The recruiting process can be interesting to follow. It can be even more interesting if you are the athlete being recruited. This could not be more apparent than with 2017 quarterback prospect Mac Jones out of Jacksonville, Florida.
Jones, a junior three star pro-style quarterback, committed to the University of Kentucky in July of this year. Much of Jones decision to commit to the Wildcats was due to his relationship with the Wildcats offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson.
What is interesting about Jones relationship with Dawson is that it actually started at West Virginia. Jones visited WVU the summer of his ninth grade year. During that visit he met then WVU QB coach Shannon Dawson. When Dawson left the Mountaineers after the 2014 season he recruited the 6’2 175 lb quarterback to Kentucky.
This past Thursday Jones received a call from WVU officially offering him a scholarship to be a Mountaineer. “The offer from WVU is a great offer from a team with an explosive offense. I visited Morgantown 2 summers ago on a college bus tour and really enjoyed the facilities and the atmosphere. I like how the fans in WV looks forward to the games hence there are no professional sports,” Jones explained.
Also taking place last week was the announcement that Shannon Dawson would not be returning to Kentucky for 2016, something that Jones took notice of, “The fact Dawson left affects my decision a little bit. Obviously I really liked Dawson but I’m going to wait and see who the next hire is and let things play out.’
Whether or not Jones decides to reopen his recruitment is yet to be determined but he has stated he will be visiting WVU again soon for Junior Day. As a Junior, Jones already has the pocket presence and accuracy of a collegiate quarterback; both of which have earned him a top 50 ranking in the 2017 recruiting class. Jones currently holds offer from WVU, Kentucky, and East Carolina but has also been contacted by Florida and South Carolina.