Georgia quarterback Jacob Eason is expected to transfer to the University of Washington, according to a report by the Seattle Times.
A native of Lake Stevens, Wash., Eason was considered the No. 1 quarterback recruit in the nation by several scouting services two years ago. The 6-foot-5 pro-style passer began the 2017 season as the Bulldogs’ starter, but suffered a sprained left knee ligament in the opener. True freshman Jake Fromm took over for Eason and never relinquished the job, leading Georgia to the national title game.
“Going to sit down with my family and figure that out,” Eason told The Seattle Times after Georgia’s 26-23 loss to Alabama on Monday night. “Right now, I’m just spending time with this team … and we’ll go from there.”
With Fromm likely entrenched as Georgia’s starter for at least two more years, Eason is strongly considering a transfer close to home. He would be forced to sit out the 2018 season due to NCAA transfer rules, but would be eligible to play in 2019, when the Huskies will need to replace current three-year starter Jake Browning.
The Huskies signed quarterback recruits Jacob Sirmon and Colson Yankoff last month, both of whom are considered top-100 recruits in the nation. UW also has Jake Haener and Daniel Bridge-Gadd on the current roster, along with four-star quarterback Dylan Morris committed to its 2019 recruiting class.
Eason would have two years of eligibility remaining, but told the Times that he has not yet spoken with the Huskies’ coaching staff.
“I have not. That’s illegal,” he said.
Eason was the 2015 Gatorade national player of the year at Lake Stevens High. He was a regular at Huskies practices during coach Chris Petersen’s first spring at Washington, but stuck with his long-standing commitment to Georgia.
Eason won the starting job as a true freshman, throwing for 2,430 yards with 16 touchdowns and eight interceptions in 2016. He recovered from his knee injury midseason in 2017, but remained the backup to Fromm. Eason finished the year completing 4 of 7 passes for 28 yards, but appeared in six games and is not eligible for a medical redshirt season.
“It was a learning year, for sure,” Eason told the Times. “I learned from it and I think ultimately it was a good year to have under my belt, something that will help me out in the future. Something to look back on whenever I’m in doubt or I’ve got some problems. It was a learning year and I’m glad — proud as hell of Jake and this team for what they did and what they accomplished. It was a great season.”
–Field Level Media