Mac Jones, a pro-style quarterback out of Jacksonville, Fla., is the latest quarterback in the 2017 cycle to be offered by Mike Leach and Washington State.
The 6-foot-2, 185-pounder has been committed to Kentucky since last July, but that hasn't stopped major programs from recruiting the three-star prospect. Jones, in addition to Washington State, has picked up offers from Arizona State and Southern Miss in recent days, adding to an offer sheet that already included Boston College, East Carolina, Illinois, Temple, West Virginia and others.
"I like his compact stroke and throwing motion," quarterback coach Tony Ballard told Rivals.com following Jones' performance at The Opening Regional in Orlando, Fla. this weekend. "I think he gets on top of the ball like he is supposed to. He needs to use his core a little more because he's got a light frame and he's around 6-foot-2 or so. I think he needs to work his lower body a little more (in the weight room). I really like the way the ball came out of his hands."
Jones is rated four-stars by Rivals.com and ranked the No. 34 pro-style quarterback in the 2017 class by the 24/7 Sports Composite. Jones' junior season statistics are not available, though several analysts have raved about his arm in recent months.
"Jones has developed as a passer over the last year," Rivals.com analyst Rob Cassidy said. "He's also added muscle. [Jones] makes sound decisions and goes through progressions quickly. He's not as mobile in the pocket as some other quarterbacks, but he has good-enough arm strength and impressive accuracy on deep balls."
After not taking a quarterback in the 2016 cycle, Washington State has been aggressive on the quarterback recruiting front as of late. In addition to Jones, Leach has offered quarterbacks Tristan Gebbia, Connor Neville, Tyler Lytle and Chase Garbers, whom we profiled last week.
Lytle and Garbers are expected to visit this spring, according to Cougfan.com, while Gebbia recently listed the Cougars in his top-five and will likely visit in the coming months. Gebbia took unofficial visits to Ole Miss and West Virginia last week.