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From Stratford to Georgia: QB Jacob Park explains his decision

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From Stratford High School to the University of Georgia, Jacob Park is all about the red and black. The quarterback committing to Georgia as his school of choice on Friday afternoon.

Park gave his first interview Monday since making his decision. He says it came down to Georgia and Alabama, and in the end UGA felt like home. "I talked to the coaches and sat down with my parents and my brother. It's somewhere my brother felt at home, my Mom felt like she could leave me there and I felt like it was somewhere I could live."

Georgia is actually pretty quarterback heavy, with 2013 recruit Brice Ramsey. But Park says he had to stop weighing his playing options, and consider other things when choosing. "I had to stop looking into that because every college has quarterbacks, they all have 6 or 7 quarterbacks on campus. I had to get that out of my head. I want to go to a school where I can be happy, not where I am going to have to play right off the bat. I want some competition so I can maximize what I can do."

Park is actually excited for the competition, and hopes it will push him to get better. "As a quarterback you have to think you can compete with anybody. I think I can compete with Aaron Murray this year if you want me to."

The Lowcountry native also fell hard for the Bulldog coaching staff, stressing how impressed he was by the consistency of quarterbacks coach, Mike Bobo. "What got me was he is the same guy. From when I committed, to when I was there, to talking to him on the phone."

"Coach Richt was the same way. They make you feel as comfortable as if you were talking to your Dad or your Grandfather. It was just real warming to talk to them."

Of course, Bulldog nation helped sway Park's mind as well. "I got a million tweets from a million Georgia fans. I just feel like I am a Bulldog."

Once on the Georgia campus, Park will recognize a familiar face. Former Goose Creek High School standout Tramel Terry is a 2013 recruit of the Dawgs. Park loves the fact that his former rival will now be a teammate. "When I saw him in high school, I always wanted to play with him. Him being a cross-town rival I got to see him play in person and he has done some pretty impressive things so I think me and him working together will be awesome."

"Going in, I got someone to ride home with," jokes Park.

Before he heads to Georgia, Park still has one final season with the Stratford Knights. His plans for the season? To gain weight, learn the offense inside and out, and bring home a State Championship title. "Anybody in high school football will tell you that they want a State Championship."

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