
Park finished the season with more than 3,700 total yards and entered the championship with 38 total touchdowns.
This isn't the first time Richt and Georgia have dipped into South Carolina's talent pool. According to Emerson, Park is the second consecutive Mr. Football from the Palmetto State to commit to Georgia, joining Tramel Terry from the Class of 2013:
That makes two straight years that Mr. Football in South Carolina is headed to Georgia (Tramel Terry last year, Jacob Park this year).— Seth Emerson (@SethEmerson) December 14, 2013
Radi Nabulsi of The Dawg Report dug up the last six Mr. Footballs from South Carolina. Notice a slow-shifting trend?
Park is the No. 69 prospect on the 247Sports composite rankings, but he places even higher at No. 47 on the site's subjective list. Of the six highest-ranked pro-style quarterbacks on the composite, five have committed to the SEC, and the development of each should determine much about the next few years within the conference.
Georgia currently has 16 hard commitments and ranks sixth in the 247Sports team rankings for the Class of 2014. Park and blue-chip running backs Sony Michel and Nick Chubb will be expected to develop quickly and usher in the next generation of high-powered offenses in Athens.
Could they be the next Aaron Murray-Todd Gurley-Keith Marshall? Only time will tell.