Ricky Town’s decommitment from Alabama and subsequent pledge to Southern Cal leaves the Crimson Tide without a quarterback in the 2015 class.
With hours, the ‘Tide started looking around. Here are three quarterback options Alabama has:
EDITOR’S NOTE: All rankings, team or individual, are based on composite rankings from 247Sports.com.
- 1. JARRETT STIDHAM, STEPHENVILLE (TEXAS), 6-4/190: Stidham has become Mr. Popularity in the last two weeks, and based on actions, it seems ‘Bama wants him the most. He went from being a kid that looked like an in-stater–maybe Baylor or Texas Tech–to a guy who was offered by Alabama, Auburn and Oklahoma in about a three-day span. The Crimson Tide coaching staff visited the four-star prospect in late January and offered him a scholarship, this coming after Town decommitted. Keep an eye on this dual-threat QB, and keep in mind Saban has said he’d be more open-minded towards having a dual-threat style of QB. Not surprisingly, last week Alabama was listed as one of Stidham’s top 10 finalists.
- 2. JOSH ROSEN, BELLFLOWER (CALIF.), 6-4/205: Rosen is rated the No. 4 overall prospect in America, and depending on who you ask, it is either Town or Rosen for the No. 1 overall prospect in California this year. New Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin had some contact with Rosen when he was still at Southern Cal, so that might be a possible ‘in’. Also, Nick Saban visited Rosen two weeks ago. Keep an eye on this situation. While Rosen seems like a Pac-12 bound kid, who knows if that could change this spring.
- 3. OK, this is where it gets tricky. Names like uncommitted Torrance Gibson come up (Gibson being the stud five-star dual-threat QB that most of the country wants). If the first two candidates above don’t pan out, Bama might even start looking at other programs’ quarterbacks. Arkansas’ stud QB commitment Ty Storey is one they have had their eye on in the past, though he might be tough to wrestle loose since he’s an in-state kid with the Razorbacks. Also, Auburn QB commit Tyler Queen is a kid who fits the demeanor (as does Storey) of an Alabama quarterback. He’s a Georgia native. Basically, after the first two players listed above, it gets kind of cloudy.