Georgia landed a pair of five-star recruits for the 2016 class on the night after Dawg Night as quarterback Jacob Eason and offensive tackle Ben Cleveland pledged their commitments to the Bulldogs via twitter.
— J_Eason10 (@skinnyqb10) July 19, 2014
Feels great to officially be a Georgia bulldog! #CommittedTotheG
— Big Country (@BenCleveland74) July 19, 2014
Eason (Lake Stevens, Wa. Lake Stevens Sr) is the nation’s No. 14 player overall, No. 2 pro-style quarterback and the No. 1 recruit in the state of Washington, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings. Cleveland (Toccoa, Ga. Stephens County) is the No. 22 player overall, No. 3 offensive tackle and the No. 2 recruit in the state of Georgia.
The 6-5, 205-pound Eason threw for 2,941 yards and 23 touchdowns last year as a sophomore and picked Georgia over offers from Notre Dame, Alabama, Florida State and Florida, among others.
Cleveland is a name familiar with Georgia fans as one of the top recruits in the state and a frequent visitor to Athens for unofficial visits the last couple years. The 6-7, 322-pound offensive tackle is built to compete in the SEC today and gives his in-state program a pair of headliners for the 2016 class that could rank among the best.
The pair are the first two commitments for the 2016 class that currently ranks as the No. 6 class in the nation and the No. 4 class in the SEC. With the two five-star recruits committing prior to their junior seasons, they will now turn to recruiting for Georgia and bring some of their fellow five-star recruits with them to Athens.