LEXINGTON, Ky. – What many Kentucky football fans have feared since four-star quarterback Mac Jones was offered a scholarship by Alabama came true Tuesday: Jones switched his pledge from the Wildcats to the Crimson Tide.
Jones, who has enjoyed a breakout summer with a stellar showing at several Rivals camps, announced the decision via Twitter after visiting Alabama Tuesday.
“I would like to thank the University of Kentucky for recruiting me, however, an opportunity of a lifetime has presented itself to my family and me,” Jones wrote in a note posted to his Twitter account. “I am happy to say I will continue my football and academic career at the University of Alabama. I am 100 percent committed, Roll Tide!”
Even after Alabama initially offered Jones a scholarship in April and former UK offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson, who had recruited Jones, was fired, Jones maintained his commitment to Kentucky.
“Obviously I’m committed and feel really solid right now, but if things change I’ve just got to make sure it’s the right fit,” Jones said in a phone interview with The Courier-Journal after the offer. “As of right now obviously I feel really comfortable.”
Apparently a second visit to Alabama’s campus this week was enough to change that decision.
Jones did not make the final 12-man cut after competing in the Elite 11 quarterback camp over the weekend, but he was ranked the No. 165 prospect in the class of 2017 by Rivals this week thanks in large part to his stellar summer.