Kentucky football knows close. While speaking at the Governor’s Cup luncheon Mark Stoops spoke about the Cats being close.
There have been close, tough losses over the years that have been difficult to get over. Sometimes those losses carry over into recruiting.
Former UK commitment Mac Jones, a four-star quarterback from Jacksonville, FL, decommited from Kentucky and switched to Alabama.
— Mac Jones (@MacJones_10) June 8, 2016
I’m not a big recruiting guy, I casually follow it and tend to get to know the incoming players once they get on campus. Trying to keep up with what juniors and seniors in high school is truly a roller coaster ride.
A lot of the analysts who follow Kentucky recruiting were optimistic about Jones staying with UK. He had weathered some storms as several elite programs had offered him a scholarship after he initially committed to Kentucky. There was a growing sentiment that Kentucky may be able to hold on to Jones.
This played out like an underdog with an early lead that just couldn’t quite hang on in the fourth quarter. Time seemed to move agonizingly slow for Mark Stoops and Kentucky football in this situation and the Crimson Tide were able to stage a rally.
When you boil it all down it doesn’t matter who you’re committed to if Alabama comes calling, Mac Jones or any other prospect has to at least listen.
It’s the same way when a basketball prospect garners interest from Kentucky. They have to listen. The state or Arkansas is still highly disappointed that Malik Monk didn’t stay home and play for the Razorbacks. Mac Jones was in a similar situation. His father told Justin Rowland of Rivals.com that Alabama was a better fit for his son.
Kentucky came close to getting Mac Jones just as they have come close to going to a bowl game in each of the last two seasons. Mark Stoops and his staff just have to continue to scratch, claw and fight on both of those fronts.