Alabama Football: Alabama Loses Justin Thomas, a 4-Star Athlete

Larry BurtonSenior Writer IDecember 13, 2011

Justin Thomas looks elsewhere to try and play quarterback. (Photo
Justin Thomas looks elsewhere to try and play quarterback. (Photo

Larry Burton (Syndicated Writer) When Justin Thomas came to commit to Alabama, he may have thought in the back of his mind he had a shot at playing quarterback, but in the talks he had with coach Nick Saban, it was clear that Saban thought of him in other positions.

He is the senior quarterback of Prattville High School, a fertile recruiting ground for Alabama for years, but he is not a 4-star recruit at quarterback. Just as an overall athlete.

He finally came to the realization that he would never be considered a quarterback prospect and other schools have offered him that position, according to, so Thomas has reportedly rescinded his commitment.

Saban had wanted to use him at defensive back.

"Justin wants to play quarterback and he's looking at some other places," Prattville coach Jamey Dubose told "Alabama was very honest with him and up-front. I think it's a good thing. There was not hidden agendas by anybody. They were wanting him to play defensive back, and he was wanting to play quarterback."

This leaves Alabama with 21 commitments for the 2012 class and will give Saban both another chance to find a replacement defensive back commitment as well as the time to do it.

There is no hard feelings from Thomas, or from the coaching staff at Alabama over Thomas's decision. The staff at Alabama wants him to do what he feels is best for him and if that means playing quarterback somewhere else, then so be it.

Thomas has nothing but great things to say about Alabama, its staff and other players there. He's just been given the chance to pursue his dream of being a college quarterback and he wants to chase it.

No service has him listed anywhere near a top prospect at quarterback, but he did guide Prattiville to the state championship in 6-A playoffs.

Only time will tell if he's made the right decision or not.

Thomas has not said where he may commit to next.