TUSCALOOSA -- Finally, all of the Jacob Coker to Alabama news has become official.
Coker, who was on an official visit in Tuscaloosa this weekend, has committed to Alabama.
The Crimson Tide’s official Twitter account confirmed the news on Sunday.
“Head coach Nick Saban announced Sunday that quarterback Jake Coker has signed with the Crimson Tide,” the post said.
Coker is expected to enroll at Alabama this summer after he completes his undergraduate degree at Florida State. Since he is graduating, Coker will have two years of eligibility left.
“We think a lot of Jake and we are excited to have him join our team,” Saban said in a university news release. “He is not only an outstanding football player, but he is also a fine young man who we feel will be a great fit with our program at Alabama.”
Coker played in seven games last year at FSU as the back-up to Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston. He saw action in four games as in 2012 and redshirted in 2011. Coker originally signed with FSU after leading St. Paul’s Episcopal to the state playoffs and a 10-2 record as a senior. He was also a standout basketball player who earned all-state recognition, averaging 21.9 points per game as a senior.
“I was very impressed with everything on my visit to Tuscaloosa,” Coker said in a university news release. “I feel very comfortable with the coaches and the players, and I’m looking forward to getting started at Alabama and competing. I also want to thank my coaches and teammates at Florida State. I had a great experience there and I’m excited to build on that at Alabama.”
Bamaonline.com first reported the news.
He will not count against the current recruiting class limit of 25, but will count against the team total of 85.
This season in mop-up duty, Coker completed 18 of 36 passes for 250 yards and an interception.
At 6-foot-4, 235 pounds, Coker is expected to push for the starting job from the day he arrives on campus.
In an interview with CBSSports.com, Florida State quarterback coach Randy Sanders raved about Coker.
“I’ve never had anybody with his size who throws it as well as he does,” Sanders told CBSSports.com. “Jake has a really quick release with tremendous arm strength. Rarely does it not spiral or not go where he wants it to go.”
Sanders was also asked if Coker’s arm is better than Winston’s.
“Coker’s arm is kind of at a different level,” Sanders said. “Jameis has a very special arm, and this isn’t any knock against Jameis, but Jake’s probably the best I’ve seen in 25 years at throwing it.”
With Coker, the Tide will also have senior Blake Sims, redshirt sophomore Alec Morris, redshirt freshmen Cooper Bateman and Parker McLeod and true freshman David Cornwell.Walk-on quarterback Luke Del Rio transferred to Oregon State earlier this month.