The Alabama Crimson Tide released a statement on Sunday evening announcing that quarterback Jake Coker would be joining Nick Saban‘s team this fall.
This could be really big news for Saban and the Tide. Coker will come to Tuscaloosa after playing two seasons for the Florida State Seminoles, where he was known as Jacob Coker. In 2013, Coker played in seven games for the Seminoles, passing for 250 yards and no touchdowns, with one interception. He did rush for one touchdown.
His only career touchdown pass came in 2012, when he connected with Kelvin Benjamin on a 19-yard scoring play against Savannah State.
Coker went head-to-head for the starting job with eventual Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston before losing out on the starting job. With Winston set to start again this fall, Coker decided to transfer back to his home state.
Upon completing his degree in Tallahassee, Coker will make the move to Tuscaloosa and will not have to sit out a year. He will be immediately eligible to play this fall, and he will have the opportunity to step into a starting job with a team that should compete for a national championship.
With the departure of A.J. McCarron, the Tide’s quarterback job is up for grabs. Coker will join Cooper Bateman, Parker McLeod, Alec Morris and Blake Sims in the competition to replace McCarron, who led Alabama to two BCS National Championships.
Adding Coker to the mix does bring a measure of experience to the position. However, Coker will not participate in spring drills because he will be completing his degree. Upon his arrival in the fall, he will need to learn the Alabama offense, under new coordinator Lane Kiffin, as well as getting to know his teammates.
Coker has a ton of physical ability, and if he can get acclimated to Saban and his style of play, he could have an impact for the Tide in the fall.
Tim Letcher is a contributing writer for RantSports.com and a member of the Football Writers Association of America. Follow him on Twitter @TimLetcher , on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.