It seems that Kevin Norwood did indeed know what he was talking about. The former Alabama receiver leaked word last week that Alabama would soon be landing a 6-5 quarterback transfer from Florida State. Today, Jacob Coker’s transfer from Tallahassee to Tuscaloosa is looking very, very likely.
According to ESPN.com, Coker has been released from his scholarship at FSU and is free to transfer. If he graduates this spring as expected, he’ll then enroll at Alabama. With a degree in hand, Coker could step in and compete for the Tide’s quarterback job this fall.
Coker is being built up as an elite quarterback and a potential savior for a Crimson Tide program that lacks a proven, pro-style quarterback as it heads into 2014. Maybe he is.
But he was a three-star prospect coming out of high school. He chose Florida State over offers from Arkansas State, Duke, Mississippi State and South Alabama. That’s hardly Ohio State, Texas and Southern Cal.
In two seasons with the Seminoles, Coker saw action in 10 games completing 21-of-41 passes for 295 yards, one touchdown and one interception. None of that is to say a transfer to Alabama won’t result in many more wins for the Tide. But it also doesn’t appear — at least not on paper — that Coker should be getting quite the hype that’s currently being tossed his way.
If/when Coker does slip on a crimson jersey, the expectation level will be exceedingly high for a kid who’s thrown 41 passes at the college level.