The quarterback room for Alabama Football has been the topic of much discussion this offseason. This conversation will likely continue into fall camp and right up until the start of the 2023 season, if not beyond.
Bama’s QB room is crowded at the current moment, with five scholarship players and no clear-cut starter. All five signal-callers have multiple years of eligibility remaining. Regardless of how the 2023 season unfolds, at least one transfer out of the quarterback room feels eminent.
Who stays and who goes will remain a mystery until we have some semblance of the pecking order in the room. Either way, a new and very talented face will join the race in 2024.
5-star quarterback and Bama commit Julian Sayin had already proven he was one of the top QB prospects in the nation when he committed to Alabama Football back in November. Since then, he has only continued to get better.
Sayin attended the prestigious Elite 11 Finals event last week and showed out, taking home the MVP trophy. The rising senior showed his talent on what is arguably the biggest non-gameday stage for a high school quarterback. He outperformed the other competitors, who were hand-picked as 19 of the best quarterbacks in the nation, en route to winning the award.
Sayin then went on to win MVP of the Overtime OT7 Finals, impressing scouts all weekend.
Some have made the argument that Sayin should be considered as the no. 1 QB in the 2024 class. More important than his final recruiting ranking will be his impact when he arrives in Tuscaloosa, which could be enormous.
The priority for Alabama Football should be sorting out its 2023 quarterback situation. Ideally, someone will step up and seize the job, as opposed to winning the position by default. If this is the case, Bama will be in the comfortable position of returning a trusted starting QB in 2024, and will have the luxury of bringing Julian Sayin along slowly.
However, if the quarterbacks falter this fall, Sayin is more than good enough to come in and compete in 2024.
He projects to be the long-term face of the room, but Sayin’s time could come sooner rather than later.