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5-Star Jacob Eason's Quarterback Coach: "I Would Be Leaning Heavily On Florida"

Jacob Eason has been a Georgia commit since July 2014, and has since played his junior and senior seasons and cemented his status as one of the nation's top quarterbacks. The firing of Mark Richt has throw what seemed like a firm commitment for a loop, and with time running out, Florida has entered the picture as a major contender for the Washington native's services. Eason took an official visit to Gainesville this weekend, and some, including his personal quarterback coach Lavelle Durant, thinks the Gators may be the favorite right now. He spoke with about how the visit went:

“It definitely left a really good, positive impression on him,” Durant said. “He liked it a lot, it’s definitely giving him something to think about. He’s doing a lot of thinking and he talked about how well they treated him there and how the vibe he got there was unbelievable. He said everyone there was behind him and he enjoyed his time there big time.”

Durant says that if he was the player, he would probably go ahead with the flip to Florida.

“If I was in Jacob’s shoes, I would be leaning heavily on Florida,” Durant said. “They have such good history with quarterbacks, plus they have McElwain and Nussmeier on the same team. That’s awesome right there, plus the quarterback competition is wide open as we can all see. That’s what I see but whatever decision Jacob makes, I’ll stand behind him.”

After taking the job at Miami, Richt hinted that he may get involved in Eason's recruitment. According to Durant, the biggest hurdle there may be the signal caller that Richt is inheriting: Brad Kaaya:

“Jacob hasn’t mentioned anything about visiting Miami. Yes, he had a good relationship with Coach Richt, but Miami already has Brad Kaaya that is going to be a junior and has a great career,” Durant said. “They also have Jack Allison committed already and he’s somebody that Jacob is really close to and they’re in the same class. I’m not going to say that’s out of the question for Jacob to take a visit there but I don’t believe it’s high on his priority [list] right now. Those are my words and not Jacob’s, but that’s the vibe I get from him.”

Of course, Florida also has a quarterback that has had some success early on in Will Grier, though he will likely miss the beginning of next season due to suspension. Georgia's quarterback situation is the most open of the three schools, but it is totally understandable that Eason wants to know more about the Bulldogs' offense moving forward. With Eason planning to enroll in January, this recruitment is going to heat up big time in the next few weeks.