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Report: Jacob Coker commits to Alabama

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Alabama may have lost a commitment this weekend from a five-star 2015 quarterback, but they, as expected, gained one from a player at the position who could help them immediately.

According to a report from BamaOnline.com, Jacob Coker committed to the Tide this weekend.  Coker informed head coach Nick Saban of his decision Saturday, the website reported.

The commitment comes a few days after Florida State publicly acknowledged that Coker had been granted a release from his scholarship and would transfer out of the FSU football program.

Coker also met with Lane Kiffin, with the website writing that the redshirt sophomore was “very impressed” with the new UA offensive coordinator.  In a sign of his level of commitment to and comfortability with the Tide, Coker stated that he will take no additional visits to other schools.

Coker played his high school football at St. Paul’s in Mobile, Ala., the same high school that produced the Tide’s starter at the position the last three years, AJ McCarron.  With Coker seemingly headed back to his home state, he’ll be a part of a quarterback competition that will include 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 and will not be able to participate in UA’s spring practice sessions.  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.

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5 Responses to “Report: Jacob Coker commits to Alabama”
  1. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jan 26, 2014 1:00 PM

    I am happy for him, since he would never play at FSU until his final year.

  2. rolltide510 says: Jan 26, 2014 1:31 PM

    Hoping this dude soaked up just enough of that ‘ol Jimbo QB magic thats capable of making people think Christian Ponder was worth a first round pick.

  3. mattacc31 says: Jan 26, 2014 2:11 PM

    I’m interested to see what he can do. During the FSU/Pitt game on Labor Day the announcers were saying Coker is pretty close to being as talented as Jameis in arm talent, playmaking, and even athleticism. While I don’t buy that since Winston accomplished a ton as a freshman it should be interesting to see what he can do with a starting job.

  4. dhardy8207 says: Jan 26, 2014 3:15 PM

    Welcome to BAMA Jacob! Glad to have one of our native sons back home…

    Roll Tide….

  5. realfootballfan says: Jan 27, 2014 1:39 PM

    mattacc31,

    He has a bigger arm than Winston and is just as athletic. The accuracy and intangibles seem to be what separated them anytime the lights went on. But Jimbo is a notoriously hard edged QB coach, so maybe he didn’t take as well to that as Jameis did and can thrive better away from that type of coaching.

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