Cooper Bateman went from high school in Utah, where he graduated in December, into Christmas break awaiting some big steps ahead.
After the Holiday, he traveled to Orlando, Fla. for the Under Armour All-America practices. Bateman made an impact all week both on and off the field, often mingling with fellow Alabama commits while trying to recruit others in between practices.
During the game on Jan. 4, Bateman engineered the only touchdown in the game en route to leading Team Highlight (the Black team) to a 16-3 win.
Just three nights later, the 6-foot-3, 205-pounder witnessed the Crimson Tide take home its third title in four seasons after dismantling Notre Dame.
"It just makes me excited to know that I'm going to be a part of it," he admitted the next morning. "They were talking on Sports Center saying that business starts up again on Thursday."
The business for Bateman was accelerated the day after watching the BCS Championship, considering he moved into his dorm room in Tuscaloosa with fellow 2013 quarterback Parker McLeod as his roommate.
"It's just a matter of setting everything up!" said Bateman on his adjustment to dorm life.
But said adjustment will be accelerated once football activities begin. The recently-graduated high schooler says although fun to think about, he's ready.
Said Batemen, "There's a team meeting, and knowing that I'd be in the meeting is crazy to think!"
Alabama returns standout quarterback A.J. McCarron, and Bateman enters this spring with McLeod, three-star walk-on Luke Del Rio and former pro baseball player Jai Miller as true freshmen looking to push for the backup quarterback spot this spring.