Alabama Football: 2018 QB target chooses Ivy League over Tide

TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 09: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide walks to the field prior to the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game against the Clemson Tigers at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 09: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide walks to the field prior to the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game against the Clemson Tigers at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) /
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Alabama football has one less 2018 quarterback prospect as 4-Star, Brevin White is sticking with Princeton. Will the Tide sign a QB in the 2018 class?

Nick Saban has a plan and the 2018 recruiting plan must now include Brevin White choosing the Ivy League over Alabama football. The Tide has few remaining options for adding a QB in 2018. One of those options is to wait until 2019 and sign two QB’s.

Alabama football still has 3-Star Brock Purdy on its radar. After interest was shown by Alabama, Purdy received an offer from Jimbo Fisher and he is visiting Texas A&M this weekend.

White has NFL dreams but he also wants to major in economics for a career outside football. He committed to Princeton last July over Power 5 schools. White told cbssports.com,

"I just wanted to stick with my heart. I wanted to lay out whats important to me and what school offers me the best opportunity to achieve goals on an off field. Alabama is a great school and a great opportunity, but Princeton checks more boxes"

Backup quarterbacks often choose transfers to get on the field. Alabama football only has three quarterbacks on the current roster. An offseason transfer from one of them would make the Tide too vulnerable to future injuries. Nick Saban wants four quarterbacks on his roster every season. If the fourth for Alabama football does not become Brock Purdy, there are no obvious solutions.

It is hard to imagine a graduate transfer coming to Alabama to sit behind three guys or even two. There are walk-on opportunities. Purdy was originally only given a walk-on option to join the Tide. Alabama football legacy, Braxton Barker is scheduled to visit Tuscaloosa this weekend. Barker is not currently rated with any ‘stars’ in his recruiting profile.

Quarterback rumors

FWIW (not much) there are rumblings on message boards that Saban has decided to not sign a scholarship QB in the 2018 class. If that is true, it could only mean that the Tide does not have room. Few Alabama football fans will argue that defensive backs, defensive linemen and inside linebackers are a higher priority.

Alabama football should have a strong inside advantage in signing two QB’s in the 2019 class. One is Tua’s brother Taulia Tagovailoa. The other is Bear Bryant’s great-grandson, Paul Tyson. Both are rated as 4-Stars in the 2019 class.

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2018 recruiting news changes frequently in these final days of the cycle. Check in with us often to stay informed.