Aug 4, 2013; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Luke Del Rio signs autographs following practice at Bryant Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports

Alabama football: Luke Del Rio transfers from Crimson Tide

Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Luke Del Rio was one of the signal-callers who would have been a potential replacement for A.J. McCarron, who is leaving for the NFL. However, on Wednesday, Del Rio announced that he would be transferring from Alabama.

“I had an incredible year at Bama, it’s sad to say that it will be my last,” Del Rio said on Twitter Wednesday. “I’m excited for the next chapter of my life and what it will bring, but I will always admit that Bama has the BEST fans in the nation, so much love and support through thick and thin.”

For those wondering, yes, Del Rio is the son of Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Jake Del Rio.

While there are no leading candidates currently identified, Del Rio was offered scholarships from Oklahoma State, Oregon State and Colorado State during the recruiting process, according to

Without Del Rio in the mix, the Crimson Tide will have to choose between junior Blake Sims, and freshmen Alec Morris and David Cornwell.

Sound off in the comments section below with your thoughts and predictions on who could be named McCarron’s successor.

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  • OldCobraGuy

    This is a shocker. He was highly thought of…and a favorite to win the job next year. Two things come to mind: (1) He was a walk on…no scholarship. Might have had something to do with it. (2) The hiring of Lane Kiffen. Was there bad blood between Lane and Luke’s dad? A difference in coaching philosophy that Luke didn’t like? Or maybe Lane told him to look elsewhere. Hard to say. All I know is a month ago, this young man was higher than a kite about the Crimson Tide.