In the days leading up to the U.S. Army All-America Game, USA TODAY High School Sports will be checking in with a number of players for their accounts of the events and activities in San Antonio. This entry is from Georgia signee Jacob Eason, the nation’s No. 1 quarterback from Lake Stevens, Wash. Eason is an early enrollee who will head directly to Georgia from San Antonio after his final high school appearance. How he plays could determine whether he keeps the top spot against Shea Patterson from IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.). Eason from Washington state is playing for the West; Patterson, an Ole Miss commit from Mississippi, is playing for the East.
Eason also arrived in San Antonio with a new look, sporting what he termed his spring and summer haircut, although he says he will go back to the “shaggy” look for the season.
Eason, the American Family Insurance ALL-USA Offensive Player of the Year and the Gatorade National Player of the Year, is a finalist for the U.S. Army Player of the Year award to be given out Friday.
It was great coming out on the field with all these guys with so much talent. The defensive line has so much speed. It’s all really a new experience, not necessarily like a high school practice.
I don’t really consider this as my last high school game. I look at it as another step in the right direction. For me, my last high school game was last high school game with my teammates in December. I look at this as a pre-college game and something to help get ready for college. I want to go out there and get some experience under my belt.
Leaving high school wasn’t really a graduation so to speak. It was more saying goodbye to my friends. It’s a small town. Everybody knows everybody in Lake Stevens. One of my goals is to come down here and make everybody proud. I want to be able to go home and give back to my town. It is exciting and sad to be moving on with my life.
We play Saturday and I fly out Sunday and school starts Monday. I’m going right from San Antonio to Georgia.
Being set for college has taken a lot of stress off. You know where you’re going and you don’t get asked questions about being recruited. It was a little bit of a rough patch there after Coach Richt was gone, but I had a lot of faith in UGA and I’m glad to be going there.
I want to have fun with the guys, recruit some of them and get to know more of them overall. There’s a lot of guys I’ve been talking to: Demetris Robertson, Mecole Hardman, Isaac Nauta and some of the guys who are already coming to Georgia.
I’ve spent a lot of time with the other Georgia recruits already and it’s always good to spend time with guys with the same future as I have. Ben Cleveland is my roommate here and he’s going to be my roommate in college.
I look at the recruiting rankings and think it’s cool. Shea’s a great guy and just being part of this game is a great experience. In the long run, it doesn’t mater (who’s No. 1). It’s about having a great career and all these guys having great careers. All the quarterbacks are good friends and good people and playing the game we love.