January 30, 2012

2012 Breakdown: Quarterbacks

Although it may have missed out on its top targets at quarterbacks this year, the University of Alabama is happy to be bringing in Alec Morris. He's an under-the-radar prospect from a winning program in Texas, similar to former Crimson Tide signal caller Greg McElroy. UA also may still have an outside chance with Florida State commitment Jameis Winston, the No. 1 quarterback in the country.

This is the seventh in an eight-part series looking at Alabama's 2012 recruiting class as National Signing Day approaches.


1. Alec Morris

High School: Allen High School (Allen, Texas)

Height/Weight: 6-foot-3, 235 pounds

Analysis: When Alec Morris committed to the University of Alabama, he was an unknown to Crimson Tide fans. UA had just missed out on top quarterback prospects Gunner Kiel and Jameis Winston, and they get a kid who was previously committed to Wake Forest and his only other offer was to North Texas. Still, the Alabama coaching staff felt like he was the best fit of the remaining quarterbacks and made him the signal caller of the future. Morris may be under-the-radar, but he's used to having success. He played for Allen High School in Texas, one of the premier programs in the country. At 6-foot-3, 235 pounds, he's a big kid with a strong arm, who also has a nice touch on his throws. I don't expect him to play much his first couple years with AJ McCarron and Phillip Sims still in front of him, but similar to former UA quarterback Greg McElroy, I could see taking the reigns as a junior or senior.

Quotable: "When it came down to it, I was going to college to play football, and there wasn't a better place to do that than Alabama. That's why I chose Alabama."

Morris scouting video

2. Jameis Winston

High School: Hueytown High School

Height/Weight: 6-foot-4, 200 pounds

Analysis: There are reports out there saying that Jameis Winston has eliminated the University of Alabama from contention, but with recruiting, I've learned that you never know until the kid signs the papers. Winston, who is currently committed to Florida State, has entertained the UA coaching staff numerous times this month and is also hearing from the Crimson Tide's current commitments. I don't expect anything to change, but Winston recently said himself that anything can happen. The 6-foot-4 quarterback is the top-ranked player in the country at his position and has the ability to both run and pass. He shined at the Elite 11 camp over the summer and was named in the Offensive MVP at the Under Armour All-America Game. Winston could also go the Major League Baseball route as he's expected to be selected in the top three rounds at this year's draft.

Quotable: "They're my boys. I love Alabama. My favorite coach left, Coach Sal (Sunseri), so that kind of hurt me. Other then that, it's just anything can happen, but right now, I'm solid to Florida State."

Morris scouting video

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