From Stratford to Georgia: QB Jacob Park explains his decision - WCBD-TV: News, Weather, and Sports for Charleston, SC

From Stratford to Georgia: QB Jacob Park explains his decision

Posted: Updated:

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."

  • North Charleston man sentenced to 24 years for burglaries

    North Charleston man sentenced to 24 years for burglaries

    Thursday, April 24 2014 5:24 PM EDT2014-04-24 21:24:15 GMT
    On April 22, 2014, a Charleston County jury found 35 year old Shawndell Q. McClenton guilty two counts of First Degree Burglary and one count of Breaking and Entering a Motor Vehicle.
    On April 22, 2014, a Charleston County jury found 35 year old Shawndell Q. McClenton guilty two counts of First Degree Burglary and one count of Breaking and Entering a Motor Vehicle.
  • Police chase ends in crash, ends in shots fired

    Police chase ends in crash, ends in shots fired

    Thursday, April 24 2014 4:55 PM EDT2014-04-24 20:55:19 GMT
    Police search for Wal-Mart robbery suspectPolice search for Wal-Mart robbery suspect
    Around 2 a.m. Thursday, a police chase began on I-26 at Ashley Phosphate Road.The chase ended when the stolen vehicle crashed on Hwy 78 at University Blvd across from Wanamaker Park.
    Around 2 a.m. Thursday, a police chase began on I-26 at Ashley Phosphate Road.The chase ended when the stolen vehicle crashed on Hwy 78 at University Blvd across from Wanamaker Park.
  • 2 Your Health Raising a child with diabetes

    2 Your Health Raising a child with diabetes

    2 Your Health Raising a child with diabetes

    Thursday, April 24 2014 4:55 PM EDT2014-04-24 20:55:08 GMT
    "You have juvenile diabetes." Not something you hear every day and not something you ever want your child to hear.
    "You have juvenile diabetes." Not something you hear every day and not something you ever want your child to hear.
Powered by WorldNow

210 W. Coleman Blvd.
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

Telephone: 843.216.4875
Fax: 843.881.3410
Email: news@wcbd.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.