Top-five QB Bateman commits to Alabama

The University of Alabama has landed a premier quarterback in the class of 2013 as four-star signal caller Cooper Bateman committed to the reigning BCS national champions on Wednesday.

Four-star quarterback Cooper Bateman chose Alabama on Wednesday, committing to the school that won last season's BCS national championship.

"I am honored that I will get to learn from Coach [Nick] Saban and Coach [Doug] Nussmeier and will get to represent Alabama, the state and the university," Bateman said from Cottonwood High School in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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"This has been a great time in my life," Bateman said. "I have had the rare opportunity to be able to choose from many great schools that would allow me to get a college degree and continue to play the game that I love."

The 6-3, 205-pounder is ranked fourth among quarterbacks in the 2013 class on He joins an already loaded 2013 list of commitments for the Crimson Tide, headlined by Scout's No. 2 overall prospect, five-star linebacker Reuben Foster.

"This has been a very difficult decision only because I was able to meet and get to know so many wonderful coaches at so many great universities," Bateman said.

Other scholarship offers included Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas, Auburn, Boise State, BYU, California, Colorado, Florida, Maryland, Ole Miss, Purdue, UCLA, Utah, Utah State and Washington.

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"I want to thank my coaches at Cottonwood for all they have done for me and mostly to my parents who have made this all possible," Bateman said.

Bateman threw for 2,484 yards and 25 touchdowns in 2011. He is expected to join Alabama an an early enrollee.

His commitment leaves No. 8 Kevin Olsen as the top uncommitted quarterback prospect in the class.

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