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2017 QB commit Mac Jones: Freddie’s Take

Shannon Dawson’s recent quarterback selections have distinct commonalities. Both Gunnar Hoak and Mac Jones are technically proficient passers with advanced fundamentals. Neither will drop your jaw with arm strength or freakish athletic ability, both of which are vastly overrated traits for a quarterback. In an earlier post, I differentiated between a thrower and a passer. Hoak and Jones are passers. That’s a good thing.

Mac Jones’ sophomore film showed an extremely quick release. At 6’2″ 178 pounds, physical maturation will occur over time. With two more years of high school football remaining, Jones will report to Lexington at or around 200 pounds. Mac’s advanced footwork and technique showed definite signs of prior and proper fundamental instruction. Also, his tape highlighted efficient production against elite Florida competition. In the passing game, Mac compensated for his lack of developed strength with anticipation and accuracy. Much like Gunnar Hoak, he maturely threw his receivers open. This means that he saw an opening in the defensive coverage and threw the football to the exact location where his receivers could make the catch.

Shannon Dawson has made an evaluation statement with Gunnar Hoak and Mac Jones. Kentucky’s offensive coordinator’s preference lies in passers with progressive technique, anticipation, and accuracy. Add all those assets together, and the often misused “it” factor is defined. As I posted earlier, having a cannon for an arm is highly overrated. That is, unless you’re participating in a Punt, Pass, and Kick competition. As I drove to work yesterday morning, I heard former Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy rate arm strength as his fifth most important quarterback attribute. McElroy is a brilliant football analyst. When he talks, I listen. I strongly agreed. Furthermore, both Jones and Hoak have an advanced sense or understanding of the quarterback position, a trait that can only be displayed on the football field in a live, 11-on-11 scenario. I can’t properly evaluate QBs during 7-on-7 games. The element of contact and pass rush can significantly alter the process.

As I predicted with Gunnar Hoak, Mac Jones’ offer sheet will significantly grow. In the Class of 16, Hoak is the glue that holds the offensive skill position players intact. In that nature, Jones could possibly mimic Hoak and become the catalyst for a monstrous 2017 class. With one year of separation between the two, timing sets up perfectly for each to have their own turn running the Dawson Air Raid. Mac Jones is a solid, and recently typical Kentucky commit. I’ll explain. We’ve seen Marrow and company offer other positional players before the major powers do so. Following a commitment to UK, select prospect’s recruiting status seems to blossom. Kentucky’s staff is being credited for its recruiting prowess. I say evaluation is actually its strength. Shannon Dawson has brought his own evaluation perspective to Lexington. He knows exactly what he’s looking for in his quarterbacks of the future. I think he’s found two perfect fits for his system.

Article written by Freddie Maggard

Former University of Kentucky Quarterback and Andy Griffith Fan Club President

14 Comments for 2017 QB commit Mac Jones: Freddie’s Take



  1. J-Dub421
    2:04 pm July 28, 2015 Permalink

    Insightful analysis as usual Freddie. Thanks!



  2. UkTalent Kings
    2:16 pm July 28, 2015 Permalink

    Ok so now all the major schools are waiting on UK to offer a kid. Uk sets the standard on elite football talent evaluation. I’ve heard it all now.



    • J-Dub421
      2:54 pm July 28, 2015 Permalink

      Please don’t use my screen name.



    • J-Dub421
      2:59 pm July 28, 2015 Permalink

      Oh well, the comment I was responding to was removed.



  3. UkTalent Kings
    2:17 pm July 28, 2015 Permalink

    We’ve seen Marrow and company offer other positional players before the major powers do so. Following a commitment to UK, select prospect’s recruiting status seems to blossom. Kentucky’s staff is being credited for its recruiting prowess. I say evaluation is actually its strength.



  4. This Dude
    2:29 pm July 28, 2015 Permalink

    His arm strength doesn’t look that bad. It appears at 16 he already has a stronger arm than Couch.



  5. RICK
    2:34 pm July 28, 2015 Permalink

    2017, The coaches seem to be doing a great job staying focused on recruiting . Can’t wait for some football and Freddie is doing a great job keeping us up to date.



  6. deWildcat
    2:39 pm July 28, 2015 Permalink

    Freddie you’re a great addition to KSR – thanks again!!



    • Angelo
      2:46 pm July 28, 2015 Permalink

      ditto! i second the motion.



    • WeareBBN
      6:26 pm July 28, 2015 Permalink

      here here…….great to get solid info on the football side of things. I am so excited I am a new season ticket holder this year, can’t blame me for the previous years as I lived over 1000 miles away. Now just 3 hours away I am all in.



  7. McElroyIsToFootball...
    2:43 pm July 28, 2015 Permalink

    as Chris Welsh is to baseball. Glad you gave him some love. Great analysts are hard to come by.



  8. Laker Cat 18
    2:43 pm July 28, 2015 Permalink

    The Jones kid looks good.

    I would like to see UK go after Riley Hall from Pulaski County. He’s good in the pocket and rolling out, he’s cut-throat, a proven winner. He has a strong arm and great speed for a QB, although a tad undersized as a senior (his 1 true flaw in my opinion). Decision making skills are 2nd to none. He can “thread the needle” with ease. Worth a look.

    http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1350651/highlights/232452382/v2



  9. Will
    5:31 pm July 28, 2015 Permalink

    Chipper Jones went to Bolles School – – is Mac any relation to Chipper?