AJ McCarron was born and raised in the same south Alabama town as Jacob Coker. They went to the same high school [St. Paul’s], and Coker took over the starting quarterback position after McCarron graduated and departed for Tuscaloosa. The two even work with the same private quarterback coach [David Morris].
McCarron didn’t grow up an Alabama fan, like many die-hard fans in this state. In fact, McCarron has said that playing football for Alabama was a way of giving back to his family.
Last summer his mom tweeted this picture of McCarron and his siblings that was taken long before his time at the Capstone began. Note his hat and T-shirt.
— Dee Dee McCarron (@DeeDeeBonner) July 19, 2013
Coker, meanwhile, grew up a huge Alabama fan and always wanted to play for the Tide after graduation. However, it wasn’t in the cards. By the time Alabama made him an offer, he had verbally committed to Florida State, and didn’t feel right about going back on his word.
Coker was edged out in the competition by eventual Heisman winner Jameis Winston, and Coker tranferred to his first choice. Jimbo Fisher praised Jacob Coker, and said he’s Saban’s best QB ever.
But even before Coker’s May arrival in Tuscaloosa, Saban stood firm on the company line that once fall camp begins, it’s not automatic Coker will be the starting QB. He has to compete and earn the job.
A few of Coker’s new teammates are already praising what they’ve seen from him thus far.
Wide receiver Christion Jones told USA Today, “Coker definitely has sparks that he brings to the table that’s shown that he can be one of the greatest quarterbacks to play here.”
He’s also impressed with Coker’s preparation.
“It’s just going to be all about being consistent and coming out every day and competing and being consistent with your performance.”
Amari Cooper said during SEC Media Days that Coker takes command in the huddle, and you can tell he’s experienced. Cooper is ready to see what Coker does once fall camp starts next week.
If these recent comments by Coker’s new teammates come to pass, Jimbo Fisher’s statement about Coker is spot on. And Alabama will continue a transition from having a former FSU fan leading the offense, to a Tide fan that was stuck in Seminole country until Mama called.