SEATTLE -- Former Lake Stevens quarterback Jacob Eason, who was named Gatorade's high school player of the year during his senior season, has officially joined the Washington Huskies, the school announced Tuesday.
The move has been rumored since Eason announced he was transferring from Georgia last month. He will be required to sit out the 2018 season due to NCAA transfer rules and will have two years of eligibility remaining starting in 2019.
Following an offseason competition with true freshman Jake Fromm last year, Eason lost the Bulldogs' starting job after suffering a knee injury in the opening game. The 6-foot-5, 235-pound Eason started 12 of 13 games during his true freshman year in 2016, leading UGA to an 8-5 record while completing 204 of 370 pass attempts for 2,430 yards, 16 touchdowns and eight interceptions.
After being knocked out of the Bulldogs' season-opening win over Appalachian State with a knee injury, Eason was not able to take the job back from Fromm, who led UGA to a 13-2 record, an SEC championship and a College Football Playoff berth. That set the stage for Eason's departure.
Eason will battle with 2018 freshmen Jacob Sirmon and Colson Yankoff -- both top 100 players in the country, according to 247 Sports -- to replace record-setting quarterback Jake Browning in 2019.
Eason originally chose Georgia over Washington, Florida, Notre Dame and dozens of other scholarship offers.
During his senior season, he completed 235 of 338 pass attempts for 3,585 yards and 43 touchdowns against just six interceptions this season while leading Lake Stevens to the semifinals of the 4A state tournament. He ended his high school career with 9,813 passing yards and 102 passing touchdowns.
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