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QB Mac Jones included in new Rivals 250 rankings

UK commitment Mac Jones is now ranked as the No. 165 overall prospect in the class of 2017, and he’s regarded as one of the top high school quarterbacks in the country.
UK commitment Mac Jones is now ranked as the No. 165 overall prospect in the class of 2017, and he’s regarded as one of the top high school quarterbacks in the country. Florida Times-Union

UK quarterback commitment Mac Jones is among the new names in the Rivals 250 national rankings for the class of 2017, which were released by the national recruiting website Tuesday afternoon.

Jones — a 6-foot-3 prospect from Jacksonville, Fla. — was unranked in the previous version of the Rivals 250 but is now pegged as the No. 165 overall prospect in the class of 2017. He is the No. 8 pro-style quarterback in the new rankings and the No. 16 overall player at the QB position (eight dual-threat quarterbacks are listed ahead of him).

UK’s first commitment for the class of 2017 — he pledged to the Wildcats last July — Jones has repeatedly said that he is solid in that commitment despite picking up scholarship offers from Alabama, California, Louisville, Mississippi, Texas A&M and several other schools over the past few months.

“The Kentucky commit had as good an offseason as any prospect in the country,” said Rivals.com’s Rob Cassidy. “He shined in 7-on-7 work and in camp settings. He throws a good ball and can be quite a weapon when things are going well. The only knock on Jones is that he tends to let things spiral downward when they begin to go wrong.”

Jones competed at the Elite 11 finals last weekend in Los Angeles. He was not among the quarterbacks chosen to advance from that event to The Opening next month in Oregon, but he will compete in the Rivals Five-Star Challenge this weekend in Atlanta.

UK now has two commitments in the new Rivals 250 rankings, with Jones joining Ohio wide receiver Javonte Richardson, who is ranked as the No. 97 overall prospect in the class. Richardson’s place in the Top 100 was announced Monday.

Ohio defensive end James Hudson, who backed out of his commitment to UK last month, is ranked as the No. 229 overall player in the class.

Lafayette offensive lineman Jedrick Wills is ranked No. 17 nationally and is the only Kentuckian on the Rivals 250 list. His ranking was also announced Monday.

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