Nov 16, 2013; Starkville, MS, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Alec Morris (11) and Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Luke Del Rio (14) block the view from the Mississippi State Bulldogs defensive coordinators during the game at Davis Wade Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden-USA TODAY Sports

Luke Del Rio says he 'saw the writing on the wall' at Alabama

Former Alabama Crimson Tide walk-on quarterback Luke Del Rio talked with The Oregonian last Friday about his reasons for leaving Tuscaloosa and transferring to Oregon State.

According to Del Rio, Alabama head coach Nick Saban made it clear a scholarship was not necessarily guaranteed in the young quarterback’s future:

“(Saban) said, ‘We’re not ready to make that commitment yet from a business perspective,’” Del Rio recalled. “He said if he had the numbers, then he would have done it. And I respected that.


“But I sort of saw the writing on the wall, and I left. I didn’t know who would still be interested.”

Del Rio, who won his appeal with the NCAA and will be eligible to play immediately, has already impressed members of Mike Riley’s Oregon State staff, including new offensive coordinator John Garrett:

“He did a remarkable job the first day,” Garrett said. “He was out there calling plays the way they’re supposed to be called. He has really made a good impression about how smart he is, how conscientious he is in his preparation and (how) he asks great questions.”

While it’s unlikely he will unseat incumbent starter Sean Mannion, Del Rio should be able to challenge Brent VanderVeen and Kyle Kempt for the backup position.

[Source: The Oregonian]

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