Jacob Eason will keep his commitment to Georgia instead of flipping to Florida, the Washington five-star quarterback announced as part of a ceremony honoring him as Gatorade's choice as the nation's top high school player Tuesday morning.
Lake Stevens QB Jacob Eason announces he will play football for Georgia. Sticks by original commitment.— Stephen Cohen (@scohenPI) December 15, 2015
Eason was down to Florida and Georgia, and officially visted both schools in the last two weeks after Georgia's firing of former head coach Mark Richt, whom Eason committed to when committing to Georgia in July 2014.
Florida rolled out the red carpet for Eason, hosting him on a midweek official visit in the midst of its preparation for the SEC Championship Game, at a time when Georgia had no head coach hired.
But while the Gators came away from that visit with some confidence that Eason would opt to abandon the Dawgs, Georgia's ability to get him on campus to meet with Kirby Smart — who flew to visit Eason shortly after being named Georgia's head coach early last week — likely helped reinforce the importance of keeping his commitment to Eason.
Eason could have teamed with four-star passer Feleipe Franks and Texas signal-caller Kyle Trask to form one of the most formidable classes of quarterbacks in the history of Florida football. Instead, Franks and Trask will likely vie with Treon Harris, Luke Del Rio, and Will Grier to be the player who gets a chance to put down Eason's Bulldogs in Jacksonville for years to come.