TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — All the youngsters in the quarterback room has put Alabama football in an unique position going forward.
As it stands, Jalen Hurts is a rising junior, Tua Tagovalioa is a rising sophomore and Mac Jones is a redshirt freshman. No matter who wins the job and starts in the fall, Alabama is set to have a multiple-year starter over the next few seasons. It’s a similar spot to what the team was in when AJ McCarron won the job in 2011 as a redshirt sophomore. Alabama’s quarterback recruiting seemingly took a dip as high-profile players didn’t want to wait behind McCarron.
For the first time since 2007, which was Saban’s first year in Tuscaloosa, Alabama didn’t sign a quarterback in its recruiting class.
“I think that we’ll probably have a quarterback join us, some kind of way between now and then, which I don’t think I can comment about,” Saban said.
While Saban couldn’t comment on specifics, Braxton Barker is expected to walk on at Alabama. He’s the son of Alabama legend Jay Barker, who was the quarterback of Alabama’s 1992 championship team.
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Saban didn’t seem overly concerned with not bringing in a quarterback, at least publicly. Alabama is in a good spot with both Hurts and Tagovailoa as well as Jones, who has yet to see action.
“Look, when you have really good young players at a position, sometimes it’s hard to attract another guy at that particular position,” Saban said. “I think you all know our circumstance at quarterback right now with the players we have here, the grade they are in and how much more eligibility they have. So rather reach for somebody, we would rather try to solve the issue another way.
“Maybe get a more experienced guy down the road, and certainly think that next year we might be in a position to get a really good player at that position who could be someone who could impact us in the future.”
Beyond quarterback, Saban mentioned defensive line and outside linebacker as two spots the Crimson Tide would have liked to sign at least one more player. At outside linebacker, Alabama could lose Anfernee Jennings, Christian Miller and Terrell Lewis after this season.
Alabama lost Da’Ron Payne and Josh Frazier along the defensive line.
Alabama signed two true defensive linemen and four outside linebacker types.