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Alabama will have quarterback signee Mac Jones for spring practice

Legendary prep coach Corky Rogers on his Alabama-bound quarterback

Mac Jones was only recently revealed as one of four Alabama signees who will join 12 other signees who were enrolled at the beginning of the semester in January. Thus, 16 of the Alabama signing class will be taking part of spring practice.
Jones, a 6-2, 182-pound quarterback at the Bolles School in Jacksonville, Fla., is a rare early graduate of his high school, thus able to enter The University on Feb. 13 under the Spring Two Semester, also known as the MiniMester. Earlier it had been announced that tailback Brian Robinson, safety Xavier McKinney, and safety Daniel Wright would be February enrollees under this heretofore unknown program that Alabama Coach Nick Saban and his staff presumably uncovered.
Jones is a three-star and ranked the No. 28 quarterback in the nation by Scout.com. He joins Tua Tagovailoa, a January enrollee, as a quarterback in the 2017  Crimson Tide signing class. The early enrollment aspect of these men joining the program in time for spring practice is that the only other scholarshipped quarterback in Bama’s camp is returning starter sophomore Jalen Hurts (himself an early enrollee a year ago).
Jones played for legendary Florida prep coach Corky Rogers, who has been watching Jones “since he was about eight years old” playing Pop Warner ball with Rogers’s grandchildren.
“He’s been a good player, always had good ability,” Rogers said. “The most growth I’ve seen from him is his maturity level. He used to lose it a little bit. Now he’s keeping it together and he’s just a different person.
“I have a lot of respect for him, not just as a player, but for that growth in maturity.”
Jones is more than meets the eye, Rogers said. “When people look at him, he’s skinny, and maybe looks a little uncoordinated,” the coach said. “He’s gangly right now, but he’s getting there. His dad is a big man and Mac is going to end up being about 6-5. Right now he’s about 6-2 3/4 and 182 pounds.
“But he can make all the throws and he’s a lot faster than people think he is.
“He can read coverages well. He can throw it 60 yards. He can’t throw it 75, but of all those guys I’ve ever seen who can do that, only about two of them played anywhere because they can’t complete them.”
Rogers thinks that Alabama was a good decision for his quarterback.
“When you think about it, not many guys play early at Alabama at quarterback,” Rogers said. “It might be a great place for him where his body will mature and he’ll be well coached. I don’t think you get thrown to the wolves there.”
Rogers also understands Alabama discovering Jones. “Alabama gets an awful lot of good kids,” Rogers said. “I give Nick (Saban) and that group a lot of credit. They get a lot of attention with national championships, but they still have to evaluate.
“I have known Coach Saban a long time. He’s a very hard worker, very demanding of his coaches. There is no down time. When they are working, they are working, and I respect that.”


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