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Irish offer legacy QB Jacob Eason

Jun 2, 2014, 3:31 PM EDT

With Notre Dame already set in the 2015 recruiting class with Blake Barnett, the Irish coaching staff has begun making offers to rising juniors in the 2016 cycle. One of those is to Irish legacy Jacob Eason, the son of former Notre Dame wide receiver Tony Eason.

Notre Dame is hardly alone chasing this Seattle area prospect. At 6-foot-5, 205 pounds, Eason has offers from Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Texas and a handful of other top programs already.

He’s being recruited by new quarterback coach Matt LaFleur, and Irish Illustrated’s Pete Sampson caught up with the elder Eason, who gave a nice insight into the thought process behind his son’s recruitment.

“Matt (LaFleur’s) side of it was that Jacob is in a unique spot because he’s the only pro-style guy they’re going after,” Tony Eason told Irish Illustrated. “Matt’s got a big NFL background and from that standpoint really likes Jacob. You look at everything Tommy Rees did, Jacob obviously fits that mold but is bigger and has a stronger arm, the whole nine yards. I think it comes down to coach Kelly and what direction they want to go in.”

It’ll be interesting to see how the Irish coaching staff decides to recruit quarterbacks going forward. After Gunner Kiel’s decision to transfer, it appears that this staff has focused on dual-threat prospects, with a depth chart of Everett Golson, Malik Zaire, DeShone Kizer and soon Barnett.

Eason clearly has skills that this staff appreciates (and ranked as the No. 1 QB in 2016, they are hardly alone), and Notre Dame offered other pro-style QBs in the 2015 cycle before landing Barnett. While Kelly has shown with quarterbacks like Tony Pike that his offense can thrive, it’s an interesting wrinkle as the staff moves forward with life post-Tommy Rees.

Of course, just because his father played receiver for Notre Dame doesn’t mean Eason is heading to South Bend. But as the Irish do more and more work on the current recruiting cycle, getting out in front and evaluation the next fleet of players remains a priority.

  1. mmanor01 - Jun 2, 2014 at 3:48 PM

    Not doubting the kids arm or skill, but I don’t like to move away from the dual threat style QB. Also, not encouraging to hear comparisons to Tommy.

  2. domerboyirish - Jun 2, 2014 at 4:05 PM

    I don’t think we have to stick strictly to the ‘dual threat’ tag provided that the recruit has good mobility. We simply can’t afford to have a statue back there. If the kid can provide enough elusiveness then we’ll be fine. I don’t see Kelly ever running a true spread option here anyway.

  3. bernhtp - Jun 2, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    Pro-style vs. dual-threat isn’t a binary classification , just a tendency on a continuum. Eason is purportedly very athletic with good speed and elusiveness. My sense is that he’s less dual-threat than Cam Newton but more than Brady Quinn.

    • domerboyirish - Jun 2, 2014 at 4:25 PM

      Well put Bern.

    • dickasman - Jun 2, 2014 at 11:05 PM

      I used to be called a dual threat back in the day when I had the keen ability to snort cocaine w both nostrils at the same time.

      Nothing wrong w duel threat. Pro style either as long as he don’t got no Rees iron feet.

    • irishdog80 - Jun 2, 2014 at 11:28 PM

      Given the growing interest at the NFL level in QBs that can move and are comfortable in both pro and spread sets, Eason would benefit from a coach like Kelly that is flexible and would likely mix both pro and spread formations for Eason.

  4. onward2victory - Jun 2, 2014 at 4:49 PM

    What if the kid is the next Peyton Manning (who is a statue btw), is that better in college than a Cam Newton, RGIII, Manziel, Winston, etc? I’m not sure but it seems that dual threat is still the way to go. However if it’s true that the kid has more athleticism than Quinn then it’s a no brainier to take him.

    • domerboyirish - Jun 2, 2014 at 5:28 PM

      Peyton Manning is a statue, and he was a great college player, but the college game has changed. Mobility has become the name of the game and every year more and more team look to spread out the field and try and use their speed. Peyton would still be a successful college QB today because he is smart and hard working but those guys are few and far between

  5. fnc111 - Jun 2, 2014 at 5:05 PM

    A kid like this would be smart to go to a coaching staff with a history of sending pro-style QB’s to the NFL. That’s not Kelly and company. I expect Eason to stay on the west coast.

    • sfnd - Jun 2, 2014 at 6:04 PM

      In that scenario, Irish tears will be shed when he heads to Troy.

      • idratherbeinsouthbend - Jun 2, 2014 at 10:38 PM

        History says that QB’s from Troy only want to be hall of famous…rather than hall of famers.

        If your goal is to be a highly drafted QB, you go to a mid major or a lower tiered school in a BCS conference with a solid core of returning starters and a guarantee to play for a 3 years….Then you go put up impressive numbers at a combine and collect your signing bonus in June (cause that the Draft will be by then).

        You certainly DON’T go to a team that has the ability to win a NC every year……if you’re goal is to drafted. Just sayin’…

  6. domerboyirish - Jun 2, 2014 at 5:31 PM

    If this kid were to attend ND, we would have a nice line of QB’s,, which is critical to the success of the position. It would be nice to keep this going and get one guy every year. “Accept our offer soon as we are taking one and only one. Snooze and you loose.” That’s a nice precedent to set.

    All we need then to for Kelly to figure out how to manage their egos and keep them in the fold. That’s something I’m still waiting to see.

  7. shaunodame - Jun 3, 2014 at 5:49 PM

    I agree with Bern– all this stuff about Dual-Threat vs Pocket Passer is largely overblown most of the time. Sure, each has its strengths and weaknesses but at the end of the day it’s all about the guy who can move the chains the best and score the most TDs with the given players around them. THAT guy, regardless of perceived style, will be the guy Kelly shapes his offense to fit.

  8. tlndma - Jun 3, 2014 at 6:25 PM

    Barnett at Oregon the last two days. Many expecting him to flip.

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