Now that Jacob Eason has committed, errr… re-committed to UGA, the most ludicrous process in college football will begin. Eason’s recruitment is over and the process once described by UGA defensive line coach Tracy Rocker as “de-recruiting” will start. What will this involve?
This process will no doubt include an effort by UGA’s new coaching staff to silence a lot of the hype surrounding Eason and an attempt to manage the expectations that come with being a 5-star quarterback.
Bulldogs coaches shouldn’t even bother wasting their time.
Eason is hyped for a reason and the expectations that surround him are justifiable. It cannot be overstated how valuable Eason is to UGA’s new head coach Kirby Smart and his offensive coordinator Jim Chaney.
This isn’t true because Eason is a “can’t miss” prospect. History has proven there’s no such thing. The attention Eason is receiving is more about how much UGA needs him to be good than it is a guarantee that he’ll actually be as good as advertised.
Therefore, UGA should embrace this self-evident truth: The program’s only chance of succeeding in 2016 is for Eason to step in and play well right away. It’s almost impossible to imagine UGA overtaking Florida in the SEC East with any of the quarterbacks from this year’s team as next season’s starter. So then why delay the inevitable?
Since Eason is going to enroll at UGA in January and be on the field for Spring practice, Smart should go ahead and treat Eason as the starting quarterback, or as it’s known in the football world “QB1.”
If Eason is as good as analysts have suggested he could be then no time should be wasted in making him the leader of the offense, and if Eason’s talents and abilities have somehow been exaggerated, it’s probably best to find that out as quickly as possible too.