Alabama added the nation’s No. 2 dual-threat quarterback, Hawaiian star Tua Tagovailoa, to its 2017 recruiting class last month, and now, the Crimson Tide have a commitment from another top quarterback prospect.
Mac Jones, a four-star prospect from The Bolles School (Jacksonville, Fla.), told SEC Country he has flipped his commitment from Kentucky to Alabama. Jones had been committed to Kentucky since July 2015. Jones is currently on Alabama’s campus for a summer camp.
Nick Saban personally extended an offer to Jones back in April. The offer definitely made him rethink his commitment. He wrote on Twitter that he’s now 100 percent committed to Alabama.
“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. “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!”
Adding two quarterbacks in the Class of 2017 was always an option for Alabama, even after Tagovailoa committed. Getting two commitments from quarterbacks in this class is important for depth chart purposes not necessarily in 2017, but in 2018. It’s rare that a quarterback in the SEC plays as a true freshman, so let’s look at what the depth chart could look like in 2018.
David Cornwell: redshirt senior (pending NFL draft decision)
Blake Barnett: senior (pending NFL draft decision)
Jalen Hurts: junior
2017 commits: sophomore or redshirt freshman
2018 commit(s): true freshman
Adding Jones now alleviates depth chart concerns for Alabama.
Jones is rated as the nation’s No. 14 pro-style quarterback in the Class of 2017.
All rankings are provided by the 247Sports composite unless otherwise noted.
Chris Kirschner covers Alabama football recruiting for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play in Bryant-Denny.