Good morning, DawgNation! Jeff Sentell of DawgNation and The AJC spoke with the father of 5-star quarterback Jacob Eason and wrote a great piece yesterday that should help answer many of the questions UGA fans have about Eason’s recruitment.
I mention this story because the nation’s No. 2 quarterback prospect is a popular talking point when fans discuss the future of UGA and coach Mark Richt. One side believes that parting ways with Richt would cause Eason, the most highly-rated passer to come to UGA since Matthew Stafford, to look elsewhere. Others argue that one recruit should not keep a program from parting ways with a coach who has failed to meet expectations.
Both sides have valid points, but I don’t want to get into that argument. Instead, I want to talk about Eason’s role in this. As one of the nation’s top players, he will have to deal with expectations and his role as a public figure. But playing quarterback in the SEC is a tough enough task without being asked to become the savior of a program as a freshman.
Eason will have success at UGA, but there will be a learning curve and confidence is a tricky thing. The 5-star prospect may deliver on the high expectations fans have for him, but patience will go a long way in helping him do that.
4-star WR includes UGA in Top 3
UGA has made the receiver position a priority for this year’s class and is targeting some of the nation’s top prospects at the position. There are at least 2-3 other receivers that UGA has prioritized ahead of Gavin. Also, bear in mind that UGA already has commitments from four receivers for the 2016 class.
It is late in the process, but if Gavin is interested in UGA, the coaching staff may give the 6-foot-3, 211-pounder, who just received his Under Armour All-American jersey, another look.
— All-America Game (@AllAmericaGame) November 4, 2015
The end may be in sight for DB commit
3-star cornerback Malek Young committed to UGA earlier this year, but that hasn’t stopped him from taking official visits to other schools. His upcoming visit to Auburn, however, could be his last, according to Rivals.com’s Rob Cassidy.
While he is only a 3-star, many feel that Young plays at a much higher level than indicated. A couple of weeks ago, Young explained to SEC Country the reason behind taking a couple of extra visits to a pair of the nation’s top programs.
“I’m committed to Georgia, but I just want to visit other schools to see if I’m making the right choice,” Young said.
This late in the recruitment process, Cassidy feels it may be difficult for a new school to lure him away, but that UGA may not want to rest easy just yet.
Jacob Eason shouldn’t influence Mark Richt decision
As stated earlier, Eason, the nation’s No. 2 quarterback prospect, is often used as an argument for why UGA should not cut ties with coach Richt. Jeff Schultz of DawgNation and the AJC weighed in on that debate.
Schultz states that one recruit should not be the deciding factor in whether a program keeps its coach or not. The reason why Eason is such an important prospect, however, isn’t just his ability on the field, but also his substantial role in the entire recruiting class.
Top OL target close to naming his final official visit
Terrence Davis, the nation’s No. 1 offensive guard for 2016, may be close to choosing his final official visit, according to Rivals.com’s Adam Friedman. Davis has lined up four official visits, including one to UGA, which he will take on Dec. 11.
The 6-foot-4, 305-pound prospect attended UGA’s Dawg Night this summer and is teammate’s with 5-star running back Anthony McFarland, Jr., who is a top priority for the 2017 class. Landing a player like Davis could help create another strong offensive line at UGA, but would also help its chances with McFarland.
It was recently revealed UGA hasn’t been recruiting the state of Georgia’s No. 1 running back for 2017 much lately, and McFarland may be part of the reason why.
Friedman believed UGA had a strong chance with Davis at one point, but that may no longer be the case.
LB commit shows his strength
4-star linebacker Jaleel Laguins had UGA fans sweating before he chose his hometown school over Auburn in the summer, but now he’s the one doing the sweating.
Fans will want to watch the 6-foot-2, 213-pounder, who is the state of Georgia’s No. 20 overall prospect, in this year’s U.S. Army All-American Bowl to see if he is actually as strong on the field as he is in the weight room.
The UGA commit posted a video to his Twitter account recently, which shows Laguins squatting 500 pounds. That is some serious weight-room accomplishment.
?? 500? pic.twitter.com/9hdx84zS8C
— Jaleel Laguins (@Leel_DaGreat) November 2, 2015
William McFadden covers UGA recruiting for DawgNation and is an SEC multimedia reporter for SECCountry. Give him a follow on Twitter for sports news and opinions you probably won’t agree with.