When you’re part of a recruiting class that includes two of the nation’s top running backs, it’s easy to get overshadowed even if you’re considered one of top ten quarterback in the nation by almost all of the rating agencies. Now I know Jacob Park was might not have been necessarily overlooked, but did he receive the attention that he deserved when the class was finalized?
Park, who's listed at 6’4" and 210 lbs., was recruited by at least 15 of the top FBS schools. He received scholarship offers from at least ten of those schools including Alabama, Florida State, Auburn, Notre Dame, Virginia Tech, Oklahoma State, and Tennessee.
Now, Park was listed by most agencies as a non-dual threat quarterback, but if you watch his highlight reel you’ll see that he can move. He’s very fluid in the pocket and extends plays, but he can also break out of the pocket if needed. And the kid’s got some moves when he’s in the open field, his cuts are unbelievable, and he’s not afraid of contact. He can be seen dropping his shoulder and laying good hits on defenders. On top of that, it looks like Park’s 40-times are doing him an injustice, which varies by agency from 4.7 to 4.9.
He’s got a nice arm with a very smooth throwing motion that makes throwing the ball look effortless. Park also has an incredible ability to throw a solid pass while on the move. The only downside I saw in his tapes was he threw across his body to the other side of the field, and while it worked in High School, those type of passes could get him into trouble against SEC defenses. That habit should be fairly easy to break with time, and maybe a few picks.
One thing’s for sure, Park has the potential to become the next great quarterback at Georgia, but he’s going to have to work for it. He’s going to have to beat out Faton Bauta (RSo) and Brice Ramsey (RFr) to get his shot, since both of them have a lot of eligibility remaining.
Park does possess the talent to beat them. Last year proved that as he threw for 3,380 yards and 33 touchdowns, participated in ESPN’s Elite 11 Camp, and was named Mr. Football in South Carolina. So there's only one question that remains -- Does he have the work ethic?