"Coach Shula, coach [Bob] Connelly, and coach [Buddy] Wyatt spent two hours at my house last night. We talked about everything. It was a great visit. At the end of the night I told them I was coming to Alabama. They started hugging me, and were all very excited. They told me I was their guy. Everything worked out perfectly," McElroy added.
The unmatched tradition was one of the biggest reasons the Texas gunslinger chose the Tide.
"The tradition at Alabama and the opportunity to play in the SEC were two reasons why I chose Alabama," McElroy said. "The tradition at Alabama is unmatched. Twelve national championships, Joe Namamth, Kenny Stabler and all the other great players who played on that same field is really special to me."
"When I was in Tuscaloosa hanging out with all the other commitments they were talking about the tradition of Alabama. We want to make our own tradition and help Alabama win a couple national championships."
McElroy informed the Texas Tech coaching staff about his decision. Though it was easy to commit to Alabama, it was difficult to inform the Red Raider staff about his decision.
"I let them know about my decision," he said. "I really appreciate everything they have done for me. It was very hard to tell them about my decision, but Alabama is the place where I want to go."
After a great senior campaign, passing for over 4,600 yards, McElroy is eager to begin his college career in Tuscaloosa.
"I am so excited," he said. "I can't wait to get there. I am looking forward to spending the next five years of my life in Tuscaloosa. Hopefully, I will contribute both on-and-off the field."
McElroy plans to enroll at Alabama for the second session of summer school.