When the news broke about Mark Richt’s ouster at UGA, the fathers of UGA’s two biggest recruits for the Class of 2016 reached out to one another via text message.

It was brief, but that was all the time the fathers of Ben Cleveland and Jacob Eason needed to convey what they were thinking. Derek Cleveland, the father of the 4-star offensive lineman, shared a synopsis of his conversation with Tony Eason, Jacob’s father, with DawgNation.

What does the Eason family think about the Richt news and UGA right now? Derek Cleveland filled in a few blanks.

“He is like us,” Cleveland told DawgNation. “Upset and concerned. But as of right now we are both taking a wait-and-see approach before we do or say anything. Ultimately it is still our son’s decisions to make.”

That’s where they will have to trust in the job they’ve done in raising their sons.

“Both of our boys are smart enough to know that they need to sit tight and see who steps into this role and what changes, if any, that person is going to make before reacting.”

There is a tight timeline on the horizon. Cleveland and Eason have already signed their financial aid papers and were planning to enroll early at UGA in January. They were scheduled for their official visits the weekend of UGA’s end-of-the-year football banquet on Dec. 11.

The new staff would have to be in place by that point in order to retain Cleveland and Eason, along with priority targets like Willie Allen, Derrick Brown, Mecole Hardman, Jr., Isaac Nauta and Demetris Robertson, among others.


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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.