Before Jacob Eason took the field for Lake Stevens (Wash.) High School last Friday, UGA offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer visited the 5-star quarterback commit at his home.
Per NCAA rules, Schottenheimer is allowed to visit Eason in his home because the UGA commit has already signed his financial aid agreement. That basically allows for the college to have “unlimited contact” with a recruit.
Schottenheimer and the Eason family chatted about life and the offensive coordinator’s coaching career. Tony Eason, Jacob’s father, said he thinks Jacob and Schottenheimer could be friends forever.
“I think their personalities are really alike. I think he’s going to be hard on him and teach him a lot, but I think they have a really good chance of being lifelong friends when it’s all said and done,” Tony said.
After the in-home visit, Eason had one of his best games of the season as Schottenheimer watched from the Lake Stevens sidelines. Eason completed 13 of 20 passes for 243 yards and five touchdowns. He also added a rushing touchdown in his high school’s 63-7 win.
Schottenheimer made the cross-country trip to Washington for Eason’s game then caught a red eye back to Georgia for his son’s football game at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Athens area. That dedication from the UGA coaching staff is something Jacob’s father is very appreciative of.
“It’s just really nice having that support and having him out here,” Tony said. “He’s genuinely excited about being a part of Jake’s life and helping him get to the next level. It means the world to me that Jake will have someone that is going to teach him what he needs to do to get to that next level. I think we found the right guy with Schotty.”
Eason will enroll at UGA in January, and many Bulldogs fans are expecting him to come in and start from day one. So what does Jacob’s father think about his son’s chances of playing early?
“You have to be honest and look at the opportunity, Tony said. “Jake is going to go down there and start at the bottom and claw his way to the top, but there’s a great opportunity for him at the quarterback position. He’s very excited about that. There are no guarantees. There are no givens, but he has a good opportunity to learn and like I said, start at the bottom of the totem pole and climb up.”