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 BamaOnline.com 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 Rivals.com, 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).