Former Florida State Seminoles QB Jacob Coker has committed to play for the Alabama Crimson Tide, according to reports from multiple sources.
It had long been rumored that Coker was set to transfer, and an in-house visit by head coach Nick Saban along with a visit to Tuscaloosa this weekend appears to have helped seal the deal.
Coker, a product of Mobile, Al., competed for and lost the starting job at FSU to eventual Heisman trophy winner Jameis Winston. He went 18-of-36 passes for 250 yards and an interception in eight games in relief of Winston.
Coker’s transfer, coupled with the decommitment of Ricky Town and the tranfer of Luke Del Rio seems to add clarity to the coming battle to replace AJ McCarron at quarterback for the Tide. While Blake Sims is the heir apparent in terms of seniority and experience, Coker’s reputation precedes him as a superlative talent.
“He’s definitely a big quarterback,” said FSU wide receiver Rashad Greene prior to the BCS National Championship Game. “He has a strong arm. He can run, he can use his legs and he’s a smart guy. He has a pinpoint ball. He’s a great quarterback.”
“I’ll never forget one day he threw an interception to me,” said Seminoles cornerback Lamarcus Joyner, “and that kid came and hit me harder than I ever been hit in my life.”
If Lane Kiffin wanted to shake up the Alabama offense in his first year on the job, he won’t lack for the tools to do it.