There were only 17 quarterbacks from the 2016 recruiting class at Sunday's Elite 11 Regional. ESPN NFL analyst Trent Dilfer, who leads the quarterback camps, admitted that he was more focused on the 2015 class prospects.
But one of the '16 recruits in attendance who turned heads was 5-star Jacob Eason of Lake Stevens, Washington. 247Sports Composite Rankings have the 6'5" prospect as the top pro-style quarterback in the country and the No. 5 player nationally for the entire class.
And it just so happened Eason traveled to Arlington on the tail end of a recruiting trip to Texas. Overall, he gave his trip to Austin an 8/10.
"I met some nice graduate assistants and nice coaches, and they gave me a tour around the school. I liked everything I saw," Eason said. "They're making improvements on the field—and it's already huge—so they're making it bigger."
"The people and vibe stood out," he continued. "Everyone has nice stuff, but at Texas, the people really stood out to me."
Eason is looking for the complete package in a school: Coaching, academics, whether the program puts quarterbacks in the NFL, prestige and so on. One thing he noticed in the state of Texas was the weight the Longhorn brand carried.
"Texas stands out," he said. "Everywhere I go down here, I'll see Longhorns stuff."
Eason hasn't received an offer from the Horns yet, but said he wasn't worried about that. He currently holds offers from Alabama, Colorado, Florida State, Georgia, Miami, Oregon State and Washington State.
Indeed, Eason is gaining attention all over the country. And he's not limiting himself to a specific time zone.
"Playing away from home wouldn't bother me," explained Eason. "If I have offers from across the country, I'm not going to restrict myself to the West Coast. I want to be able to enjoy my four years in college."
Eason could pick up more offers as early as this summer, as he plans to take several trips to the Southeastern part of the U.S. He'll also take trips to Michigan and Notre Dame. Eason's father, Tony, is a former Irish wide receiver.
Eason has good bloodlines and all the tools to be a successful college quarterback—and it shows. He has excellent arm strength and put the ball on a rope during downfield throws while making it look effortless. In a group of high school prospects, Eason already looked like a college athlete.
Eason admits that there are small things he still needs to work on, like footwork, mechanics and progressing through his reads. In that way, he was just like every other quarterback at the Elite 11 regional.
As long as he keeps refining his game, he'll be one of the most talked-about prospects at next year's Elite 11 regional.
Ben Kercheval is a lead writer for college football at Bleacher Report. All quotes obtained firsthand unless noted otherwise. All recruiting information courtesy of 247Sports.
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