Mr. Football in South Carolina headed to Georgia (again)

semerson@macon.comDecember 14, 2013 

ATHENS - Georgia is now on a mini-run in the Palmetto State.

Quarterback Jacob Park was named Mr. Football in South Carolina on Saturday, making it two straight years that honor has gone to a player committed to Georgia.

Last year it was Tramel Terry, a receiver at Goose Creek High School, which is in the same lowcountry area of South Carolina as Stratford High School, where Park plays.

Park is planning to enroll at Georgia for the spring semester. As of now he is the only early enrollee expected, Georgia head coach Mark Richt said on Saturday. And because Park has signed a financial aid agreement, Richt is allowed by NCAA rules to comment on what kind of quarterback he's getting.

"Jacob is an interesting guy," Richt said. "He's about 6-4, he's probably about 190. He moves really well. I don't know if you'd sit there and put an entire arsenal of QB runs (in for Park). But he's a good athlete, he can run, he can move. Throws the ball extremely well.

"He's a very strong competitor. He certainly could have looked at our roster and decided not to come. But he believed in himself, and has a lot of ability. It's gonna be interesting to see what he can do, and him coming in at mid-year is obviously gonna be an advantage to start figuring out how things work around here. I think he's gonna be a good one."

There is little chance of Park playing next year, because he will be the fifth scholarship quarterback.

Terry, meanwhile, is waiting to be healthy enough to see his first action. A dynamic talent who could play tailback as well as receiver, Terry tore his ACL in the opening kickoff of last year's Shrine Bowl. Initially he hoped to be healthy enough to play in 2013, but it became evident in the preseason that his knee wasn't ready.

"He's really been fighting the clock as far as trying to get ready. So it's been tough for him," Richt said. "But we've got high expectations for Tramel. Very good athlete. Really smart kid, conscientious guy. Just a guy you know you can have a great future with."

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