Steve Jones of the Courier-Journal spoke with Jawon Pass’ mother, Kershena Thomas, on Wednesday evening and got some last minute insight into the recruitment of Jawon. The quarterback will announce his decision on Thursday at 4:00 p.m. ET. He will be choosing between Louisville, Auburn, and Alabama.
Here are a few of the question and answers with Steve Jones and Kershena Thomas…
What did you think of the trip to Alabama, and what did that do for you all in this final week?
We had a great time. He seems to have been bonding well over there with the coach and some of the players, who I guess he had known already or met, but it was a great experience. It was a good time.
Has Jawon made up his mind?
Earlier when I talked to him, he said he wanted to take a moment, take a day and he didn’t feel like talking about it. I don’t know what that means, but he just said he needed to give himself a day of not even thinking about it.
So you are just letting him mull it over himself?
As for Louisville, why do you think that team has remained in contention for him and been an attractive option for him?
I think he bonded well with the coaching staff, and he said most of Coach Petrino’s coaching style is what he’s used to anyway. And it doesn’t hurt (with) the fact they just have a good solid program. He just enjoyed it there.
Has Khane Pass (Jawon’s brother who is a freshman safety at U of L) been trying to get in Jawon’s ear the last few days?
No, Khane is just excited for him. He said whatever he decides, he knows it’ll be a good decision for Jawon. He hasn’t been trying.
Do you yourself know where he’s picking?
I still don’t know. I almost asked, but he asked for time off for the whole day, so I’m giving him time off. I am going to ask first thing in the morning, and I may ask at midnight since it’ll be a new day.
Obviously Alabama has won multiple national championships, and Louisville is trying to get to that level. Is it realistic to think he would pick Louisville, which isn’t as established a program as Alabama?
Yeah, I think it’s very realistic. I don’t see why not. The only thing different is the championships, and I guess that’s a big factor, but I think Louisville has the potential to (do) just as well as Alabama.
You can take some of these answers in different ways. You can say that since his brother Khane won’t be at the announcement, that it won’t be Louisville. Or you can say that since Jawon wanted to take a day for himself and not talk about it, he wasn’t going to be a prisoner of the moment and choose Alabama just because that was his most recent experience.
We find out at 4:00 p.m. ET on Thursday.