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‘Bama, Auburn finalists for touted ’13 QB recruit

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The Iron Bowl: it ain’t just for late November and in-state recruiting anymore.

Used to fighting it out for high school players in the state specifically and the SEC’s footprint in general, Alabama and Auburn have taken their recruiting rivalry much further to the west this spring.  The Tide and Tigers, along with SEC rivals LSU and Florida as well as Washington, are the finalists for the services of Salt Lake City quarterback and Class of 2013 prospect Cooper Bateman.

Bateman has already visited UA and AU, and has another trip to Tuscaloosa scheduled for early June.  Shortly after that visit, Bateman hopes to have a decision, although he did tell that there is no front-runner in his mind right now.

“I want to decide pretty soon if possible,” Bateman said. “There is no clear school on top for me right now, but I’m looking at those five programs. I’m weighing the pros and cons of each school and evaluating the football aspect and comfort level of each program. …

“Coach (Scot) Loeffler at Auburn is great, Nuss (Doug Nussmeier, Alabama’s offensive coordinator) is someone I like a lot too.”

Neither of the Alabama schools has received a verbal commitment from a player at that position in the 2013 class — neither have the other three finalists, incidentally — so landing the non-binding verbal from Bateman would be considered a significant get for either school.

Bateman is rated as a four-star recruit by and the No. 6 pro-style QB in the country by the same service.  247Sports has Bateman as the No. 4 pro-style QB in the country, while has him as the No. 4 QB of any kind.

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7 Responses to “‘Bama, Auburn finalists for touted ’13 QB recruit”
  1. mydixienormus says: May 8, 2012 10:48 AM

    Recruiting rankings are never wrong on QB’s.

    See Jake Heaps at BYU for example….

  2. kozbee says: May 8, 2012 11:24 AM

    I don`t know how its going to play out over in the west but Bama has Sims jumping ship to Virginia so that about tells the story on who Bama will be with the next 2 to 3 seasons.AJ McCarron will be Bama`s starter since he won the BCS and is the reason Sims went to Virginia.Auburn is in need of a good QB to set their offense in the right direction.LSU has some pretty good depth as Bama @ QB.Cooper might look good in high school but its a different type of game @ the next level.Hope him goodluck where he goes.
    @ mydixtenormus, your very right about rankings and i know you were being sarcastic on that

  3. Deb says: May 8, 2012 12:20 PM

    All those Southern schools and the Huskies vying for that Salt Lake City QB. Won’t hold my breath on that one.

  4. normtide says: May 8, 2012 6:15 PM

    I agree with Mrs. Deb. Also, in recruiting, every year a team gets its next QB of the future. I have always thought QB is the one position that is recruited for depth only. When a coach gets 2 QB’s in one class, everyone knows only one can win the job. You rotate players at every position, except QB. Upside for Bama- he knows he will have loads of talent around him. Downside- our offense is a run first, ball control, wear them down style. Given a choice, we prefer to shut the other team out as opposed to putting 40+ points on the board. Best of luck to this kid, where ever he may go.

  5. ndnut says: May 8, 2012 11:30 PM

    Didn’t LSU rotate QBs? And they (allegedly) finished 2nd in the nation.

  6. normtide says: May 9, 2012 7:39 AM

    No, they swapped QB’s after Jefferson returned. Now, many LSU fans wished they had swapped back. But, the fact is, Miles went with the QB he liked most. I agree that if you have 2 starting QBs, you do not really have one.

  7. thegamecocker says: May 9, 2012 10:28 AM

    Don’t be a fool! Just go to Alabama and call it a day. If you consider Auburn, you will consistently lose to the ‘Tide” unless Auburn cheats again and brings in “pay for play” athletes. And take note ….I purposely omitted the word “STUDENT”.

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