Alabama’s hunt for a quarterback in the 2018 recruiting cycle may be in its final days.
East Carolina graduate transfer quarterback Gardner Minshew told SEC Country that he is visiting Tuscaloosa this Friday. AL.com’s Matt Zenitz was first to report Minshew’s visit. Minshew, who has one year of eligibility left and the potential for a redshirt year, recently told SEC Country that he’s leaning toward the Tide.
“Alabama 100 percent leads,” Minshew said. “They were the first ones to hit me up. There haven’t been many schools to hit me up. I told the [Alabama] coaches that it was a situation that was favorable for me. I’m in. They told me they’re in, so I’m in on them. That’s where I’m at right now.”
Minshew threw for 2,140 yards, 16 touchdowns with 7 interceptions this past season for the Pirates. He was was expected to be ECU’s No. 1 quarterback this spring, but transferred from the program in late January because of an emergency family situation. He sent his release out to schools “within driving distance” from his home in Brandon, Miss. Schools in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee received his release.
Alabama was one of the first schools to reach out to Minshew. He said he initially spoke to offensive coordinator Mike Locksley, but his primary communication has been with quarterbacks coach Dan Enos. He’s also had one phone conversation with Saban.
The path to immediate playing time in Tuscaloosa is going to be quite difficult for Minshew with Jalen Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa on the roster, but Alabama is an appealing option for him because it’s only about a 2 1/2-hour drive from his family’s home in Brandon, Miss., and that is priority No. 1 to Minshew right now.
“As far as getting on the field right away [at Alabama], it’s going to be a grind,” Minshew said. “They told me that I can come in and compete. That’s all I ask for. I know where I’m coming in at. They have two really, really, really good young guys. I can’t say enough about them, their leadership and maturity. I just hope to bring in work ethic, leadership and more maturity. I want to help out that room any way I can.”