Pro-style quarterback Mac Jones, a four-star recruit, is verbally committed to Alabama. Usually when someone commits to Alabama, there’s pretty much no chance that they’ll flip their commitment.
But that’s maybe not necessarily the case with Jones.
As Rivals points out, there’s a chance that Alabama could have a huge offensive coordinator vacancy this offseason, and that could change it all.
This one is new and interesting. It’s unlikely, sure. Jones already flipped from Kentucky to Alabama, but the Wildcats haven’t stopped perusing the four-star quarterback. Jones is still solidly committed to the Tide, but the promise of early playing time is something that sounds more believable coming from the mouths of a Kentucky staff that isn’t loaded with other touted quarterbacks. Alabama, on the other hand, has a freshman QB that has led it to an undefeated season and No. 1 ranking. Another Jones flip isn’t close to a sure thing. It’s not even likely per se, but it’s starting to seem possible. If Tide offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin accepts a job elsewhere, this could go from long shot to a full-blown possibility.
Rob Cassidy of Rivals makes a great point about playing time. Kentucky doesn’t have a clear-cut starting quarterback for the future. I’d say Stephen Johnson is the early favorite for next year, but after that its’ up in the air. When Jones gets to campus he’d get a shot to fight for a high spot on the depth chart.
And the Kiffin issue is also notable. There are a lot of rumors bouncing around that he’ll take a head coaching job elsewhere after this season, so if Jones is big on coaching stability, he may re-assess his options.
It’s not likely; Rivals has the chance of Jones flipping his commitment at only 22 percent. However, if a change is made in Bama’s coaching staff, it could make all the difference in Jones’ recruitment.