For Florida players and coaches, it might be difficult to line up against Georgia QB Jacob Eason on Oct. 29.

Following Georgia’s decision to part ways with Mark Richt, the Gators saw an opportunity to go after Eason, the top quarterback prospect of the 2016 class.

On the SEC coaches weekly teleconference, UF coach Jim McElwain looked back on recruiting Eason.

“We tried to jump in there late when there might have been a crack, not sure how big of a crack there was,” McElwain said. “But it had to do with relationships back in Seattle. I’ve been up there (the Pacific Northwest) about 15 years. I do know this – that guy is special talent. He knows the game. I enjoyed the time I spent with him and his family. He’s a special player.”

Eason visited the Gators during their prep for the SEC Championship Game and observed practice. While Florida could obviously sell its need for a quarterback, Eason chose to remain loyal to his Georgia pledge, impressed by Kirby Smart and his decision to hire offensive coordinator Jim Chaney.