The Jacob Coker-to-Alabama rumors continue to gain steam, with all signs pointing to a final destination of Tuscaloosa at some point after May of this year.
Speaking to al.com, Coker’s high school coach, Steve Mask, confirmed that the quarterback received an in-home visit Tuesday afternoon from UA head coach Nick Saban. Mask further confirmed that Coker has been granted a release from his Florida State scholarship, freeing him up to talk and ultimately transfer to another football program.
FSU has yet to offer any updates on Coker’s status, with Mask serving as the first “confirmation” that the redshirt sophomore will be, after months of speculation, in a different uniform for the 2014 season.
The report from al.com comes a couple of days after former Tide wide receiver Kevin Norwood let the Coker cat out of the bag during a radio interview, essentially stating that the player was all but signed, sealed and delivered to his former school.
It also comes a week after Luke Del Rio announced his transfer from Alabama. The quarterback, who was expected to vie for the job of replacing AJ McCarron under center, ultimately landed at Oregon State.
Coker played his high school football at St. Paul’s in Mobile, Ala., the same high school that produced McCarron. If Coker does end up back in his home state, he’ll likely be a part of a quarterback competition that includes McCarron’s primary 2013 backup Blake Sims and four-star 2014 recruit David Cornwell. Alec Morris could also be in the mix as well, at least early on.
As Coker will not graduate from FSU until late May, he would not be free to join the Tide until later that summer. Because he will be a graduate transfer, however, he would be eligible to play immediately and have two years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2014.
Following Clint Trickett‘s transfer from the Seminoles last spring, Coker and some guy named Jameis Winston “battled” for FSU’s starting job, with the latter winning the job and ultimately the Heisman in leading the ‘Noles to a BCS title. Coker served as Winston’s backup before suffering what turned out to be a season-ending knee injury in mid-November.
UPDATED 3:03 p.m. ET: A Florida State official has confirmed that Jacob Coker has been released from his FSU scholarship.