A.J. McCarron elected to return for a senior season at Alabama soon after winning another national title in January, and the possible battle for the 2013 QB job became irrelevant. Cooper Bateman and Parker McLeod join the discussion as backup candidates as well as Luke Del Rio, the three-star walk-on that enrolled with the class of 2013 pair soon after the title game.
Alec Morris returns as do a handful of others, as spring ball nears, in what will be a preview to the open QB battle for the 2014 season. There are still some names to be thrown into that mix, and that is the recent recruiting focus of Nick Saban and company.
Saban personally called David Cornwell and DeShone Kizer to offer verbal scholarships on Monday, and he reached out to Tyler Harris last month after letting Jacob Park know he had one on national signing day. Each signal-caller has additional big-time offers and each brings something different to the table.
We'll take a look at each in the order they were notified of their UA offer.
Jacob Park, 6-foot-3, 200 lbs | Stratford High (Goose Creek, SC)
Thoughts on Alabama: Park was impressed with Saban calling him on national signing day to offer, but he's not playing the favorites game early on. He had a nice time at Alabama's most recent Junior Day (Feb. 23), but didn't mention anything specific standing out. Park won't be making a decision any time soon, as he is in square one of his recruitment.
As a prospect: As been somewhat of a trend with these offers, Park is one of the more mobile quarterbacks Alabama has offered in recent memory. His high school uses designed runs with him, but he's not a run-first QB by any means. He uses his legs to set up his passes more times than not, and has a variety of ways to get the ball where it needs to be. Park is creative and calm under pressure, and he delivers a solid ball either from the pocket or on the run.
Tyler Harris, 6-foot-4, 210 lbs | Pierce County High (Blackshear, GA)
Thoughts on Alabama: Harris was nearly floored by the offer, given by Saban in person on Junior Day last month, and it's hard not to think Alabama leads for his services at this point. UA was his first offer and he's since added Mississippi State to his list. Plenty of others will jump in over the summer, as well.
As a prospect: Harris is a conventional pocket-passer, though he does have awareness to get out of trouble when defenders are closing in on him. He's tough in the pocket and excels at getting the ball down the field with great touch and above-average arm strength. Harris is very accurate in short-to-intermediate routes as well, often throwing down on his big frame.
David Cornwell, 6-foot-5, 215 lbs | Norman High-North (Norman, OK)
Thoughts on Alabama: After battling the flu and fielding several calls within the last week, Cornwell finally got the call from Saban on Monday. While it's strange that home-town Oklahoma has yet to offer, the junior isn't shy about leaving home to play ball. He was on Alabama's campus for the Junior Day in late January.
As a prospect: Cornwell is another pocket-passer than can make plays with his feet when necessary. Similar to Harris in his big frame and big arm, he can get the ball down the field with the best of them. Cornwell may have the best touch in the group, and he hangs in the pocket until the very last second to give wideouts that much more time to create separation from defenders.
Kizer is an exciting dual-threat QB.
DeShone Kizer, 6-foot-5, 205 lbs | Central Catholic High (Toledo, OH)
Thoughts on Alabama: Kizer told us he was privileged and honored to receive an offer from Alabama and all the schools on his ever-growing list. Saban informed him of the offer on Monday, soon after he spoke to Cornwell, and it impressed Kizer to the point that UA jumped up his list pretty quickly. Last he spoke about it, everyone is chasing Michigan State.
As a prospect: Kizer is the true dual-threat in this group, with top-notch ability to run away from defenders whether it be on a designed play or a scramble. He has a big arm and will take risks down the field, but needs to work on his underneath game and short-to-intermediate accuracy. The Ohioan has sooner-than-later star potential wherever he signs because of his big-play ability.
While four offers have been sent out by Saban, it doesn't mean this list is set-in-stone just yet. All Alabama quarterback offers are contingent on throwing for the staff in person either at camp in Tuscaloosa over the summer or at a designated workout in which several colleges may attend. Players that may take advantage of one or both methods of snagging a Bama offer include four-star Californian Brandon Dawkins and three-star Pa. product Chandler Kincade, both of whom have already been on Alabama's of late.