Georgia commit Jacob Eason leads the defending Wesco 4A champs
I spoke with Lake Stevens head football coach Tom Tri this last week about this season and what he expects from a team that won the Wesco 4A title last season.
For starters, here’s what the Vikings will have to replace this season:
Defensive lineman Evan Miksch – he’s now playing at Montana. He was an All-State selection last season as a D-lineman and also made All-League as an offensive tackle.
Tri on Miksch: “Great kid, great leader. We’re going to miss his presence for sure.”
Linebacker C.J. Lat – Tri said Lat will likely play at a JuCo this year to get his grades up, with hopes of playing at Central Washington down the road. A Second Team All-State pick last year, Lat set the Lake Stevens record for tackles in a game (26).
Running back Austin Otis — He made the All-league team last year and is now playing at Pacific Lutheran.
Wide receiver Gavin O’Neil – Also First-Team All-League.
Winning Wesco last year was a big step for Lake Stevens, and Tri pointed out that his team does now have a proverbial target on its back. But more than that, the Vikings have drawn attention on a national level thanks to quarterback Jacob Eason – the 6-foot-5, 210 pound junior recently committed to the University of Georgia.
It’s safe to say that Eason is a traditional pocket passer with a really strong arm and a quick release. In some ways, his physique reminds me of former Skyline quarterback Max Browne (who is now at USC).
Tri said he’s never seen hoopla like this around one of his players before, let alone someone who still has two full seasons of high school football left.
“He’s already received major national attention,” Tri said of Eason. “It’s a good problem to have but everybody and their mother is going to want a piece of Lake Stevens. We’re going to have to prepare and play like that.”
As a sophomore, Eason started every game for the Vikings and was a First Team All-Wesco 4A North selection. Naturally, he’ll adopt even more of a leadership role this season.
Eason took a trip last month to visit Alabama, Florida State, and Georgia. Everything about the Bulldogs seemed right to him, according to his coach.
“He just fell in love with Georgia,” Tri said. “The coaches, the campus, the environment.”
Tri gave me a few other names to keep an eye on this year:
Tevin Gray, 5-foot-10, 200. He plays safety and slot receiver. Tri mentioned that some WAC schools as well as Air Force are looking at Gray (who was a Second Team All-Wesco 4A North selection).
Kolby Jones, 6-foot-1, 225. He plays center on offense and linebacker on defense.
Andrew Cook, 6-foot-1, 220. Right tackle and defensive end. Second Team All-Wesco 4A North last season.
As is the case with all of the preview write-ups myself and Allison Thomasseau are putting up on the site, be sure to check back for more in-depth looks at each team once practice gets going on Wednesday (Aug. 20).