Nick Saban discusses missing out on Jake Fromm during last year's recruiting cycle
Back in 2016, Georgia QB Jake Fromm was actually an Alabama commit, but ultimately flipped to the Bulldogs before signing day.
The rest, as they say, is history, as Fromm has led the Bulldogs to the National Championship Game against, you guessed it, Alabama.
Ahead of the big-time matchup, Alabama coach Nick Saban held a College Football Playoff teleconference and commented on the Tide’s pursuit of Fromm, saying they were excited to have him, but understood there was always a chance he flipped to Georgia:
“Well, we thought he was a fantastic player, very instinctive, very smart, makes great choices and decisions, doesn’t — always puts his team in the best play that they can be in,” he said. “I think he does a lot of check-with-me’s, which for a freshman quarterback probably demonstrates his knowledge of the game and preparation and intelligence. He’s always been a — was a fantastic passer and remains that way.
“We thought he was a great player. We had him in camp, and we were excited to have him be a part of our program, but we also understood when Kirby went to Georgia and Kirby was recruiting him that there was a chance of that happening.”
Alabama, of course, isn’t exactly hurting at the quarterback position, as they have sophomore Jalen Hurts as the starter and talented freshman Tua Tagovailoa as a backup.
Still, it would be interesting to see what would have happened had Fromm stayed with the Crimson Tide.