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Eason Takes In UW Practice
Baseball is a big consideration for Eason right now, and could also factor into his eventual college decision. Much like Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, Eason's first love is football but baseball comes a close second. He is Lake Stevens' starting third baseman, hitting two home runs this past week, and also comes in for some long relief - rocking his fastball in the high 80's.
"It might hit 90," added Eason. "Baseball is my second favorite (sport). It's definitely part of the college thing, looking for a school that has good football and good baseball too, if I decide to do both. I'll let the coaches figure that out, but it's definitely one of my options."
But back to Eason's primary love - football. By checking out all three of Washington's practices he was able to get a reasonable gauge as to how things work when he signs a letter of intent and what to expect during a typical college practice situation.
"I felt like it was important to see the coaching style at a place that might be an option for me in the future, to go check it out and see if it's a place I want to go and compare it to some other schools," Eason said. "It was a nice to meet all the coaches and see all that."
Anything stand out for Eason upon first inspection? "I noticed the tempo of practice was nice," he said. "It looked like the coaches were giving the guys a lot of attention. Each guy was learning from the coaching and it looked like a real fun environment and a good place to be. I follow the quarterbacks around to see what they are doing and I could see myself doing the same stuff. If I went there the offense would probably change to a lot more downfield passing than it is right now. But I could see myself in those situations."
What about the kind of quarterback Chris Petersen and Jonathan Smith recruit to UW? Does Eason see himself as a quarterback that could fit in Washington's offense? "The types of quarterbacks they have changes," he said. "I know last year they had an offense set for Keith Price and now they have more set for Troy Williams and Jeff Lindquist.
Eason wasn't there just to watch; he was taking some mental notes too. "When the quarterbacks warm up they do their drops and their progressions and they do drills that I can take with me back to Lake Stevens," he said. "I can learn a lot from them."
Josh Rasmussen and Hunter Eckstrom were two other Vikings that joined Eason during his unofficial visits to practice. Both receivers, Eckstrom is an up-and-coming 2017 talent that recruitniks should be watching for, while Rasmussen claims a special connection to Washington. His father is Rich Rasmussen, the current Washington Director of Player Personnel. Josh has only been at Lake Stevens for a little over a month, but he's already made a strong connection with Eason.
"He's become one of my good friends," Eason said of Rasmussen. "We hang out a lot and do the weight room. He's going to be a big part of our offense this year. I don't know if he plays defense yet, but he'll definitely contribute to our team."
When baseball is over, Eason will hit the camp circuit in earnest. "I'm going to the Elite 11 in Dallas on May 4th and then starting every week I'll be hitting a couple of camps here and there," he said. "A couple of coaches are coming up to see me throw and we'll go from there."
Any expectations when he heads down to the Lone Star State? "I'm hoping to go down there and do good," Eason said. "I'm excited to see all these kids that I'm competing against at a national level besides just Washington, so hopefully I can go out there and open some eyes and allow people to see me and see what I can do and get some more good looks."
The in-person evaluation process begins for colleges starting Tuesday, and some schools have already told Eason to be ready when they come to Lake Stevens to see him. "We're not for sure on a lot yet, but I know that I've talked to Georgia a lot and Florida State and Texas," he said. "Those are some schools…Oklahoma recently, Oklahoma State…(Washington State) Cougars and U-Dub too, Tennessee."
With standing scholarship offers from Washington State and Oregon State, Eason is hoping this round of evaluations will yield some more rides, this time from schools like Georgia, Florida State and Oklahoma. Getting a 2016 scholarship offer from the program that just produced a Heisman Trophy winner isn't lost on the in-state product.
"That would be awesome," Eason said of the opportunity to earn a scholarship offer from Florida State. "They just offered a 2016 quarterback out of California (K.J. Costello), so I'm hoping they might check out my film and do the same for me. If not, I'm just going to have to prove it, prove my skills during my junior season.
"I'm definitely happy with what I have right now but in a couple of months I'm hoping to get a couple more offers and them seeing me in person. Hopefully we'll get more."
As far as Washington goes, they are taking their time with Eason. If the young signal-caller is frustrated or anxious about knowing his fate as far as the Huskies and a possible scholarship offer go, he's not letting on.
"It's just a process," Eason said, matter-of-factly. "With U-Dub they have new coaches and they have to have time to settle in and check out the film and maybe come up and see me throw and do all that. I just have to let the schools go through their process. It's not really frustrating to me, because I know if I have a good junior year it'll happen."
And time will tell whether or not Washington's recent baseball resurgence will play a part in Eason's eventual college decision. "I know they are doing really good," Eason said. "I was hoping to go to the Stanford-UW game (Sunday) and check it out, but I have schoolwork. I heard U-Dub is doing really good this year."
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