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Alabama confirms signing of Jacob Coker

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Just a couple of hours after reports first surfaced that Jacob Coker had committed to Alabama, the Tide has taken that commitment a step further.

UA confirmed in a press release Sunday afternoon that the quarterback has signed with the Crimson Tide and “projects to be eligible to play this fall.”  That projection is based on Coker receiving his degree from Florida State following the spring semester.  He was released from his FSU scholarship last week.

As expected, Coker will not participate in the Tide’s spring practice sessions, with the program stating that he will enroll at Alabama at some point this summer.

“We think a lot of Jake and we are excited to have him join our team,” said head coach Nick Saban in a statement. “He is not only an outstanding football player, but he is also a fine young man who we feel will be a great fit with our program at Alabama.”

Coker, who will have two years of eligibility beginning in 2014, will be a part of what’s expected to be at least a four-headed quarterback competition to replace AJ McCarron as the Tide’s starter.  The Alabama native explained in a statement sent through the university his decision to move on from the Seminoles to the Tide.

“I was very impressed with everything on my visit to Tuscaloosa,” said Coker. “I feel very comfortable with the coaches and the players, and I’m looking forward to getting started at Alabama and competing. I also want to thank my coaches and teammates at Florida State. I had a great experience there and I’m excited to build on that at Alabama.”

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13 Responses to “Alabama confirms signing of Jacob Coker”
  1. jimmy53 says: Jan 26, 2014 4:25 PM

    Good luck! He was a good Nole while he was here, and we wish him the best.

  2. greej1938l says: Jan 26, 2014 7:18 PM

    Jimmy just zip it will ya

  3. fsu01 says: Jan 26, 2014 7:57 PM

    I am glad for Jacob Coker that he will get an opportunity to play for two full years. Further the thing that impresses me the most with this student-athlete is how he truly lives up to the student part. He will use his eligibility to receive either complete a master’s or come very close to it.

  4. fsu01 says: Jan 26, 2014 8:03 PM

    Excuse me, let me rephrase that last sentence. He will use his eligibility to either receive his master’s or come close to completing the degree.

  5. normtide says: Jan 26, 2014 8:24 PM

    Welcome aboard young man, you have an opportunity, up to you to make it work for you. I can’t wait for spring to see how this works out. Thank you too the FSU fans showing class. You have a proven starter, and can’t blame this kid for wanting a shot.

  6. sillec28 says: Jan 26, 2014 9:46 PM

    Can’t blame him for wanting to get out of FSU. Only question is why he went to that cesspool in the first place.

  7. spankygreen says: Jan 26, 2014 10:00 PM

    If there was ever a state that can be associated with being a cesspool, it’s Alabama. Now granted Florida May not be far behind but Bama is surely #1

    Bull Connor
    Bombing ham
    Bloody Sunday…..

  8. iftheresahellbelow says: Jan 27, 2014 3:01 AM

    Spankygreen, you use 50+ year old events to label a state a cesspool today. Try getting your head out of the sand more often. I have been to 43 of our 50 states and not a single one of them is a cesspool, including Alabama or any other southern state. Gees, what a dumb stereotype. News flash, most people in New York and Boston aren’t jerks, Detroit isn’t as bad as they make it out, not everyone in California is liberal and high in Colorado. Increase your travel budget.

  9. whydoupost says: Jan 27, 2014 8:33 AM

    Guys living in there mom’s basement posting on websites…you’re all a bunch of douche bags really! Check that, WE all are….and we can so easily sit here and call other states and schools “cess” pools, cheaters, and other names…Idiots! Get off line, get a real life. Interact with people. Maybe get a live girlfriend even. I’m a die hard fan, but come on fellas……

  10. dhardy8207 says: Jan 27, 2014 8:41 AM

    spankygreen says;

    “If there was ever a state that can be associated with being a cesspool, it’s Alabama. Now granted Florida May not be far behind but Bama is surely #1″

    “Bull Connor
    Bombing ham
    Bloody Sunday…..”
    —————————————————————-
    Wow… Let me let you in on a few changes that have taken place in the last 50+ years since the nut house hasn’t taken you out on a field trip.

    Cell phones
    ipods/pads/ portable tablets that allow you WW access to just about anything/anywhere, and we have them here in BAMA/Birmingham.

    Cars talk to you now through a computer, can even tell you which direction to go if you’re lost.

    People of all nationalites mingle together here.
    Bull Connor is mere dust somewhere in a cemetary. Our city government is more than 60% african american. No “Blacks/Whites” only restroom and water fountains.

    But more fitting to the conversation at hand, the university of Alabama has one of the finest stadiums and athletic facilities in the country. Oh and BTW we’ve won 15 national championships, three of those within the last 5 years. Our football team is a fine mixture of races/nationalities.

    I m sure living in that padded room is depressing. Please get out more if they’ll let you!

  11. imaduffer says: Jan 27, 2014 12:04 PM

    @whydoupost,

    I know who’s the d-bag and idiot for calling other people names.

  12. Deb says: Jan 27, 2014 1:09 PM

    Guess this one didn’t get the memo that Kiffin is a downgrade from Nussmeier :roll:

  13. realfootballfan says: Jan 27, 2014 1:34 PM

    Wish him well, unless Alabama plays us in the playoffs next January that is.

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