ATHENS ― What was reported a month ago is now official: Jacob Eason is transferring from Georgia to Washington.
Washington announced the news through its social media accounts on Tuesday afternoon, on the eve of National Signing Day.
“Welcome home,” said the message, which Eason retweeted, and included a minute-long video.
Now the moment everyones been waiting for…
— UW FB Recruiting (@PurpleReign_UW) February 6, 2018
Eason will have to sit out the 2018 season, per NCAA transfer rules, then will have two years of eligibility.
“Good to be home!” Eason himself tweeted on Tuesday afternoon.
A 5-star prospect in the 2016 class, Eason came to Georgia from Lake Stevens, Wash., and was considered the future of a Bulldogs offense that needed a lift. The offense did get going and nearly won a national championship ― but with someone else at quarterback.
Eason was Georgia’s starting quarterback to begin the 2017 season after starting the Bulldogs’ final 12 games of 2016. But then Eason sustained a left-leg injury in the first quarter of the season opener and never got his starting job back.
Jake Fromm led the team so well that when Eason was cleared to return, there was no question Fromm would hold on to the starting job. Fromm led the team to the SEC championship, a Rose Bowl victory and within a play of a win in the National Championship Game.
Eason, watching from the sideline, handled the situation well, by all accounts, with coach Kirby Smart praising Eason for his patience and teamwork. Eason announced shortly after the season ended that he would transfer.
The Seattle Times, citing sources, reported after the National Championship Game that Eason was likely to transfer to Washington.
Georgia signed Justin Fields, another 5-star prospect, who has enrolled early and will be one of two scholarship quarterbacks on the roster this season, barring a late addition.