Alabama still wants to land a big-time quarterback, and since Ricky Town left the fold in January it has been a frustrating ride.
One of the biggest problems is that the Crimson Tide offered and received a commitment from Town last summer, and they were effectively done evaluating and “playing the game” with potential quarterbacks. When it came to the big-name QBs, the staff had to resume that “game” in the 11th hour.
Josh Rosen, Jarrett Stidham, Jake Browning, Zach Gentry … you name it, these big-name QBs have ended up picking other schools this summer. They had been courted for many, many months.
Well, Alabama offered another big-name target a scholarship this weekend. It’s an interesting chess move because California native Travis Waller–who is a four-star prospect who is rated the No. 6 dual-threat QB in the country–would also be a natural fit at Oregon, but the Ducks haven’t offered yet. However, Alabama’s offer this weekend may push Oregon to get the ball rolling and stop messing around with Waller. Granted, Oregon is waiting to see if it can somehow wrestle Texas A&M legacy Kyler Murray away from the Aggies (which isn’t likely) later this month when Murray announces…then one would think that the Ducks would offer Waller and that would be that.
Jokingly asked if things have been quiet lately, Waller told Saturday Down South on Monday night–“No it isn’t, but maybe this week things will quiet down a little. When you choose your college it’s like picking your wife and making sure she is the right one.”
Alabama might be able to change all of that, if the ‘Tide aren’t too late to the party.
Shortly after Tennessee offered in April, Waller told Saturday Down South that things were heating up. “It’s about that time,” he told SDS. “I’ll be releasing a top 10 and then a top five a few weeks after that.”
Well, he’s received so many offers since then that he’s had to step back a bit and evaluate … and the offers keep getting bigger and bigger because his stock is rising, thanks to other quarterbacks in the country picking their schools.
Stay tuned, this could get interesting for Alabama.