Mark Stoops’ coaching staff added their first 2017 recruit yesterday when they received a commitment from quarterback Mac Jones. While it is early in his career Jones made it clear that he feels that Kentucky is the best choice for him as a player.
“It’s like before you start dating,” Jones started. “You look at all the girls that could possibly be your girlfriend and choose the best one. I wanted Kentucky to be my girlfriend, so I made it happen.”
Jones also wants to focus on winning big with his high school program so he wanted to get recruiting out of the way.
“Also I want to focus on my high school team winning a state championship. It feels good to get recruiting over with earlier than expected,” Jones continued.
A running theme in the Stoops era is the family atmosphere and how recruits connect with one another and the coaching staff.
“My decision was fueled by my connection with Coach (Shannon) Dawson and Coach Stoops. I enjoy both of them as great people, but also as great coaches. That’s the coaching staff my family and I want me to play for.
“I also enjoy the renovations that are occurring on Commonwealth Stadium and the facilities. When I arrive in 2017 everything will be practically brand new. Academics is another big aspect in my choice. Kentucky offers a number of academic choices and majors. Also Coach Max Drisko gave the best campus tour I have ever been on,” Jones said.
What can Kentucky fans expect to see from future quarterback Mac Jones?
“I’m young and I will have more time to develop and perfect my craft,” he said. “I have natural throwing mechanics that apply easily to my game. I have a quick release and I’m decisive with the football which are two things that are hard to teach,” he finished.
Jones started off a recruiting class that now stands with four high level prospects; Freemont (OH.) wide receiver Russ Yeast, and Toledo (OH.) Central Catholic teammates Michael Warren and James Hudson.
All Wildcats will keep you updated on Mac Jones.