Two for Tuesday? Florida Gators hope for recruiting haul in QB Jacob Eason, K Eddy Pineiro

By Adam Silverstein
December 15, 2015

Head coach Jim McElwain has brought renewed enthusiasm to the Florida Gators – both on the field and off it. And with the Gators finishing with a previously unthinkable 10-3 record and SEC East title in his first year at the helm of the program, Florida has major momentum on the recruiting circuit – so much so that it could land the Gators two coveted prospects who are set to make their respective decisions on Tuesday.

Florida got a slam dunk commitment when it earned a pledge from four-star quarterback Feleipe Franks (Crawfordville, FL) on Nov. 29, though that has not stopped the Gators from going after an even higher-rated signal caller in five-star Jacob Eason (Lake Stevens, WA).

Eason, the No. 4 player in the nation per the 247Sports Composite, is a Georgia commitment but has been wavering in his pledge, even more so following the departure of head coach Mark Richt. Eason visited Florida on Dec. 1 and saw McElwain pay him a visit in Washington on Dec. 10. Threaded between those trips was an in-home visit from new Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart and a final look at the UGA campus on Dec. 11.

At one time, it appeared as if Eason was actually leaning toward joining Franks on the Gators. (Franks, to his credit, said he is “not worried” about a potential freshman quarterback competition. Florida is in desperate need of a potential day-one starter with sophomore Treon Harris struggling so mightily in 2015 and redshirt freshman Will Grier unavailable until the seventh game of the 2016 season).

Whether McElwain’s pitch and connections to the state of Washington ultimately result in UF landing Eason remains to be seen, but it appears as if UGA has held on to its spot in the driver’s seat. That said, every recruiting analyst (covering a variety of services) who spoke with late Tuesday night was unable to give a confident prediction in Eason one way or another, referring to the situation as a true toss-up.

But while Eason is less than certain to link up with the Gators, it appears likely that Florida will land a commitment who may be an even greater need entering the 2016 season.

Junior college kicker Eddy Pineiro (North Miami Beach, FL), a long-time Alabama commitment and the near-consensus top-rated player at his position nationally, decommitted from the Crimson Tide on Monday less than 48 hours after taking his official visit to the program.

The Gators have been hot after Pineiro for quite some time, and with Florida being the only other team he’s visited over the last three months, UF appears to be in a tremendous spot to land his pledge.

Simply put, the Gators can offer an immediate starting job to the in-state prospect who is described by Kornblue Kicking as a guy who “might be the most explosive placekicker ever to have come through our camps.”

Tuesday will be an interesting day for Florida as it could legitimately result in triumph or near-disaster. The Gators having Franks committed would ease the sting of seeing Eason sticking with Georgia, but Florida landing Pineiro – and taking him from Alabama – would still be a huge victory. Yes, that is how badly the Gators need a kicker.


  1. TimHigg says:

    Any idea what time these two plan on informing the rest of the world of their plans?

  2. ga8or22 says:

    50% would make me happy. Eason I’m not sure wants the competition of Franks.

  3. G2 says:

    The fact that coach Mac is an offensive guy coupled with a weak hire as Ga OC may just be enough to sway him this way!

  4. g8ter27 says:

    I would take the kicker and Franks and land a couple of receivers and a linebacker and call it one of our best classes on paper in years. These guys will probably pan out better than some of the higher ranked classes we have had as well.

    • Michael Jones says:


    • ken (CA) says:

      Well, I hoped Eason would flip, doubt he was concerned about Franks, Franks is athletic but very inexperienced will require a lot more polishing than Eason would have to start on day 1.

      As far as receivers, Aside from the guys we have committed, Nate Craig-Myers, Eli Stove, Tre Nixon, Benjimin Victor are all having UF high or top of the list, and if Sam Bruce isn’t thrilled with new coaches at UM, may also join his best friend Jordan Scarlett. We have major WR studs all wanting to play for Mac and Nuss.

  5. johnnyappleseed says:

    It seems to be slam dunk that UF will get the kicker. Why else would he decommit from Alabama if not to choose his only other suitor, Florida? Eason staying at Georgia means Harris will continue to be UF’s quarterback. Del Rio is not even good enough to merit a scholarship from UF. That should be humongous hint to the fools that think he’s a better quarterback than Harris. After that, there may be two true freshman, if they come. It is probable that Harris is better than both of them because he has the experience they lack. Then there is the cheater, Grier, who won’t even be available until the last half of the season. Unless UF snags a transfer, Harris is, by any sane thinking, still UF’s best bet to be UF’s starter in the Fall. The only one’s who are saying differently are the fans, and we all know fans are idiots. Let me know when McElwain tells Harris he can’t play quarterback at UF, until that happens, quit denigrating UF’s starting quarterback who is as good, or better, than any quarterback in the SEC East.

  6. gatorforever says:

    i dont get the significance of tuesday in this equation

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