The Kentucky Wildcats are known for their basketball program, but their football program has been beginning to get more notice over the past couple of seasons as well. One of the big reasons why the football program has been getting more attention recently is due to the recruiting classes that they have been bringing on board. They don’t get a lot of top prospects, but they get solid all-around players that fit well together.
One of the newest commitments that Kentucky received was from quarterback Mac Jones of the 2017 recruiting class. He is a three-star quarterback that is expected to develop into a very solid player over the next couple of years.
Jones stands in at 6-foot-2 and is currently ranked as the 24th overall pro-style quarterback in the 2017 class. He has also received an offer from East Carolina, but obviously decided to choose Kentucky instead. There is still a lot of time for him to continue improving his game, and the Wildcats love the upside that he possesses for the future.
There were quite a few reasons that Jones chose Kentucky, and he was happy to share those reasons.
“I based my decision on the coaching staff and the overall aspirations for the program. The renovations being done at CWS and the construction of new facilities were a huge selling point for me. I’m not positive what I want to study yet, so the variety of opportunities that UK offers are advantageous in further pursuing my academic career. I look forward to seeing what the future of the class of 2017 Wildcats holds.”
While he isn’t one of the most talked about prospects in the nation, Jones is more than happy to quickly explain his game. He also threw in a very intriguing comparison to Maryland quarterback Daxx Garman.
“I’m a pocket passer with solid feet and accuracy. My natural ability to throw the football is something that I take pride in. Daxx Garman and I throw very similarly, and we are both smooth operators and calm collected QB’s.”
Some concern about Jones’ size have been noted since he committed to UK, and he completely understands that he will have to bulk up his frame in order to get to where he needs to be. He has also been very vocal on social media trying to help the Wildcats land other recruits, and he talked about why he has been so aggressive in helping with recruiting.
“My goal as a leader is to create the strongest recruiting class possible. That is one reason why I wanted to commit first, so I could begin recruiting the best players possible for the 2017 class.”
Obviously he takes pride in his commitment to the Wildcats, and he has extremely high goals for the future both individually and as a team.
“I want our team to be the most dominant in the SEC, and with the direction the program is headed I believe it will be this year where Kentucky opens a lot of eyes. I just want to become a good team player and leader early on. If we have good chemistry early on we will be a very successful team.”
It will be very interesting to see what Jones is able to accomplish during his career with the Wildcats. He may never become a superstar, but he is certainly being a vocal leader as he tries to help Kentucky build something special. Expect to see him compete for the starting job fairly early on in his career, and to help continue the turnaround of Kentucky football.
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