Eason is a polished high school passer who has the ability to start as a true freshman, especially at a school with quarterback struggles such as Florida’s. The Gators also could have potentially early enrolled three quarterbacks for the spring with Eason, providing an immediate jolt of talent.
With Eason not coming, Florida is still upgrading its depth and personnel at the position with the additions of Feleipe Franks and Kyle Trask, two 6-foot-6 signal callers who fit the ideal mold of a Jim McElwain quarterback.
Franks, a top-100 overall and consensus four-star recruit, was an Elite 11 finalist along with Eason. Franks led his team to the state championship last Friday and told SEC Country after the game he’s “going there to start” when he enrolls at Florida next month.
While Franks needs more development than Eason, he’ll undoubtedly have the opportunity to play right away with Treon Harris’ regression in 2015 and Will Grier unavailable until the seventh game of the 2016 season as he completes his year-long suspension.
The other candidates to become the starter are transfer Luke Del Rio and Trask, who is a midyear recruit as well. Regardless of who wins the job, QB help is on the way for Florida even without Eason.