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Stratford quarterback and 4-star Georgia recruit has a hidden artistic talent

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Stratford Knights quarterback Jacob Park draws and paints for a hobby. Stratford Knights quarterback Jacob Park draws and paints for a hobby.
Drawing of rapper Lil Wayne. Drawing of rapper Lil Wayne.
Drawing of former Stratford teammate. Drawing of former Stratford teammate.
Painting of an apple. Painting of an apple.
Drawing of a South Carolina football player. Drawing of a South Carolina football player.

It's not everyday you find a football player that likes to draw in his free time, but Jacob Park, star quarterback at Stratford High School, shows that football and art can easily mix."I don't claim to be an artist, but I try to be," says Park.

Jacob started drawing at a young age. Artwork from his elementary school days decorate the walls of the Park household, and he has never stopped drawing since. He credits his uncle as his inspiration. "I always had a little interest in it, but as I get older and I hang out with my uncle more, who is a tattoo artist in Virginia, he gets my creativity going. When I leave there, I just keep drawing and drawing. I've seen him more and more lately so it just became a part of something I do."

Call it detox time for a four star recruit with big football dreams. "I like sitting down when I get home in a quiet room and just drawing a picture. It just clears my head and then I go back to my regular life."

One of the drawings Park has kept over the years may seem a little out of place for the University of Georgia verbal commit. It is a drawing of a USC football player, wearing the number 10, the same number Jacob wears at Stratford. He jokes, "I drew this when I thought I wanted to go to Carolina. which obviously didn't happen."

Jacob has as much pride in his artwork, as he has confidence on the football field. It all stems from the same place within. "It's just about being confident in who you are. That is what my Dad has always taught me, to be who you want to be. Don't try to be anybody."

The advice has done Jacob well. His confidence and skills on the field have helped lead the Stratford Knights to a 4-0 start where he has already thrown for over 1,200 yards.

Football is obviously his first love, and he plans to play for as long as possible, but in the meantime no is going to naysay this quarterback for his downtime hobby. "I am confident in who I am. If you don't like me, you don't like me. If you do, you do. That's just how I have always been."

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