Kentucky hasn’t given up on four-star quarterback Mac Jones just yet.
UK quarterbacks coach Darin Hinshaw attended Jones’ high school game in Florida on Friday night. Hinshaw watched the former UK commitment throw for two touchdowns and run for another in The Bolles School’s 54-12 victory at Lakewood.
The game was played in St. Petersburg, Fla., about 150 miles from Gainesville, where UK will play Florida on Saturday afternoon.
Jones — ranked by Rivals.com as the No. 8 pro-style QB in the class of 2017 — originally committed to UK last summer, then flipped that commitment to Alabama in June. The Crimson Tide also have a commitment from Tua Tagovailoa, who is ranked by Rivals.com as the No. 2 dual-threat QB in the 2017 class.
Hinshaw appeared to direct a “sub-tweet” at Jones following the player’s decommitment from Kentucky, but any hard feelings have apparently passed.
Jones’ father, Gordon Jones, confirmed that Hinshaw was at Friday night’s game and told the Herald-Leader that it was “nice to say hello” to the UK assistant. Gordon Jones has also remained supportive of UK on Twitter, wishing the Cats well in their game against the Gators on Saturday.
There’s been no indication that Jones is wavering in his commitment to Alabama, despite UK’s continued interest in his recruitment. The Jones family was scheduled to travel to Tuscaloosa for the Crimson Tide’s home opener against Western Kentucky on Saturday.
The Bolles School also features three-star defensive back Ahman Ross, who has mentioned UK among the top schools in his recruitment. Ross, also a class of 2017 prospect, is one of Jones’ closest friends.
UK has a commitment from Lafayette quarterback Walker Wood for the class of 2017, though they would certainly welcome a re-commitment from Jones if that becomes a possibility.