Eason eyeing situation at Georgia
Five-star quarterback and Georgia commit Jacob Eason made some noise this week by officially visiting Florida following the departure of Mark Richt, who was formally introduced as the new head coach at Miami on Friday.
A pledge that once seemed unbreakable now has raised real concern in Athens, as the Gators made their pitch and the Hurricanes look like they could draw a closer look, too.
Eason, who has already signed midyear enrollment paperwork with Georgia, is lining up his options, according Seattle-based personal trainer Lavelle Durant.
Landed in Gainsville looking forward to checking out the swamp 🐊— Jacob Eason (@skinnyqb10) December 2, 2015
"Jacob would like to see who they fill in that O.C. spot at Georgia and I think his family will be sitting down (to discuss) who is in that office now, how they feel about it and how he felt about other trips he might have taken by that time," Durant told Rivals.com. "I don't think it will be stretched out over too much time. Most kids have until February to sign, but he's an early enrollee so he has a lot less time. He's also got the U.S. All-American Bowl coming up, so I would believe this will all unravel sooner rather than later.
"If he's not comfortable with whatever happens at Georgia, he can say he did take trips and he doesn't have to panic if something happens. That's what he's going through with the officials."
Durant reiterated that a visit to Miami "is not out of the question" now that Richt has officially been introduced as head coach. But Durant, who is also a part of QB Flight School, did have his hesitations about whether the Canes would be a fit for Eason.
"With Jack Allison coming in the same class and already having Brad Kaaya, a young quarterback who would have two years of eligibility remaining to start next season, I can't imagine Miami being high on Jacob's priority list," Durant said. "The situation isn't as bleak (for Richt) as it was when he was at Georgia because now he has two young guns. … But Jacob has such a strong bond with Richt, that obviously it's not out of the question."
Washington and Washington State made contact earlier in the week, and California and UCLA have been expressing a lot of interest too, Durant said.
"He's trying to find a safe No. 2 just in case something more catastrophic happens at Georgia, he's trying to find another place that he could feel comfortable calling home away from home," Durant said. "Obviously he doesn't have a lot of time left for that anyway with him being an early enrollee, but he's just trying to figure it out and protect himself."
Eason, the No. 1-rated pro-style quarterback in the 2016 class, passed for 3,585 yards and 43 touchdowns in 13 games this season, earning the Gatorade State Player of the Year Award.