Just as the Georgia Bulldogs watch one great quarterback leave Athens, they welcome in one of the best passers in the class of 2016. Five-star QB Jacob Eason confirmed his commitment to the Bulldogs on Twitter Saturday night:
The 247Sports' composite ranking lists Eason as the second-best pro-style quarterback and 14th-best recruit overall for 2016.
He was the second high-profile commitment for Georgia on Saturday, with 5-star offensive tackle Ben Cleveland—ranked 22nd overall on 247Sports' composite ranking—heading to Athens as well. Like Eason, Cleveland announced his decision on Twitter, too:
Feels great to officially be a Georgia bulldog! #CommittedTotheG— Big Country (@BenCleveland74) July 19, 2014
Rivals.com's Mike Farrell thinks those two prep stars could lead to one of the best seasons in Georgia football for some time:
QB Jacob Eason on the other hand was not as expected, that's an amazing 1-2 punch for 2016. Could be start of best year for #UGA in awhile.— Mike Farrell (@rivalsmike) July 20, 2014
Trying to think of two bigger commitments from a class away on same day, might not be one in recent memory. #UGA— Mike Farrell (@rivalsmike) July 20, 2014
Between the two, Bulldogs fans have reason to look forward to the future. Eason in particular will get the Georgia faithful salivating. Logan Booker of BulldawgIllustrated.com thinks that the Lake Stevens, Washington, native will be the most prepared quarterback to arrive in Athens since Matthew Stafford:
Jacob Eason will be the best pro-style quarterback in the 2016 class, and perhaps the best ready-QB since Matthew Stafford. #UGA— Logan Booker (@LoganBooker_BI) July 19, 2014
Eason has a fantastic arm and accuracy to match, which is the much more important asset between the two. Plenty of QBs before have had cannons but couldn't consistently get the ball on target. Although Eason will have a learning curve and make mistakes early on, once he figures it out, the sky's the limit.
Eason's also an underrated scrambler. While not the next coming of Johnny Manziel, he's able to read the pass rush and move around in the pocket in order to buy himself some more time.
Mark Richt's come under some fire recently for Georgia's stagnation in the SEC, but with players such as Eason and Cleveland coming through the pipeline, he should certainly have bought himself some more time on the sideline.