There’s one less quarterback on the board for Alabama in the Class of 2017.
Jake Bentley, a four-star prospect from Opelika (Ala.) High School, announced his commitment to South Carolina Thursday morning. Bentley was one of Alabama’s top quarterback targets after the Crimson Tide lost a commitment from Jake Fromm to UGA earlier this month.
There may not have been much that Alabama could have done to earn Bentley’s commitment. After all, his father, Bobby, is the running backs coach at South Carolina.
“It was nothing Alabama did,” Bentley said when asked if Alabama could have done anything differently. “I just felt like South Carolina was the best fit for me.”
Shortly after Bentley received an offer from the Crimson Tide a few weeks ago, he told SEC Country that Alabama was one of his top schools along with South Carolina, Stanford, Miami, Nebraska and LSU. He talked about Nick Saban’s message to him and where the head coach thought Bentley could fit into the program.
“(Saban) said that I was a great fit for their system and I have what it takes to be successful,” Bentley said. “It doesn’t seem like they put a lot of pressure on quarterbacks to have to make a play to win a game because of their great tradition of running backs and great defense.”
With Bentley off the board, two of Alabama’s top targets remain uncommitted — Tua Tagovailoa (four-star, Honolulu) and Bailey Hockman (four-star, Powder Springs, Ga.). Both list Alabama as one of their top schools.
All rankings are provided by the 247Sports composite unless otherwise noted.
Chris Kirschner covers Alabama football recruiting for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play in Bryant-Denny.