Starting for your high school football team as a sophomore is not a common accomplishment. Doing so at the quarterback position is even less common. Add being 6-foot-5 to the mix and we are looking at the 'extremely rare' category. Then wind up throwing for 2,900 yards and 23 touchdowns as a 10th-grader? At that point you have college coaches' undivided attention.
Such is the case with 2016 quarterback prospect Jacob Eason of Lake Stevens, Washington. He may be young but Eason his potential has netted him 14 college scholarship offers. One of those offers is from the University of Georgia.
"Georgia is high on my list," Eason said. "They're good people."
The Bulldogs' coaching staff is picky when it comes to offering quarterbacks. Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo made two cross-country trips to check out Eason in the spring. Bobo and head coach Mark Richt decided Eason fit the bill and they offered him a scholarship.
"I was excited," Eason said. "Georgia was the first [SEC school to offer]. It was Oregon State and Washington State and then Georgia jumped on me. The SEC is the biggest in college football. I was super excited to talk to Coach Richt. I was a little nervous. I had never talked to a coach that big before. It was awesome."
Talking with Richt is old hat now.
"We've developed that kind of relationship," Eason said. "I've talked to him many times and gotten to know a lot about him. They are a real cool staff. I am going to go down there this summer and check out what it is all about. I'd say they are the most comfortable talking with them because it's not all about football. The talk about their families, other sports and what is going on in my life. It's good conversation"
Eason also reached out to a former Georgia quarterback.
"I talked to [Aaron] Murray on the phone too," Eason said. "I was asking questions about Georgia. He said Athens is a great place to live; he didn't want to leave. They produce a lot of high quality quarterbacks. That is one of the other things I looked at in a college."
Speaking of looking, Eason plans to take in Athens and Tuscaloosa, Ala., sometime in the middle of July.
"I am going on a Georgia/Alabama road trip for 10 days," Eason said. "We'll fly down there and drive over to Alabama; three days at Georgia, three days at Alabama and three days of vacation with the family or something. Those are the top two in the south I am looking at."
One school that hasn't offered Eason yet is the nearby University of Washington. If the Huskies extend a scholarship offer, Eason admits there would be a lot of pressure on him and his family to accept. He isn't worried about any blowback if he decides to play in the South.
"It doesn't worry me," Eason said. "I heard that football is No. 1 down there and they treat all their players with respect whether they win or lose. I feel like being a quarterback would be good in that town."
While it is true that win or lose, the true fans support their teams, the fans can be dismissive of players that transfer or are dismissed. Eason is familiar with the recent issues Georgia has had in both of those areas and considers them to be stand alone incidents and not indicative of a trend.
"That's just how people are sometimes," Eason said. "You've got Jameis Winston at Florida State with the crab legs, and that is just what people do. Sometimes people make bad decisions and that is going to happen at every college no matter where you go. It doesn't worry me because I am not going to make those decisions. You have to be a leader as a quarterback."