It’s never easy for a program like Kentucky to compete with SEC powerhouses such as Alabama, LSU or Georgia on the recruiting trail.
That point was made clear after four-star quarterback prospect Mac Jones flipped from Kentucky to Alabama on Tuesday evening. The Bolles School (Jacksonville, Fla.) product had been committed to the Wildcats since 2015.
Following the news, Kentucky’s co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Darin Hinshaw tweeted out a quote attributed to James E. Faust.
“In this life, we have to make many choices,” the message read. “Some are very important choices. Some are not. Many of our choices are between good and evil. The choices we make, however, determine to a large extent our happiness or our unhappiness, because we have to live with the consequences of our choices.”
UPDATE: Jones tweeted out a since-deleted post soon after Hinshaw’s tweet began drawing a lot of attention on social media.
He wasn’t the only person associated with the program to react to the news on social media, although he may have been the most diplomatic about it. Kentucky defensive tackle Matt Elam was a little more forthright with his feelings.
Either You Are With Us, Or You're Against Us. Simple As That !! #BBN
— Matt Elam™6⃣9⃣ (@FballIsLife69) June 8, 2016
For Kentucky, it is undoubtedly hard losing a prospect like Jones. Time will tell how Jones’ choice will affect the destiny of both programs.