By LARRY VAUGHT
After saying for months that he would stay firmly committed to Kentucky, Florida quarterback Mac Jones flipped his commitment to Alabama Tuesday.
He was UK’s first commitment in the 2017 recruiting class and the highest ranked commitment.
“I would like to thank the University of Kentucky for recruiting me,” Jones posted on Twitter Tuesday night. “However, an opportunity of a lifetime has presented itself to my family and me. I am happy to say I will continue my football and academic career at The University of Alabama. I am 100% committed, Roll Tide!”
Earlier Tuesday Rivals.com elevated Jones to the No. 165 prospect in the 2017 recruiting class and No. 8 pro-style quarterback.
He got his offer from national champion Alabama after making an unofficial visit to UK in April and that news caused a bit of panic in the Bluegrass.
“I was telling people that not many people can say they got an offer from Alabama. That is a crazy accomplishment,” Jones told me then. “My family and I were very happy about that offer. You have got to evaluate everything. It’s about where you can play, be good and be comfortable there.”
Jones went on several radio shows in Kentucky to let UK fans know he was still fully committed to the Wildcats after the Alabama offer came. He even said a scholarship offer from Florida would not change his feeling about Kentucky.
He’s had not wavered in his commitment to UK despite numerous scholarship offers and had done all he could 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 recently. “I put Tyrell Ajian in the group chat and a week later he committed. I plan to keep doing that, too.”
Just not for Kentucky but that’s a risk that was more than worth taking for UK to just have a chance to land a player this good.