Larry Burton (Syndicated Writer) For the second time this season, a top quarterback has spurned the Crimson Tide to go with another school after having narrowed their choices to Alabama and another schools.
Jameis Winston, the nation's No. 1 dual-threat quarterback, chose Florida State over Alabama, and last month, Gunner Keil, the nation's No. 1 pro-style quarterback, chose Indiana over Alabama.
Alabama, however, mainly uses a pro-style quarterback in their system, and after Keil's decision, may have turned up the heat more on Greyson Lambert, a pro-style quarterback from Georgia, than pursuing Winston, as was cited in another article.
Many fans were worried that Winston would end up taking the millions of dollars soon to be thrown at him by Major League Baseball rather than pursing a college football career.
Still, however, with this being the second top-rated quarterback to turn down the Tide, it may appear that this would be bad news for the Tide. But with so many other quarterbacks out there that fit the mold of the Crimson Tide team, there is no panic among the staff in Tuscaloosa.
Alabama expects to hear from their quarterback within a week or so, but even if they signed no quarterback this year, Nick Saban wouldn't worry and would just go back to work next year.
For the foreseeable future, the Tide is set. But the future three years or more down the road could be interesting.