There was a possibility that the star of UGA’s recruiting class might be a special visitor at Saturday’s showdown with Alabama.
However, Jacob Eason, the 5-star quarterback from Lake Stevens, Wash., couldn’t work out the logistics after CBS-TV claimed the UGA-Alabama game and scheduled it for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff. Eason simply couldn’t make it in time after playing for his high school team on Friday.
Nevertheless, Eason will still try to make it to UGA for a football game this season — and before his official visit with the Bulldogs at the Senior gala in December. His family wants to make it happen so he can have the UGA “game-day experience” before he plays for the Bulldogs next season.
When will that unofficial visit to UGA happen?
“I was planning on going to the Alabama game but it is not a night game,” Eason told the AJC’s DawgNation. “So I am going to switch it. I am thinking about maybe (UGA’s games against) Kentucky or Missouri but I am not sure yet.”
Last Friday night at Lake Stevens, Eason had an impressive 25-yard touchdown run, while also completing 12 of his 15 passes for 202 yards and four touchdowns.
Two weeks ago, the nation’s No. 2-rated quarterback had a perfect 14-for-14 night and unleashed another laser beam of a pass on Friday that covered 60 yards. That’s after letting a ball go some 65 yards on the fly last week.
Eason was impressed that a group of UGA alums from Savannah traveled all the way across the country to Washington to see his latest game.
“I think that’s awesome,” Eason told DawgNation.com. “It just shows the devotion the fans have for the game and for the prospects coming in there. It goes to show that Georgia is going to have the best fans and do the most to get the guys to come there with everything that they do. I think that was extreme dedication to come all the way out from Georgia to Washington and show some love.”
How good has Eason been so far this season? Well, he’s 55 of 76 for 1,025 yards, 10 touchdowns and zero interceptions. He’s had at least seven dropped passes, but still has a sterling 72-percent completion rate.
Here’s DawgNation.com’s exclusive video of his latest performance from Friday night:
Jeff Sentell covers UGA recruiting for AJC.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play Between the Hedges.