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Alabama lands another ’13 QB commit

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Cooper Bateman, a highly-touted four-star quarterback in the Class of 2013, announced back in mid-May that he had verbally committed to Alabama.

As it turns out, Bateman will have some three-star competition at the position when A.J. McCarron gives up the reins to the Tide’s offense.

Or, as I would prefer to frame it, a way-too-premature McCarron vs Sims v2.0 anyone?

According to by way of the Birmingham News, Marietta, Georgia, high school QB prospect Parker McLeod has decided to give Alabama a non-binding verbal commitment to be a member of its ’13 class.  In addition to UA, McLeod held scholarship offers from, among others, Oklahoma State, Louisville, Maryland and Boston College.

The high school senior-to-be told the website that the Tide’s pro-style attack is what seemingly clinched the decision.

“I think it’s the ideal offense for me,” McLeod, who plans to be an early enrollee next January, told 247Sports. “It’s very similar to what we do at Walton (High School).”

McLeod also added that he doesn’t have any additional visits planned to other schools, which I believe in recruiting parlance means he’s a solid verbal or something like that.

For comparison’s sake, McLeod is rated as the No. 29 pro-style QB in 2013 by, while Bateman is the No. 6 pro-style QB.

Incidentally, McLeod is the 16th verbal in an Alabama 2013 class that’s currently ranked No. 3 in the country behind only Michigan (No. 1) and Georgia (No. 2).

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26 Responses to “Alabama lands another ’13 QB commit”
  1. alligatorsnapper says: Jun 9, 2012 12:23 PM

    Congrats to Bama! And what is this about UGA? Both in the SEC, both recruiting tops. Competition continues in the SEC!

  2. Deb says: Jun 9, 2012 12:32 PM

    Can’t hurt that Bama’s a lot closer to home for him than the other contenders. I don’t put much stock in non-binding verbal committments, but it looks as thought we may have some promising prospects to step in when A.J.’s run is over. Glad to hear some kids still appreciate the skill it takes to run a pro-style offense. I’m no more a fan of putting glorified running backs in the QB spot than I am of running an aerial show with no defense.

  3. tigersgeaux says: Jun 9, 2012 12:34 PM

    Congratulations to Saban and Alabama. Great recruiting again.

    Just to give all the SEC team their due as well:

    GA 2; AL 3; LSU 5; FL 6; TAMU 7; AU 11; SC 13; MO 16; MS 17.

    It is generally like this each year, at least for the past 10 years or so that I have followed it. This is one of the major reasons the SEC remains so dominant in FBS college football. These present rankings will change almost weekly, because as we ALL KNOW verbal commitments are truly nothing.

    I understand that but it is fun to follow this each year.

  4. mountaineer50415 says: Jun 9, 2012 1:44 PM

    I know this is a football blog and I am happy for Alabama for their new recruit. However, I also want to say that I really enjoyed seeing the Tide’s softball championship. Roll Tide. Sure would like it if they could put the last day’s game back on tv as it took all night and I missed that one. Really fun to watch the other two!!!

  5. bradentonbuc says: Jun 9, 2012 1:51 PM

    Good pickup, but one is not going to play much.

  6. Deb says: Jun 9, 2012 2:06 PM

    @bradentonbuc …

    True, but it’s not always the one you expect by looking at their early ratings.

    Going off topic … although I’m a Steelers diehard, I’m excited to see what Schiano will do with the Bucs this year. Ron Cooper did a terrific job with LSU’s secondary, and you guys picked up Bama SS Mark Barron. Tampa’s a better team than its record of the last couple years. Wouldn’t be surprised to see a major turnaround for the Bucs.

  7. liverpoolred04 says: Jun 9, 2012 2:31 PM

    I’m sure Rivals will bump him up again.

  8. mountaineer50415 says: Jun 9, 2012 2:43 PM

    I heard that the QB Michigan sent to Miami is now in Tampa. If so that is not good. I live between the two teams and I like both, however, really would be nice to have one look a lot better for a change. QBes are not always as good in the NFL as they are in college.
    Being I was raised in Hollywood I started rooting for Miami when they began.Started out losing every game.Stuck with them. Getting worn out with the teams of recent years though. Back to losing all the time.

  9. Deb says: Jun 9, 2012 3:35 PM

    @mountaineer50415 …

    My dad’s from Alabama and much of my family is there, so we were raised on the Tide. But I’m a Florida girl and it’s just a shame what’s happened to the Dolphins. I fell in love with the Steelers as a kid–the Dynasty team. But stuck with them when they were horrible and everyone around me was wearing Marino jerseys :) A few lean years is one thing, but the Dolphins have some real front-office and ownership issues. Don’t know if those can be rectified with a coaching change.

  10. Deb says: Jun 9, 2012 5:01 PM


    Oooh the phones are ringing off the hook in Baton Rouge!!! 😀

  11. thecrazyasianinseccountry says: Jun 10, 2012 3:40 AM

    Bama can recruit as many QBs as they want, LSU just need one good one every other year or two.., only one can be out there.
    I knew when Saban took the Bama job that it would be no time at all to turn that program around. I love Miles and the highs and lows he put us through each year, but I do miss Nick Saban, not only is he a great coach but also a great person. And I knew recruiting will be great at Bama under Saban…. I hate the fact that he is with Bama buy I still have nothing but respect to a great father, a great husband, great mentors for young men to look up to. Not a Bama fan, but am a huge Saban fan, I hope he and his university more success in the future. I hope Saban raise the bar so high in Tusculussus (I hoped I spelled that right ), and have every SEC teams in the conference aimed for that same goal.,, it can only make every program good.

  12. 1historian says: Jun 10, 2012 5:44 AM

    just a reminder – Notre Dame graduated more than 95% of its eligible African-American student athletes last month

  13. Deb says: Jun 10, 2012 1:12 PM

    @thecrazyasianinseccountry …

    You’re such a good sport and a joy to interact with on the blogs!!

  14. kozbee says: Jun 10, 2012 1:49 PM

    Does Parker really believe hes going to get to take any snaps,i think not.If the boy wants to play at all he better go where he is needed.Bama has a depth at the QB position and my thoughts are he will never see light from the cellar.JMO

  15. Deb says: Jun 10, 2012 2:05 PM

    @kozbee …

    It’s a lil early to write him off :) Once A.J.’s career at Bama is over, Parker will get a chance to compete for the job. Just as A.J. proved a better QB than Sims in the end, Parker may prove better than Cooper Bateman. Time will tell.

  16. mountaineer50415 says: Jun 10, 2012 4:37 PM

    It is true you only need one (healthy) QB. I am not one for the put one in and then put the other one in. However, if something happens it sure would be nice to have a really good back up.
    The Mountaineers were rather good at times last year. However, if Geno had gone down we would have had a lot of problems. Thank God he did not. Next year I hope we have our back up ready, just in case. Can’t be too careful.
    Thecrazyasian seems to be a lot nicer than I gave him credit for being. Sorry to have been so wrong.

  17. Deb says: Jun 10, 2012 5:29 PM

    @mountaineer50415 …

    Everyone makes mistakes. He just has a wacky sense of humor :)

    Yes, a good backup can sure come in handy. I know the Patriots are still glad they had Tom Brady on the bench when Drew Bledsoe went down 😉

  18. mountaineer50415 says: Jun 10, 2012 9:02 PM

    I was thinking about Cincinnati. They were undefeated until their QB when down playing the mountaineers. Glad we won but not glad he got hurt. I hate that part of football.
    Thanks for reminding me. I was trying to remember why I had gotten so upset with thecrazyasian. That makes it even more rediculous. Think I will stop and think about it before I get upset next time. Could be I love Alabama and the Mountaineers too much.

  19. mountaineer50415 says: Jun 10, 2012 9:03 PM

    Sorry should have been went not when.

  20. Deb says: Jun 10, 2012 9:47 PM

    @mountaineer50415 …

    Nothing wrong with loving our teams. We all lose our tempers and go off half-cocked. I’ve made a fool of myself over my teams and said plenty of things I regret. We’re human–happens to the best of us, especially on a football blog :) Only those who engage in calculated malice and bullying have anything to be ashamed of. Don’t worry about it.

  21. thecrazyasianinseccountry says: Jun 10, 2012 11:42 PM

    I knew there was a good reason why my ears were burning

  22. Deb says: Jun 10, 2012 11:53 PM

    @thecrazyasian …

    But it’s all good! 😀

  23. be4bama says: Jun 11, 2012 4:15 PM

    You folks always make me smile :-)

  24. Deb says: Jun 11, 2012 6:32 PM

    @be4bama …

    Right back at you!!! It’s a fun way to take a break from work 😀

  25. bullneck11 says: Jun 11, 2012 7:32 PM


    I would just like to keep you and all of the Bammers up to date on LSU so I would like to mention that LSU recently got commitments Two (2) four star QBs.

    Last week Anthony Jennings (MVP of the Elite 11 QB trial in Atlanta) from Marietta, GA committed to LSU after receiving offers from every major college including Alabama. Jennings followed the commitment of four star QB Hayden Rettig’s from Los Angeles just about 3 weeks ago.

    So, the Tigers are doing fine also with the four star QBs in case you are keeping up.

  26. mountaineer50415 says: Jun 11, 2012 9:01 PM

    Congrats to LSU. Can’t wait to put a woopen on ya!!!!!

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