1. QB Jacob Eason, from Georgia to Washington
The 2016 recruiting class of quarterbacks was just okay.
Shea Patterson was a strong get for Ole Miss, Malik Henry was supposed to be a thing for Florida State, and KJ Costello was a nice pickup for Stanford.
And there was Dwayne Haskins, a decent prospect with some upside somewhere down the road for Ohio State.
But the big, giant, massive signing was Jacob Eason by Georgia out of the Seattle area. He was set to go early in the process, kept his commitment when Kirby Smart took over for Mark Richt, and all of a sudden, the Bulldog program appeared ready to make that pivot into a true national title powerhouse.
All of the top Pac-12 schools wanted the NFL-looking passer, but he was a national prospect with everyone trying to get the main quarterback prospect in the class.
Okay right away, he completed 55% of his passes for 2,430 yards and 16 scores and eight picks, showing off a glimpse of the potential and upside to be special once he got a little more work.
Then came the 2017 recruiting class, and with it, five-star pro-style passing prospect Jake Fromm. All he did was come within a defensive stop of winning the national title as a true freshman – and Eason was relegated to the backup role.
Seeing what was ahead for the next few years, Eason transferred to Washington where he’d prep and get ready to take over the starting job once Jake Browning was done. Now it’s his turn.
He still has to work for the starting job with Colson Yankoff, Jacob Sirmon, and Jake Haener all good enough to push for the spot, but Eason is the star talent who should be ready to blow up.
The Huskies have to replace a ton on defense, but the receiving corps is going to be amazing, the line should be outstanding, and the quarterback situation is going to be fantastic.