One of the worst-kept secrets in the world of college football the past few months has been the eventual transferring of Florida State Seminoles backup quarterback, Jacob Coker to the Alabama Crimson Tide where the Mobile, Al. native would once again succeed AJ McCarron.
Coker replaced McCarron at St. Paul’s Episcopal when he graduated and went to Alabama and now with Coker visiting Alabama days after an in-home visit with Nick Saban, it could be a matter of days, if not hours until Coker is in the driver’s seat to replace McCarron yet again.
Jacob Coker, last year’s backup quarterback at FSU, is on campus for his visit to Alabama this weekend.
— Cecil Hurt (@CecilHurt) January 24, 2014
Coker is scheduled to graduate form Florida State this May so he will be able to play immediately for Alabama in 2014 and without a proven commodity on the depth chart.
The likes of Blake Sims, Alec Morris, Cooper Bateman, Parker McLeod and true freshman David Cornwell, the addition of Coker would give the Tide a potential first round pick in the NFL draft when he declares.
Bateman and Cornwell are the likely picks to start if the unexpected happens and Coker does not transfer to Alabama, and there are some unknown teams chasing Coker, LSU has been speculated as having interest, but by all accounts Coker will be committing to Alabama.
No other program has been out in front of their pursuit of Coker and coupled with the local ties, program prestige and need at the position, it would appear this is a match made in Heaven and a commitment could be coming soon.
Coker narrowly lost out in the quarterback derby to the eventual Heisman winner Jameis Winston, so that tells you all you need to know about the talent level of Coker who would be the most physically-gifted quarterback in the Saban era.
Saban already owns the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation and while Coker doesn’t have any stars affixed to his name, he undoubtedly would be the team’s most important recruit in the class, because he gives Alabama a great chance to claim their fourth title under Saban.