Matt Stafford and the Detroit Lions will play in primetime this Sunday night against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos.
I bet I can name one guy who will definitely be watching, other than myself, of course.
UGA 5-star QB commit Jacob Eason will have his eyes glued on his television set Sunday at 8:30 p.m. Those are two of the quarterbacks Eason says he looks up to.
That nugget leads off our Wednesday recruiting rewind here at the AJC’s DawgNation.com
Here are today’s must-reads
1. Jacob Eason models his game after UGA legend
Matt Stafford is one of the greatest quarterbacks in UGA history, so it’s only fitting that the Bulldogs’ quarterback of the future, Jacob Eason, models his game after Stafford.
Eason, who is from Lake Stevens, Wash., told the AJC’s DawgNation.com why he thinks his game resembles Stafford’s in this interview here.
Stafford finished his UGA career with 7,731 passing yards and 51 touchdowns through the air, both good for fourth all-time in the UGA record books. He was chosen No. 1 overall in the 2009 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions.
Eason will enroll at UGA in January and is expected to compete for the starting quarterback job as soon as he gets to campus, just like what Stafford did back in 2006.
2. Army All-American DT addresses UGA recruiting rumors
Reports on Antwuan Jackson’s growing interest in UGA have swirled around him for the past couple of weeks.
However, the 4-star defensive tackle says UGA is still No. 3 on his list, which is where the Bulldogs were slotted when he released his top 10 in July.
Jackson, who is from Cedar Grove High School, still has Auburn and Ohio State at the top of his list.
The Army All-American told DawgNation that he will be releasing a top five or six shortly, and those schools are likely to receive his official visits.
In this video, Jackson says what UGA needs to do to leapfrog Auburn and Ohio State for the top spot.
3. Roquan Smith’s coach has another prospect UGA really wants
UGA never stopped recruiting Roquan Smith even after his National Signing Day debacle with UCLA. That’s how bad UGA wanted Smith.
Brunswick High School coach Larry Harold was Smith’s coach when he was a top recruit, and Harold has another star in the making on his team once again.
D’Antne Demery, a 4-star offensive tackle from Brunswick, is a wanted man in Athens. In this video, Demery says how he feels about UGA and explains what the school’s recruiting pitch has been toward him.
4. Alabama commit abruptly cancels UGA visit
Alabama commit Netori Johnson was supposed to visit UGA this past weekend for the South Carolina game, but he abruptly changed his mind.
Johnson, a 4-star offensive lineman from Cedar Grove High School, told the AJC’s DawgNation.com that the reason for the change of plans was because Georgia couldn’t be the first game he went to this season.
To me, it sounds like Alabama coaches contacted him when they found out he was going to visit Georgia and told him they had a problem with him going.
5. UGA continues to lead nation in playing freshmen
William Poole, a 5-star cornerback (according to Rivals’ rankings) from Hapeville Charter, has taken notice of UGA playing a lot of freshmen.
Poole told DawgNation that it was one of the things he noticed on his ‘amazing’ visit this past weekend for the South Carolina game.
“What made my visit most amazing was the fans,” Poole told the AJC’s DawgNation.com “I have never seen anything like it before. Dawg Nation was in full effect. All red, the chants — the whole stadium was packed. The fans, to me, played a big role in UGA’s victory. Other than that, like you mentioned in our previous interview, all of the freshmen that were playing, did a pretty good job at their specific positions. That caught my attention.”
Through three games, UGA leads the nation with playing 21 freshmen.
Several recruits have taken notice. That stat is going to help UGA out on the recruiting trail all the way to National Signing Day.