By LARRY VAUGHT
Shannon Dawson spent only one year as Kentucky’s offensive coordinator, but he could have a major impact on UK football for several years.
Florida junior quarterback Mac Jones verbally committed to UK before last season in large part because of Dawson, who is now the offensive coordinator at Southern Mississippi. Dawson had first noticed Jones’ potential when he was coaching at West Virginia.
Now Jones has blown up to a four-star recruit. He was named MVP of the Rivals Quarterback Challenge Camp in Baltimore recently and continues to pile up scholarship offers.
“He saw me my freshman year. Then when he moved up to the SEC, he still reached out to me,” Jones said. “To me, that meant he wanted me to be his quarterback. He knew I had the heart to play, but he was one of the few it did not bother that I was little and did not slow him down from giving me a scholarship offer. He did that just a few months after he got to Kentucky. I respect him for making the rest of the Kentucky staff see in me what he had seen in me.”
He’s not wavered in his commitment to UK despite the scholarship offers and has done all he can to help bring more players to Kentucky.
“I have been talking to recruits and putting them in a group chat on Twitter. Who we want to commit we put in that group chat and try to convince them to commit,” Jones said. “I put Tyrell Ajian in the group chat and a week later he committed. I plan to keep doing that, too.”