Jacob Eason and Ben Cleveland started their friendship by rooming together at the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge
Presented by Under Armour this summer in Baltimore.
It continued in a big way Saturday when, during time with the
Georgia coaching staff, the two 2016 standouts announced their commitments to the Bulldogs.
Eason, a standout quarterback from Lake Stevens, Wash., has taken unofficial visits all over the country this summer
but he and his family felt like Georgia was the perfect fit.
"You go to all these different places and he's talked to all these players at the places he's visited and they all tell him you'll know in your gut, you'll know when it feels right,"
Eason's father, Tony, said. "They all say the same thing to him and I could tell right when we got on campus he was feeling good about it.
"He came here to throw and we got the whole tour just like we do everywhere else and everything felt so right to him. The people, obviously the facilities are great. From start to finish it was just a great experience."
Eason, who is in the running for top 2016 quarterback honors, really hit it off with coach
Together, they reviewed some film of former Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford to offer comparisons.
It all went over so well and Eason, unexpectedly, made his commitment. That's the thing, Tony Eason said. There was no plan to pledge this early but everything fell right into place and the decision was happily made.
"Bobo sat him down and showed him film of Stafford when he was young, what he was doing and how Jacob compares to him," Tony Eason said. "I just think ultimately that's Jacob's dream, just like any kid, to play in the league someday. When you look at what they did with Stafford, he was the first pick in the draft.
"He came out of this system and it just felt like such a good fit offensively for him and his skill set. They have a track record of producing quarterbacks. With his size and everything, we felt this isn't their first rodeo. They're a great group of guys and Jacob really likes Richt and Bobo and they're very personable. Jacob had a long talk with both of them and Jacob felt he could go in the office and chat about whatever.
"We didn't come down here thinking we were going to commit. We just wanted to come down and check it out but at the end of the day he felt this is where I want to go so why wait? Why wait two or three months? This is a great fit. Why even mess around and let somebody else get the spot?"
Adam Gorney is a West Region football recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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