UGA commitment Jacob Eason turned 18 years old on Tuesday. The 5-star quarterback also had another reason to celebrate.
The U.S. Army All-American Bowl named him as one of 16 finalists for the 2016 U.S. Army Player of the Year Award.
It is given to the nation’s most outstanding senior high school football player. The six finalists will be announced in December. The U.S. Army Player of the Year will be named during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Awards on January 8, 2016 in San Antonio.
Want to know why Eason is up for such a prestigious honor? Check out the highlight video above from his latest game. DawgNation videographer Nate Gettleman has produced a lot of “A-game” highlights of Eason this fall.
This might be Eason (and Gettleman’s) finest work. Eason and his Lake Stevens (Wash.) Vikings faced their toughest opponent of the season but still improved to 11-0. The senior threw for 283 yards and three scores and did not throw an interception. He also ran for another touchdown.
This is the best showing for Lake Stevens in the state playoffs since 2011.
The intro to this week’s video alone should have everyone excited about what the 5-star quarterback can do once he joins the team in January.
UGA head coach Mark Richt also took a cross-country flight to see Eason on Sunday and the two had breakfast together.
Eason also received birthday wishes from one of UGA’s top targets for the Class of 2016. Archer 5-star receiver Kyle Davis could join Eason in Athens in January. Both plan to enroll early at the school of their choice.
— KD (@KDSZN) November 17, 2015
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.