BRADENTON, Fla. — Top quarterback recruits tend to be unfriendly with other passers.
It’s the nature of the position, and also comes with the territory at camps and combines.
“Some quarterbacks don’t like competing against others or sharing the spotlight,” Florida commit Jake Allen said. “They get scared or intimidated by another guy. I’ve seen guys not get along very well.”
That doesn’t apply, however, to Allen and Alabama commit Mac Jones. The Sunshine State quarterbacks first met two years ago at the Elite 11 regional in Miami.
They’ve been friends since.
“We’re actually really close,” Jones said. “He’s probably the player I know best (in this class). He’s a really good kid. We have similar personalities so we bonded right way.”
They communicate regularly on Snapchat and Twitter, and hang out at every event they’re able to attend together. Allen and Jones recently competed in the Elite 11 Finals and the Rivals100 5-Star Challenge.
“He’s such a funny dude,” Allen said. “I love Mac. He and I get along really well. Some kids thinks he comes across as super cocky, but I love his personality. He and I are the same type of kid. We’re both super competitive.
“Mac and I feed off each other. Mac will throw a nice ball and I’ve got to step up with a better pass. Then he’ll top me again and it’s back on me. I look at that as a positive, and that’s why we hit it off.”
Both quarterbacks gave SEC Country their evaluations of each other:
Allen: “Mac is super smart and really accurate. If Mac wants to put the ball on that outside shoulder, he’ll make sure the ball is right there. And I just love the confidence he plays with.”
Jones: “Jake has fun with the game. He throws really well and has good anticipation. He and I are not the biggest and strongest guys, but we can sling it. His deep ball is a little better than mine. He’ll be good at Florida.”
Had it not been for Allen, Jones possibly could have been a Gator. Allen committed to Florida last summer, which kept Jones from receiving an offer.
It all worked out for Jones, who flipped from Kentucky to Alabama this month.
“I ended up at an OK school,” Jones said smiling. “We’re both happy about where we’re going. He jumped on his opportunity. I would have done the same thing if I had the choice. I feel like Florida and that offense is a good fit for him. Coach (Doug) Nussmeier has chemistry with him.
“Alabama is obviously a great situation for me. Who knows, that could be a future SEC Championship battle. How crazy would it be if we were together in the Georgia Dome playing each other? That would be pretty sweet, and I think we’ll make it there. It’ll be a fun game.”
Allen is looking forward to facing Jones one day in Atlanta, which they talk about all the time.
“I can’t wait,” Allen said. “I’d be awesome looking across the sideline and seeing Mac on a big stage like that. Competing against him would be so fun, but it’d be a good challenge as well. I’ve got to get there first and be playing, but I could see both us playing early. It could happen a lot sooner than people think.”
If their matchup does come to fruition, Jones may have one less app on his phone that week.
“I’ll have to cut off communication with Jake,” Jones said. “I also don’t want him talking trash to me on Snapchat, so I guess I’ll have to delete that. But no, we’ll be good friends before and after that game.”