Bailey Hockman is one of three main quarterback targets Alabama is focusing on now that the Crimson Tide have lost Jake Fromm to Georgia.
Hockman, a four-star prospect from McEachern High School (Powder Springs, Ga.), told SEC Country that Alabama is in his top five along with Auburn, Tennessee, Florida State and North Carolina, in no official order.
Alabama has turned up the heat as of late on the left-handed gunslinger, and he says if he were to commit to the Tide, he knows what the reason would be.
“They just played in a national championship on the biggest stage,” Hockman said. “If you go there, you’re going to get drafted, most likely. They’re just a really good team and they have great coaches.”
Now Alabama will have some competition with the schools listed above. In fact, the Tide may have a little bit of catching up to do.
“Florida State, Tennessee and North Carolina have been there prior to everything with Alabama,” Hockman said.
He did say that he doesn’t think Alabama’s late interest should hurt its chances, however.
The 6-foot-2, 210-pounder did have an offer from Alabama almost two years ago. That offer seemed to be off the table after Alabama received Fromm’s commitment last year.
After Fromm de-committed a few weeks ago, Nick Saban reached out to Kyle Hockman, Bailey’s father and his head coach at McEachern High School, and reaffirmed that the offer was actually still on the table.
Hockman is aware that there are two other quarterbacks Alabama is targeting right now: four-stars Tua Tagovailoa (Honolulu) and Jake Bentley (Opelika, Ala). Some Crimson Tide coaches are expected in the metro-Atlanta area this spring to see Hockman throw once again to see if he should be their No. 1 guy.
“It’s kind of been what they have told the other guys,” Hockman said when asked what the message from the coaches has been as of late. “They want to see us throw. It’s been almost two years for me since they have seen me throw for them. They want to come down to a practice in spring ball to watch us live.”
If things go as smoothly as it did the last time Hockman was in front of Alabama coaches, it will be good news for him. The coaches offered him almost on the spot. This next chance he gets will be to show them how much he has improved in the two years.
A report surfaced Tuesday stating Hockman is going to visit Alabama the first weekend in April. As of now, he doesn’t know if that’s happening. He will visit Florida State next weekend and North Carolina on April 9.
The nation’s No. 7 pro-style quarterback said he would like to commit to his school of choice as soon as possible to secure his spot in whichever class he chooses and to help recruit other top athletes for his school.
Besides being ranked one of the top quarterbacks in the country, Hockman showed tremendous leadership for his team in the state playoffs. His team had a chance to win on the last play of the game, but McEachern came up short. It was the last game for several of his teammates. Hockman went around to each of his teammates and gave them a hug to console them and thanked them for giving it their all. It was one of the moments that stuck out the most to me this past high school football season.
It’s also that leadership that Alabama coaches are looking for at the quarterback position.
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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.