It looks like former Alabama QB Cooper Bateman, who announced his transfer following the SEC Championship in December, has found his new school.
According to a report by Kyle Goon of the Salt Lake Tribune, Batman has enrolled at Utah less than 15 miles from where he played high school football at Cottonwood High School in Salt Lake City, Utah. Scott Garrard of 1280 The Zone in Utah first noted that Bateman appeared to be enrolled at the school based on its online student registry.
Not sure how many Cooper Batemans there are in the world, but one is now enrolled at the University of Utah. pic.twitter.com/B5JHv4Y6sC
— Scott Garrard (@ScottyG1280) January 26, 2017
However, according to Goon’s report, it’s uncertain what role Bateman will play with the Utes and the school opted not to comment on his status with the team.
Utah returns starting quarterback Troy Williams, who threw for 2,575 yards and a 15-to-8 touchdown-to-interception ratio, although the Utes have brought in Troy Taylor as their new offensive coordinator and no starting jobs have been guaranteed.
Bateman could have an advantage in that he’d be playing with former high school teammates Siale Fakailoatonga and Lo Falemaka, who are expected to start at tight end and center, respectively. However, Utah is already expected to have a crowded quarterback room with Williams and Tyler Huntley returning and 3-star dual-threat quarterback Jason Shelley set to join the team soon. Bateman did experiment a little at receiver during his Alabama career, Goon notes.
The former Elite-11, 4-star quarterback saw his Alabama career end with just 410 yards, 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions operating only in mop-up duty. He held an offer from Utah when he committed to Alabama as a member of the class of 2013, ranked the No. 4 pro-style quarterback that season.