Stratford High School quarterback Jacob Park verbally committed to play for Georgia late Friday afternoon.
Park, who will be a senior next season for the Knights, picked the Bulldogs over Alabama. Park visited both schools this week.
“It was a very difficult decision for Jacob,” said Stratford head coach Ray Stackley. “He kept going back and forth between Alabama and Georgia. They both did a great job recruiting him, but I think he just liked a few more things about Georgia. He has a real good relationship with (Georgia head coach) Mark Richt. He talked with both schools several times this week.”
Park also had offers from Auburn, Tennessee, North Carolina, N.C. State, Ole Miss, Virginia Tech, Florida State, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State and West Virginia.
Former Goose Creek High standout Tramel Terry, who signed with Georgia in February, said he couldn’t be happier to have his formal rival as a future teammate. Terry will be a freshman wide receiver for the Bulldogs this fall.
“I know how good Jacob is,” Terry said. “I’ve seen up close what he can do on a football field. Jacob and I have been friends for a while.”
Terry said the two spoke during Park’s recent visit to the Athens, Ga., campus.
“He told me he was thinking about coming here,” Terry said. “I told him that I thought this was the right place for him. I’m glad he listened to me. I can’t wait to start working out with him. I know I’ve got a partner back in Charleston when I go home.”
Terry, who suffered a knee injury during last year’s Shrine Bowl, said his recovery is going well.
“When people ask, I always say, ‘what knee?’”
“I’m running routes. I’m doing seven-on-seven stuff. I’m going to be ready to play when the season starts.”
The 6-4, 210-pound Park has thrown for more than 3,700 yards and 35 touchdowns over the past two seasons.
Park is rated as the nation’s No. 9 pro style quarterback and the 195th best prospect overall in the country by Rivals.com. He is also the fifth-ranked prospect in state of South Carolina.