Parker McLeod: Alabama picks up Georgia QB

Nick Saban has 16 commitments for 2103, including two from Walton High School (Chick-fil-A)

Nick Saban has 16 commitments for 2013, including two from Walton High School (Chick-fil-A)

Alabama coach Nick Saban finally landed one of Georgia’s top 2013 quarterbacks.

Parker McLeod, a 6-foot-3, 185-pounder from Walton High School, committed to Alabama on Wednesday and finally went public with it on Friday. He had 10 offers, with Oklahoma State as his second favorite.

“Alabama was my dream school all along,” McLeod said. “I got a firm offer from them on Wednesday and I committed on the spot. They wanted me to wait a little bit, or until Friday, until I went public with it.”

Alabama’s coaches likely wanted to inform other QBs they were courting. The Crimson Tide liked several in Georgia:

Saban had serious flirtations, including a 90-minute Skype call, with Camden County’s Brice Ramsey, who remains committed to UGA. Alabama also offered Marietta’s Anthony Jennings (committed to LSU) and Cedar Grove’s Johnathan McCrary (Vanderbilt).

“It’s a tremendous honor to play for Coach Saban,” McLeod said. “He has a reputation for being a great coach. It’s going to be awesome to tell play that ‘I play for Nick Saban.’ It’s an honor.”

McLeod, a 3-star recruit, committed to Alabama despite the fact that Crimson Tide has another QB in the same recruiting class (Cooper Bateman of Utah) who is ranked among top five in the nation. McLeod said that didn’t dissuade his decision.

Bama-bound QB Parker McLeod (AJC)

Bama-bound QB Parker McLeod (AJC)

“I know there’s going to be competition wherever I go,” McLeod said. “[Bateman] was not much a factor on my choice. The Alabama coaches told me that they would give us both an equal shot to compete. I’m just looking forward to competing and trying to get my spot.”

McLeod is the second Walton senior to commit to Alabama, following in the footsteps of tailback Tyren Jones, who picked the Crimson Tide over UGA. “I know, that’s great. I didn’t choose Alabama because of Tyren. But it’s going to be cool to play with Tyren as a teammate for another four years. I think that should be fun.”

McLeod and Jones helped lead Walton to last year’s Class AAAAA state championship, where it lost to Grayson.

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251 comments Add your comment

Big Crimson 75

June 8th, 2012
6:25 pm

Roll Tide!!
Welcome to the Capstone young man.

sogadog

June 8th, 2012
6:27 pm

Nick Saban is proving that a national championship team can be built with players from the state of Georgia which begs the question, why has’nt UGA won a national championship in 32 years?

pete

June 8th, 2012
6:28 pm

It’s bama, so no one is interested!

Bama bred

June 8th, 2012
6:33 pm

the next to commit to alabama will be … derrick henry!

GtDawg

June 8th, 2012
6:35 pm

Bama still waitn on Henry, lol

Wet Willie...keep on smiling

June 8th, 2012
6:38 pm

Welcome to the Red Head. Nick trying to build a little depth at QB. Roll Tide. Carswell is out at Bama and the rumor is he’s headed to Juco for this year.

A person SMART enough to know......

June 8th, 2012
6:39 pm

Good for Him.

Roster Manager

June 8th, 2012
6:43 pm

16 commits down, 9 more to go. RTR

Rowdy_Red_Pachyderm

June 8th, 2012
6:43 pm

One more Georgia kid who wishes to play on a National Contending team every year of his collegiate career.

UGA fans will condemn you for it, but in twenty years from now who will care, and you will have rings of champions in your dresser drawer from making the right choice.

GtDawg

June 8th, 2012
6:44 pm

@Willie but, but, Nobody leaves Bama. Never, Ever leaves Bama!

Big Crimson 75

June 8th, 2012
6:45 pm

Willie — Carswell needs to hit the road & take Michael Bowmann with him.

Damn, this kid’s got some red on that head!!
I like his moxy already!! Committing 1 week after Bateman — He’s not scared of a little competition.

Destin Dawg

June 8th, 2012
6:45 pm

this is good news.. a 3 star.. a 3rd choice QB… behind Ramsey and Jennings.. Go dawgs !!

Destin Dawg

June 8th, 2012
6:48 pm

Saban wanted you to ” Wait a while ” means your a grey shirt prospect !!

ALABAMA FOOTBALL

June 8th, 2012
6:48 pm

ROLL TIDE ROLL!

Destin Dawg

June 8th, 2012
6:55 pm

what an idiot,, Saban sends 105 hand written letters to the same Ga. player ??

kerryb

June 8th, 2012
7:00 pm

I guess he’s the consolation prize for not getting Brice Ramsey. Ramsey obviously told him “No”.

Poopdawg

June 8th, 2012
7:10 pm

Congratulations Parker, and good luck.

HighTech

June 8th, 2012
7:13 pm

Truth

June 8th, 2012
7:14 pm

Congratulations Parker!!

David C

June 8th, 2012
7:16 pm

Smart Kid. Really he has 4.0 GPA. He will play for at least 1 National Championship the 4 years at Bama.

Death Penalty

June 8th, 2012
7:16 pm

Looks like Georgia State will be getting a good one in 2015.

davidinloganville

June 8th, 2012
7:25 pm

congratulations to McLeod and his family.

tide roll is not going to like this

June 8th, 2012
7:26 pm

Will go ballistic once he sees the kid’s picture.

Congrats to the young man from this UGA fan/grad.

cdpridg

June 8th, 2012
7:34 pm

Looks like ol nick is slipping….4th choice….qbs had rather go to vandy than bama…..wow!

Maconbulldog

June 8th, 2012
7:41 pm

Congrats to this Young man… he can go ahead and roll tide…..Brice Ramsey he can Go Dawgs…. good pick Bama… :)

A person SMART enough to know......

June 8th, 2012
7:48 pm

Funny thing is IF hes chose Vandy or Ga TECH the NERD punchline would be on EVERY not Vandy or Ga tech bloggers post.

BigDawg

June 8th, 2012
7:51 pm

Derrick Henry might “flip” because Marshall and Gurley committed (and signed) after he did. I would like him to join us and help us remake Running Back U but wish him well either way. We are set at most skill positions, need some more beef!

A person SMART enough to know......

June 8th, 2012
7:54 pm

every NON Vandy or Ga Tech………..sorry

Started drinking and cooking the ribs for the BELMONT…………..real mad…….. I’ll have Another……. took the OUT and is not going to risk his Stud fees. Better said that he COULD HAVE WON the TRIPLE CROWN than…….He got hurt/choked in the TRIPLE CROWN.
$50,000 purchase price and HIGH STUD fees or Lost the Belmont and possible injury or Doping allegations and NO STUD FEES.

01HAWK

June 8th, 2012
8:02 pm

Cooper BATEMAN is higher rated than Brice Ramsey……………………JUST SAYIN

RTR

yellowfever

June 8th, 2012
8:06 pm

It still sucks to be a georgia bullfrog I mean bullsh!t, I mean bulldog.

Vampire Bill

June 8th, 2012
8:07 pm

that pretty much cements Brice as a dawg as he was all along.

LousianaMonroe anyone????

June 8th, 2012
8:07 pm

The only time I say ‘roll tide” is when i gotta wipe my a$$ !!

Paul in NH

June 8th, 2012
8:09 pm

Congrats to McLeod – good to see a fellow redhead doing well.
He does kind of look like Mike McQueary though.

Facts

June 8th, 2012
8:09 pm

01HAWK

June 8th, 2012
8:09 pm

cdpridg

June 8th, 2012
7:34 pm

Looks like ol nick is slipping….4th choice….qbs had rather go to vandy than bama…..wow!

You can not read or you are just uneducated.

None of the QB in this article are rated higher than ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Cooper Bateman

Cooper Bateman of Utah) who is ranked among the top five in the nation.

01HAWK

June 8th, 2012
8:12 pm

32 years and waiting is a long time.

92, 2009, 2011………………………Feels good to ROLL WITH THE TIDE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WOW………………………………3 Championships since you won your last one. Must SUCK to be a DOG.

First SEC School to win a WOMENS SOFTBALL CHANPIONSHIP.

RHall55

June 8th, 2012
8:12 pm

Congrats to this young man!! I think LSU got the better QB!! Only time will tell w/ the supporting cast!!

Jman

June 8th, 2012
8:13 pm

Congratulations young man….good luck at Ga Southern in 2 years when you are “part of the process”

LousianaMonroe anyone????

June 8th, 2012
8:16 pm

What kind of lies is the midget giving Derrick henry. Heck your backfield is as loaded as ours !! Don’t do it Derrick !! Don’t give your soul to the “devil” … lol

01HAWK

June 8th, 2012
8:17 pm

LousianaMonroe anyone????

Lets see…………………………….Central Florida, Colorado………………………Lost to Michigan State team that BAMA killed…………………….Lost to LSU team that BAMA shut out.

GET A LIFE

magnolia Dawg

June 8th, 2012
8:17 pm

Son enjoy the college experience and we wish u good luck except for when u play my Georgia Dawgs. Get ur degree and live ur life. Everyone is not going to their state schools.

01HAWK

June 8th, 2012
8:19 pm

Jman

June 8th, 2012
8:13 pm

Congratulations young man….good luck at Ga Southern in 2 years when you are “part of the process”

You are so correct. BAMA is stacked at every position. Only the best win out and the rest will have to transfer.

Rating the GA QB's

June 8th, 2012
8:19 pm

1. Ramsey/UGA. biggest potential, strongest arm, least experience in wing T offense, huge upside.
2. Jennings /LSU. Most ready to play, most experienced in sophisticated offense, tied with McCrary as best running QB, tough competitor, perfect mechanics, strong arm.’
3. McCrary/Vandy. Solid duel threat, best chance to start early, extremely athletic.
4. McLeod/Bama: Most underrated, plays in running offense, pretty good arm, very accurate, heady, plays to win but likely will end up like Calhoun’s Nance at UT and never seen again, hopefully not. Very good kid.
5. Alpharetta’s QB. Next best athlete at QB behind Jennnings andMcCrary. Very raw but has extremely good potential once he gets in a college regime. Probably a two year wait in college learning the system like UGA’s Lemay.
6. Printz/UCLA. Nice kid with the biggest father promoter in history, billing him as second coming of Unitas/Montana whoever since middle school. Good mechanics, good fit for a June Jones scheme but not strong enough or accurate enough on the deep passes. Hope he does well on the west coast.

01HAWK

June 8th, 2012
8:21 pm

Are you DOG POUNDERS ever going to win aBCS CHAMPIONSHIP in my life time ? Probably not

01HAWK

June 8th, 2012
8:24 pm

Alabama landed its fifteenth commitment of the 2013 recruiting class on Thursday night when Sugar Land, Texas cornerback Maurice Smith announced his commitment to the Crimson Tide via press release.

The commitment moves Alabama past Michigan in the 247Sports team recruiting rankings, giving the Tide the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation currently.

good for Cobb County

June 8th, 2012
8:25 pm

And congrats to Cobb County’s third major QB commit, Parker McLeod at Walton, now with Printz at UCLA and Jennings at LSU. I wish each young man well and hope they all have a great college experience.

01HAWK

June 8th, 2012
8:26 pm

4 Championships this year for BAMA

1. Football
2. Softball
3. Gymnastics
4. Womens Golf

No brag………………………..Just FACTS

Columbus

June 8th, 2012
8:34 pm

Bama got their 4th choice at GA QB’s. Go Dawgs!

Do not they have any athletes in the state of Alabama? When they win something, it dont really mean as much does it since most of their starters are not home grown. Whatever they are toast the next 6 years anyway. Stop the run and the qb’s cant do much and the run will be stopped by UGA.

I CANNOT WAIT FOR UGA TO MEE BAMA IN THE SEC CHAMPIONSHIP! IF BAMA CAN MAKE IT….

Columbus

June 8th, 2012
8:36 pm

Bama sucks. Period.

They are like the New York Yankees of college football.

Bama and Auburn take turns at being “the best team money can buy”

01HAWK

June 8th, 2012
8:36 pm

Columbus

BIG TALK from fans that got STOMPED BY LSU