Eason coming to Georgia — now everybody take a breath

Jacob Eason reaffirmed his commitment to Georgia and coach Kirby Smart despite the firing of Mark Richt.  (Rob Saye / Special)

Jacob Eason reaffirmed his commitment to Georgia and coach Kirby Smart despite the firing of Mark Richt. (Rob Saye / Special)

There are two things we can be certain of after Jacob Eason, the reported walk-across-water recruit, reaffirmed Tuesday that he is going to play football for Georgia.

• New coach Kirby Smart did a good job selling himself and his vision for the future in Athens after the firing of coach Mark Richt.

• Absolutely nothing else.

Eason, a quarterback from Washington state, has been labeled The Next Great Thing by recruiting websites, which I go to great lengths to avoid because I find obsessing over the decisions of 17- and 18-year-olds to be a little creepy. Also, I have a life. But every major college program wanted Eason so that says something about the young man’s talent and potential.

Because of Georgia’s significant quarterback problems this season, Eason has a good chance to start as a true freshman. He will have two great running backs (Nick Chubb and Sony Michel) to hand off the ball to and likely a pretty good offensive line. But true freshmen quarterbacks, as a general rule, struggle out of the gate and expectations should be kept in check.

I also think that anybody who suggests Eason’s tenure will define the success or failure of Georgia football under Smart would be making a mistake. Smart and his coaching staff, including new offensive coordinator Jim Chaney and line coach Sam Pittman, will succeed or fail on their own. This is about a new start and direction for a program. It’s not about one player, one game, one season or one recruiting class.

Georgia has had tremendously talented rosters in the past and not won to the degree some people projected, just as they’ve achieved success in some games and seasons when there were deficiencies. Alabama doesn’t have a chance to play for another national championship because it has a great quarterback (it doesn’t). It wins because of everything surrounding the quarterback, primarily a structure, direction and identity that coach Nick Saban brought.

If the Bulldogs reach a level of success next season and beyond, it will because of Smart’s direction first and everything else (including Eason) second.

But this much we know: Eason is buying whatever Smart is selling.

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SaulK
SaulK

Eason + chubb + better Oline coach 


The dogs may have the best offense in the SEC next year!!

Buschleaguer
Buschleaguer

It appears that 350 packed up his trailer home and moved to Meeceegan.

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

@Buschleaguer  I thought only TO could display this much prison butt hurt but now we have a second big fraud school fan along with that idiot.

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

Great. Now we have little bucky, blue balls, and their granpa TO on here.

Big fraud conference well represented.

Take your butt hurt elsewhere!

MICH:IGAN
MICH:IGAN

What do OSU and U of M students have in common? They both got in to Ohio State

MICH:IGAN
MICH:IGAN

What do you call a good looking girl on the Ohio State University campus? A visitor

MICH:IGAN
MICH:IGAN

What do Buckeyes cheerleaders and Buckeyes quarterbacks have in common? They're always on their backs

MICH:IGAN
MICH:IGAN

Why are a tornado and a Ohio State Buckeyes divorce similar? You know someone is going to lose their trailer home

MICH:IGAN
MICH:IGAN

How do you neuter a Buckeyes fan? Kick his sister in the jaw

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

TO and little bucky are going to come after you blue balls. Better get your psycho coach to have your back. Ha!

MICH:IGAN
MICH:IGAN

A Michigan kid and an Ohio kid are in the third grade. Who is bigger? The Ohio kid of course. He's 16

MICH:IGAN
MICH:IGAN

Looks like you guys got a typical "OHIO" fan on here running his mouth. Doesn't surprise me. Cesspool of our conference and as we  always say "crap flows south".

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

Little bucky isnt a problem and we dont need anymore representation from the little ten! Go away!

TOJacket
TOJacket

@twelveofthirteen Hey professor.....top ten has 4-ACC, 3- Big10, 1- Big12, 1 Pac12.....and 1 big bad SEC team.....the only dominating SEC team.

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

You riding coattails old man? You were 3-9 and our score was UGA 13 - Nerds 7 in case you forgot. Happens to old people.

Buschleaguer
Buschleaguer

@TOJacket @twelveofthirteen 

Big bad Bammer may be the last team standing when the season ends.Good year overall for the ACC ,too bad the Jackets are not participating. Although I think CPJ gave out participation Cups at the Fish Fry.

OH:IO
OH:IO

@MICH:IGAN



Like the dogs in the SEC SEC LEAST!, you can try again next year too. 

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

Dear little bucky and blue balls. Take your butt hurt elsewhere!

MICH:IGAN
MICH:IGAN

How do you get from Ann Arbor to Columbus? Go south until you smell poop and east until you step in it

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

How many times have we beaten you at the joke in a row? Prob cant remember senile old man.

dawg fan
dawg fan

Since I don't waste precious minutes of my life on Facebook I'm going to post this here.  Would the AJC please shut the crap up about Kirby staying at Alabama for the playoffs?  This is the biggest non-story in the history or non-stories.  It is common, if not expected, for newly hired coaches in the middle of championship runs to stay with their current team until that run is over.  This happens all the time.  Did the AJC just start following college football two weeks ago?  Our own lord and savior Mark Richt did it before he came here.  It didn't "cripple" the program.  He rode Donnan's recruits all the way to an SEC championship the next year.  What a hot steaming pile of garbage that article is.  They take one little quote from Saban about how loyal Kirby is, which is actually a GOOD thing for UGA, and spin it out of control into something it's not.  I'm utterly shocked that the AJC would print such a piece of garbage.  Unbelievable.     

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

Ready for spring practice? Too bad we didnt

Suck as bad as tech and are actually playing a bowl game.

At least it isnt an 11am snoozer like little bucky and their fans have to show up to.

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

8-0 at the joke.

Basketball? Really? Who went to the tourney and who was the ACC bottom feeder?

Really? All you got?

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

Tourney? Oh wait that was us not you. Ha ha ha you suck again TO.

Keep riding your hero little bucky's coattails old man.