By Connor Riley
Georgia beat Auburn 20-13 on Saturday. While the Bulldogs and their fans headed back to Athens, Georgia to celebrate the victory, Richt took a detour. He hopped on a plane to go visit Jacob Eason, a five-star quarterback commit, who is expected to enroll at UGA in January.
— Jacob Eason (@skinnyqb10) November 15, 2015
With rumors circulating about the stability of the Georgia coaching staff, Richt planned to fly out to visit Eason regardless of the Bulldogs’ result over Auburn. Because Richt left after the Auburn game, he didn’t have much time to get some sleep.
Normally Richt wouldn’t be allowed to have a face-to-face meeting with Eason due to NCAA recruiting rules. But since Eason has signed his scholarship papers, the NCAA allows for coaches and players to have unlimited contact with players who have done so.
When Eason tweeted out a picture of himself and Richt sitting down for breakfast, most Georgia fans were caught by surprise. But just a few hours earlier, Eason himself was caught off guard when Richt came into his room to wake him up. Eason had no idea Richt was coming to visit.
Eason is the highest-rated quarterback to sign with the Bulldogs since Matthew Stafford did so in 2005. Despite lofty recruiting hype, Richt isn’t expecting too much out of the high school senior.
Of course with Richt’s schedule being slightly thrown off, the head coach has yet to focus on this week’s opponent, Georgia Southern. The Bulldogs and Eagles are set to kick off at 7 p.m. on Saturday.