Georgia commit Jacob Eason, a five-star quarterback prospect, is heading toward an official visit at the University of Florida and is scheduled to arrive Tuesday night, according to 247Sports and other reports.
What happens with Eason is among the key questions for Georgia following the end of coach Mark Richt’s tenure. Eason has already signed a financial aid agreement with Georgia and intended to enroll there in early January after he played in the U.S. Army All-American Game. Eason has been committed for more than a year.
Eason’s recruiting is “in a holding pattern,” his coach at Lake Stevens (Wash.), Tom Tri, told The Seattle Times. Tri confirmed that Washington State coach Mike Leach stopped by the school Monday to talk to Eason and the sides arranged a home visit.
Eason is ranked as the No. 2 pro-style QB in the Class of 2016.
“He wants to see who Georgia hires before he makes any decision and then kind of go from there,” Tri told the Times. “But we don’t have any idea when a replacement will be named … If it takes a long time, which it may, Jacob’s going to probably explore another place or two. I think he’s still committed as of right now, but if he doesn’t know what’s going to happen, he’s got to pursue other options.”
Tri said the other schools on Eason’s original short list were Washington, UCLA, Alabama, Michigan and Stanford.
Florida is an interesting option in that former LSU commit Feleipe Franks from Wakulla High in Florida committed Sunday night to the Gators.
According to The Macon Telegraph, Richt said he talked to Eason on Sunday night.
“I said, ‘Be patient. See who the next guy is. You might get really excited about that, and the rest of the guys might get really excited about that. I’m not saying don’t check out other options, but don’t jump the gun. You chose Georgia for a reason, and it was more than just me or (offensive coordinator Brian) Schottenheimer,’” Richt told the Telegraph.