Thomas Graham’s scouting report on Jacob Eason dates back to high school.
The Oregon cornerback matched up against Washington’s quarterback during a 7-on-7 national tournament in Las Vegas. Graham recalled his Ground Zero team took a 13-0 lead over Ford Sports Performance before hanging on for a one-point victory.
“He came back and settled his offense down and started making throws,” Graham said following practice Wednesday as the 12th-ranked Ducks (5-1, 3-0) prepare to visit No. 25 Washington (5-2, 2-2) Saturday at 12:30 p.m. “He was threading the needle and I was like ‘Wow, this is what the No. 1 QB in the country looks like’.”
Eason was the Gatorade and USA Today national player of the year as a senior at Lake Stevens (Wash.) High School in 2015. He was ranked as the top quarterback prospect in the nation by Rivals and a consensus Top-15 overall recruit.
“He showed at that time why he was the No. 1 quarterback in the country in high school and now he’s showing why he’s projected to go in the first round,” Graham said. “He’s 6-6 and can probably throw the ball out of the stadium if he wanted to. He can put a zip on it and do a lot of things that most quarterbacks can’t do. He’s similar to (Justin) Herbert. There are certain throws that Herbert can make and I know he can make too because they are so talented.”
Oregon defensive coordinator Andy Avalos also saw Eason in high school when he attended recruiting events while working at Boise State.
“He was one of the top recruits in the nation coming out of the Northwest,” Avalos said. “Extremely tall and long. I think he runs well and it shows on film that he is able to extend plays with his feet. He’s got a cannon and he’ll put it in there. He can throw from the hash to the far sideline however deep it needs to be.”
Eason signed with Georgia and earned the starting spot as a freshman, but was injured in the opener of his sophomore season and lost the job to Jake Fromm. He transferred after the season and sat out last year before following Jake Browning as the quarterback at Washington as a junior.
Eason has completed 66.0% of his passes for 1,692 yards and 13 touchdowns with three interceptions this season. His top receiver, senior Aaron Fuller, ranks third in the Pac-12 with 40 catches for 558 yards and five touchdowns.
“He can run all the routes and has good speed,” Avalos said of Fuller. “He’s not just a vertical route guy. He can get in and out of breaks and works well underneath. Obviously, he can take it off the top so you have got to cover everything.”