UGA appears to be aggressively pursuing quarterback prospects behind Jacob Eason.
On Saturday, the Bulldogs made an early scholarship offer to Emory Jones, who just finished his sophomore season at Heard County High School.
“It was exciting to get the offer,” Jones told DawgNation via text message. “I was shocked, but I love the new coaching staff here.”
UGA coach Kirby Smart also gave the young quarterback the ultimate compliment. “Kirby said he wanted more of a Deshaun Watson-type quarterback, and he sees that in me,” Jones said.
Watson is the Heisman finalist who led Clemson to the national championship game.
For UGA, it was the second offer this week made to an underclassman quarterback from the Georgia high school ranks. The Bulldogs are also actively pursuing Davis Mills, a junior quarterback from Greater Atlanta Christian. Mills fits the mold of a pro-style quarterback. UGA offered Mills on Tuesday, and it may be playing catch-up to Stanford and Michigan, among others.
Meanwhile, Jones is a 6-foot-4, 190-pounder who is considered one of the state’s top dual-threat quarterbacks, despite being only a sophomore. UGA is his third early offer, following Georgia Southern and Mississippi State. Jones offers a different skill set than other UGA quarterbacks currently on the roster with his ability to run.
It could be a challenge for UGA to recruit quarterbacks behind Eason, the five-star signee from Lake Stevens, Wash. Eason enrolled early in classes with the Bulldogs last month, and will likely contend for playing time immediately. He is UGA’s most celebrated QB recruit since Matt Stafford.
UGA had already lost one quarterback recruit behind Eason. McEachern High School (Ga.) junior Bailey Hockman backed off his early pledge to the Bulldogs after committing last summer. UGA has a much better chance of landing an elite 2018 quarterback, such as Jones, with two years between that recruit and the celebrated Eason.
Really like this dual-threat QB in 2018 class that UGA offered today. pic.twitter.com/3is97at39B
— Rusty Mansell (@Mansell247) February 27, 2016