Eason will be the overwhelming favorite to succeed Jake Browning as the Huskies' starting quarterback in 2019.
Washington has made it official: Jacob Eason will be a Husky.
The former five-star quarterback recruit out of Lake Stevens High School is transferring from Georgia to UW, the school announced Tuesday afternoon.
Eason will be the overwhelming favorite to succeed Jake Browning as the Huskies’ starting quarterback in 2019.
The 6-foot-5 Eason will have to sit out the 2018 season under NCAA transfer rules. He will have two seasons of eligibility at UW after that.
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The Seattle Times first reported of Eason’s intention to transfer to UW last month.
The 2015 Gatorade national high school player of the year left Georgia after two seasons. He was the Bulldogs’ starter as a true freshman in 2016, throwing for 2,430 yards with 16 touchdowns and eight interceptions.
He won the starting job again going into the 2017 season but a knee injury in the season opener opened the door for true freshman Jake Fromm, who led Georgia to an SEC championship and a spot in the national championship game against Alabama.
Georgia has also signed quarterback Justin Fields, ranked by ESPN as the nation’s No. 1 overall player in the Class of 2018.
The Huskies recruited Eason out of Lake Stevens. In 2014, during coach Chris Petersen’s first spring at UW, Eason was a regular at Husky practices, throwing a football with friends on the Husky Stadium sideline while wearing Husky gear.
In 2019, Eason will have competition from some of UW’s touted young quarterbacks — notably, Jacob Sirmon and Colson Yankoff, two top-100 recruits who signed with the Huskies in December and enrolled in classes at UW last month.
The Huskies have two other quarterbacks currently on the roster — sophomore Daniel Bridge-Gadd and redshirt freshman Jake Haener — and they also have a commitment from 2019 four-star QB Dylan Morris out of Graham-Kapowsin High School.
No other quarterback on the roster has Eason’s experience at the college level, and no other quarterback has the physical talent Eason possesses. In particular, many have lauded Eason’s arm strength.
One of Eason’s teammates at Lake Stevens is Josh Rasmussen, a walk-on receiver for the Huskies.