The future is bright at Alabama thanks to the incoming transfer of former Florida State quarterback Jacob Coker.
Alabama confirmed the transfer via its Twitter account:
Head coach Nick Saban announced Sunday that quarterback Jake Coker has signed with the Crimson Tide. #RollTide— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) January 26, 2014
Bruce Feldman of CBS Sports originally reported news of the player's decision and notes that he will be eligible to play this fall:
Jeremy Fowler previously reported on CBS Sports that Coker was visiting Alabama after not earning a scholarship with the program out of high school. He is set to graduate in the spring, which allows him to go anywhere for a graduate school and have two years of eligibility remaining starting next season.
Coker lost out on the starting job at Florida State to Jameis Winston, who eventually led the Seminoles to an undefeated record and their first national title since the 1999 season. The freshman quarterback also won the Heisman Trophy and a plethora of other awards.
However, wide receiver Kenny Shaw admitted that he did not agree with the decision at the time, via Michael Casagrande of AL.com:
As a coach making that decision, I probably wouldn't have made it. I would probably play both guys because I just don't know how to do all that stuff, but it was really close because, if it's close to you as a player taking passes from a QB, then I know it's close for the coaches.
Coker finished the year with 250 passing yards while completing 18 of his 36 attempts with no touchdowns and an interception.
Considering he was close to starting over the eventual Heisman winner, though, it is clear Coker has a lot of talent. He now intends to show that elite skill set for one of the best programs in the country.
For the Crimson Tide, they get an experienced quarterback who can step in immediately for the graduating AJ McCarron. The need for a player was even greater with incoming freshman Ricky Town decommitting from the program to join the USC Trojans, per Blair Angulo of ESPN.com.
With Coker's ability and the talent that will be around him, Alabama has a chance to once again contend for a national championship.
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