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.
“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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