In the end, firing Mark Richt didn't cost the University of Georgia its top recruit. Five-star quarterback Jacob Eason announced Tuesday that he remains committed to the Bulldogs, concluding a whirlwind reopening of his recruitment.
Eason was said to be reconsidering Georgia once the Bulldogs fired Richt after 15 seasons. He scheduled an official visit with Florida and opinion soon began to fracture about where he was headed. 247Sports' Crystal Ball projections also gave Notre Dame, Alabama, Washington and Stanford a chance at landing the Lake Stevens, Washington, product.
Reopening his commitment ran contrary to what Eason said publicly before Richt was fired, when he indicated he'd stay with Georgia regardless.
"I just think just stick with it," Eason said, per Jeff Sentell of Dawg Central. "If you really want to go there then it will be the place no matter what happens. There is going to be some adversity wherever you go. Just stick with it."
Still, Eason's waffling caused some concerned for Georgia. Eason is 247Sports' fourth-ranked player overall and its top-rated quarterback, just ahead of Shea Patterson, so far. A natural pocket passer with good arm strength and accuracy, Eason threw for 102 touchdowns against 18 interceptions during his high school career, including a 43-6 ratio in 2015.
"He's just extremely unique," Lavelle Durant told Bleacher Report's Damon Sayles of Eason. "He has really good mechanics and a cannon for an arm, but the thing about it—he gets it. He understands what he has to do to be a playmaker."
The Bulldogs are getting a player some expect to step in right away and start. Eason has made vast improvements to his game over his three years as a high school starter, and he appears to be ready from a physical standpoint. He stands 6'5", weighs 217 pounds, uses his size to see over the offensive line and uses his long legs to drive the ball into tight spots.
Because he's not a scrambler, there aren't any real questions about his ability to handle pressure or make throws. Those are traits we already know he possesses. What remains to be seen is if Eason can adjust to the speed of major college football. That takes time and game reps to find out, but luckily, Georgia should give him plenty of opportunities.
The Bulldogs can rest easy knowing Eason didn't get away.