Alabama football needed another quarterback, and they just added one.
When you try to fill out an entire recruiting class, you have to be introspective on your own class. Alabama football’s roster needs future depth at the quarterback position, and they got it with the addition of Jalen Milroe.
Milroe flipped his commitment to the Crimson Tide after being committed to the Texas Longhorns., and Alabama hopes to flip more players. He’s the fourth-best dual threat quarterback in the 2021 class, and he will likely start for the Crimson Tide before he graduates.
It was vital for Alabama to land a quarterback recruit for many reasons. It’s always good practice to add a quarterback every year, but the Crimson Tide definitely need one for next year. It’s safe to assume that Alabama won’t be with both Mac Jones and Bryce young past this season, and Paul Tyson is the only other scholarship quarterback on the roster. Alabama is one injury or transfer away from being stretched too thin at the position.
Part of Milroe’s decision had to do with the recent Texas recruiting news. Texas received a commitment from Quinn Ewers, the best quarterback of the 2022 class. Ewers would likely beat out Milroe on the depth chart, hurting his odds of every playing for the Longhorns.
Alabama has had no correlation between QB recruiting ratings and success with the Crimson Tide. Blake Barnett and Phillip Sims are two of the highest-rated quarterbacks of the Nick Saban era, but neither of them won their quarterback battles. However, Jalen Hurts barely cracked the top 200 recruits in his class.
Alabama’s recruiting class shaping up to be one of Saban’s best. We will have to wait until the end of the recruiting cycle before we’ll have a full picture of what to expect, but it is soothing that Alabama football no longer has to worry about adding quarterbacks.
Milroe is a great addition to the 2021 recruiting class, and they are now one step closer to securing the top overall class.