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Mac Jones Flips to Alabama, What’s Next?


Throughout Mac Jones’ meteoric rise in recruiting service rankings, a lingering sense of doubt resonated throughout the BBN. On Tuesday, that dread became reality when the four-star quarterback flipped his commitment from Kentucky to the University of Alabama.

Commitment is defined as the state or quality of being dedicated to a cause, activity, etc. In the world of college football recruiting, the term takes on a whole new meaning that reads, “dedicated to a cause or activity until a more desirable opportunity surfaces”.

The Mac Jones situation is not an aberration. Unfortunately, it’s practically the norm. While I’m fully supportive of the young man and his family in his commitment to the Crimson Tide, my issue is not with the prospect but with the Process as the Teflon coated Nick Saban prefers to say. College football desperately needs an early signing period. To be fair, I can see both sides of the coin. Coaches can offer then pull scholarships at the last minute. Players can commit, then as in the case of Mac Jones, amend their decision and attend a competing program. College football could benefit from an offer-to-signature procedural standardization that would stabilize both parties. College football is also in desperate need of a leader, period.

As for Kentucky, the question remains. What or who’s next? Simple, the answer continues to be the quarterback that signed his Letter of Intent on the first Wednesday in February of 2016: Gunnar Hoak.

The Ohio native and early enrollee was recruited by Eddie Gran and Darin Hinshaw at both Cincinnati and Kentucky. Hoak’s a more than capable fit for their offensive system as he enjoyed early success in the spring game by going 4-5 and a touchdown pass. Sure, recruiting experts will have lists upon lists by midnight to go along with eight hundred “I told ya so’s” but as reality, the future of the program lies squarely on the shoulders of young Mr. Hoak.

Gunnar Hoak is a product of Dublin Coffman High School, a program that has produced eight FBS quarterbacks since 2003. An ESPN four-star prospect; he threw for 2,584 yards, 30 touchdowns, and just three interceptions as a junior.

No sugar coating this; Jones’ flip was a double-fisted gut punch to the Kentucky Football program. However, it will assuredly and eventually sign a 2017 quarterback. When that name surfaces, or more accurately when the signature is dry and faxed into the new training center, he will be described as the one that the Cats wanted after Jones’ deflection. That’s the nature of the recruiting beast. That beast has become an out of control animal.

Article written by Freddie Maggard

Former University of Kentucky Quarterback and Andy Griffith Fan Club President

7 Comments for Mac Jones Flips to Alabama, What’s Next?

  1. shelby
    10:07 pm June 7, 2016 Permalink

    There for a moment I thought I was the only my one who remembered “the Gun”; Hoak is very talented and VERY capable of taking this program to new heights.

  2. hweathers
    10:26 pm June 7, 2016 Permalink

    I would love an early signing period also, but it would not help in this case anyway since Jones is 2017. But we need to quit using the term commitment because it really isn’t one. Both coaches and players don’t abide by their word. When you “commit” to something you’re going to stick with it no matter the circumstances. Sadly, that definition in today’s society is gone.

  3. blueballs80
    10:34 pm June 7, 2016 Permalink

    Can I say what a lil biatch?

  4. Ricky Blumpkin
    11:56 pm June 7, 2016 Permalink

    As for losing Jones as a player, I don’t care. Would he even have made it? Even play? You never know. I am disappointed that he didn’t honor his commitment. The football recruiting system needs to change. That, and I wish KSR would fire Roush and have Freddie write more often. Roush is a just terrible. Just terrible. And yeah, I know I don’t have to read it. Duh.

  5. Angelo
    1:01 am June 8, 2016 Permalink

    Stoops is hanging by a thread…

  6. Blueblueblueblue
    7:14 am June 8, 2016 Permalink

    You guys with your “now days” talk are hilarious. What exactly has UK done for this kid? Nothing. In college sports as soon as that scholarship paper is signed, the school is in TOTAL control. Kids have every right to control their recruiting process right up until they sign that piece of paper. There is no worse look in the world than adults (couch: looking at you Hinshaw) getting angry that a 17 year old is changing their mind and doing what’s best for them.

    • Ricky Blumpkin
      11:33 am June 8, 2016 Permalink

      No one has the right to lie.