Mississippi and Missouri are the latest Southeastern Conference schools to extend scholarship offers to UK football commitment Mac Jones, who confirmed the new offers Thursday.
Jones — a 6-foot-3 prospect from Jacksonville, Fla. — was the Wildcats’ first commitment for the class of 2017, and his recruiting stock has skyrocketed since announcing that pledge last July.
Rivals.com ranks Jones as the No. 15 pro-style quarterback in the class, and he ran away with top honors at the Rivals Quarterback Challenge in Baltimore last month.
Alabama offered Jones a scholarship the day after that performance, Texas A&M followed suit last week, and Ole Miss and Missouri are the newest SEC programs on Jones’ offer list. He’s also received offers from California, Louisville and Pittsburgh in recent weeks.
The Crimson Tide have picked up a commitment from four-star quarterback Tua Tagovailoa since offering Jones. Texas A&M’s offer came immediately after the decommitment of top quarterback Tate Martell and the controversial tweets by an Aggies assistant coach that followed.
Rivals.com national analyst Mike Farrell told the Herald-Leader recently that he believes Florida will also extend Jones an offer.
An ESPN Insider article discussing quarterbacks in the class of 2017 posted Thursday morning characterized Jones’ commitment to Kentucky as “shaky at best,” but the recruit has repeatedly said that he is solid with his pledge to the Wildcats, and UK’s coaching staff remains confident that he will ultimately sign with them.