The “night of perfection” for UGA 5-star quarterback commit Jacob Eason started off just like any other Friday night.
He kissed his mom on his way out the door. That’s a must. He’s seen two beloved grandfathers pass away and says a prayer to both of them during the flag salute. Those are his rituals.
The senior from Lake Stevens High three time zones away in Washington completed 13 of his 13 passes on Friday night with three touchdowns in a 42-7 win. It was Eason at his zenith.
“I’ve never been perfect before but that’s one of the things I strive to do and tonight I guess I did good,” Eason said. “I give the credit to my receivers, my O-line and my defense for getting the ball back. I couldn’t have done it without them.”
That was a career first even though he couldn’t find a rhythm with his receivers in warm-ups Then all the Vikings started clicking. His receivers, his blocking and even the 5-star arm under center. The AJC even captured video of his 272-yard effort.
Eason’s goal for his senior season is simple.
“I want to stay healthy through the whole year so I can go where I need to go afterwards,” he said.
He’ll enroll at UGA in January after he plays in the Army All-American Bowl in Texas. Eason said he keeps up with the Bulldogs three times zones away from his phone. He’s got multiple notifications set up on his Twitter account.
“They keep up with me really,” he said. “It’s a big fan base down there. It’s awesome.”
He concluded his post-game interview with something that will make UGA fans smile just as much as a perfect passing night.
“Good win for the team tonight and Go Dawgs,” he said.
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.