Despite landing stellar recruiting classes the past two years (both the 2011 and 2012 classes were rated as nation’s best by 247 Sports), Nick Saban had a clear focus on strengthening one position in particular for this recruiting cycle: quarterback.
Saban brought in a signal-caller in each of the last three classes (Phillip Sims in 2010, Phillip Ely in 2011 and Alec Morris in 2012). But with the recent departure of Sims, the need to bring in a quality passer became magnified.
In addition, with starting quarterback A.J. McCarron entering his redshirt junior season, Alabama has to begin the process of grooming his eventual successor.
With Ely and Morris being the only scholarship quarterbacks (running back Blake Sims could switch to quarterback as well) currently on the roster behind him, Saban aggressively hit the recruiting trail in search of targeting field generals that could come in and compete to take over for McCarron when he moves on.
So how do these future Crimson Tide signal-callers compare to one another, and how do they differ?
Find out inside, as I break down their similarities and their differences.