LAKE STEVENS, Wa. - After more than 2 weeks of worrying by Georgia football fans, Jacob Eason made the announcement that they’ve waited for.
At his high school in Lake Stevens, Washington, Tuesday morning, Eason told an audience, “I will honor my commitment and play football at the University of Georgia.”
The 5-Star quarterback, considered by many the top pro-style high school quarterback in the country, reaffirmed his commitment despite a coaching chance and a last minute push by rival Florida.
Eason has been committed to Georgia since the summer of 2014, but the departure of Mark Richt as UGA’S head football coach caused the teenager to look at a rival school.
Shortly after he was introduced as Georgia’s new coach last week, Kirby Smart flew to Washington to meet with the Eason family.
This past weekend, Eason joined several other major recruits in Athens for a UGA recruiting event.
In the past 2 weeks, Eason visited the Florida campus in Gainesville and met at his home with Florida coaches.
Dawgs247 recruiting analyst Rusty Mansell has called Eason’s signing critical for Georgia’s recruiting classes for at least the next 3 years.
The announcement came as Eason was named the Gatorade National Football Player of the Year Tuesday.
Seattle Seahawks star Bobby Wagner surprised Eason at his high school with the award.
Eason earned the national honor by completing 235 of 338 passes for 3,585 yards and 43 touchdowns with just 6 interceptions this past season, leading the Vikings (12-1) to the Washington Class 4 semifinals.
He is ranked as the nation’s No. 16 recruit in the ESPN 300, and been selected to play in the 2016 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
Eason will enroll at Georgia in January.