UK loses four-star quarterback commit to Alabama


Head coach Mark Stoops looks on during the UK Football annual spring football game at Commonwealth Stadium. Saturday, April 16, 2016 in Lexington, Ky. Photo by Joel Repoley | Staff.

Anthony Crawford

Being the recruiting powerhouse that it is under head coach John Calipari, UK basketball is no stranger to using the approach of just letting the program speak for itself to bring in the best high school talent in the country.

UK football was on the other end of this approach recently after losing a four-star class of 2017 commitment to reigning national champion Alabama Crimson Tide.

The Cats had recruited Mac Jones since he was a three-star prospect and the effort led to his commitment in February at UK Junior Day. However, the pro-style quarterback was enjoying a great summer in camps and was a hot commodity as of late.

Jones began by impressing many at the Elite 11 quarterbacks camp and the offers followed with the great performance.  He received offers from Texas A&M, Ole Miss and Missouri before getting an offer from Alabama.

The offer to play for the perennial contender turned out to be too much as Jones announced the flip to the Crimson Tide Tuesday night on Twitter.

This makes it the second time that Alabama and their head coach Nick Saban has taken a prospect right under Mark Stoops nose. The first being class of 2015’s Damien Harris, a five-star running back prospect from Kentucky that left UK in his top choices before spurning the Cats to head down to Tuscaloosa.

While it can be at times disheartening to fans to see UK lose a chance to bring in top talent, Big Blue Nation should be reassured that the prospects that Stoops and his staff are bringing in are good enough for the likes of Alabama to go after.