Five-star QB Jacob Eason, long committed to Georgia, is visiting the UW campus on Wednesday.
Jacob Eason is back on the UW campus, this time in an official capacity.
Eason, the five-star senior quarterback from Lake Stevens High, was a regular at Washington practices in the spring of 2014, throwing a football with friends on the Husky Stadium sideline while wearing a Husky T-shirt. On Wednesday, he returned to UW to make his official recruiting visit, a source has confirmed, and Husky coaches are expected to make a strong pitch to keep the state player of the year home.
Eason’s recruitment had been largely quiet until two weeks ago, when Georgia fired longtime coach Mark Richt. That prompted Eason, who had been committed to play for the Bulldogs since July 2014, to reconsider his options.
Eason reportedly visited Florida last week and has hosted Washington State coach Mike Leach for an in-home visit.
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The general belief is that Eason will choose between Georgia and Florida, and he told the Georgia recruiting site DawgNation on Monday that he hopes to make a decision by next week. That site reported that new Georgia coach Kirby Smart, the Alabama defensive coordinator, flew out to Washington to visit Eason on Monday.
UW coaches, no doubt, will try to sell Eason on the idea of being part of what they see as an up-and-coming offense built around true freshman running back Myles Gaskin and freshmen tackles Trey Adams and Kaleb McGary.
One hurdle for Eason at UW would seem to be the presence of Jake Browning, who this season became the first true freshman to ever open a season as UW’s starting quarterback.
The Huskies also have a quarterback recruit, Daniel Bridge-Gadd, committed for the Class of 2016. UW coach Chris Petersen and tight ends coach Jordan Paopao made an in-home visit with Bridge-Gadd in Phoenix on Monday night.
The 6-foot-5 Eason was named Washington’s Gatorade player of the year after throwing for 3,737 yards and 44 touchdowns in leading Lake Stevens to the state semifinals this season.
In other recruiting news, Scout’s Greg Biggins reports that Javon McKinley, one of the West Coast’s top-rated wide receivers, has narrowed his finalists to UW, Oregon and Notre Dame. The Huskies have made the wide receiver position a priority in this class.