TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — One of the most glaring concerns on the University of Alabama roster this season was quarterback depth. The Crimson Tide had just three players at the position and two of them were freshmen.
However, it’s something that Nick Saban may not be able to fix until 2019 as Alabama wasn’t able to sign a quarterback during the first day of the early signing period.
Ideally, he’d like to have four, but the coach admitted during his news conference Wednesday, “That may or may not be possible.”
“We have tried to recruit a quarterback and we’re going to continue to try to do that,” he said. “If we can get somebody that we feel can be a positive in the organization, we would like to get a quarterback. I would always like to have four on the roster.”
Among the top 50 quarterbacks listed on the 247Sports composite, only two remain unsigned. No. 3 Tanner McKee of Corona, Calif., is likely heading to Stanford. The other is an in-state dual-threat quarterback, No. 24 James Foster of Lanier High School in Montgomery.
He de-committed from Missouri earlier this fall and plans to take official visits next month. LSU may be the team to beat for him; Texas A&M is in the mix as well.
Foster grew up an Alabama fan, but the Crimson Tide will have Jalen Hurts going into his junior season, Tua Tagovailoa pushing as a sophomore and Mac Jones a redshirt freshman.
The other part of the equation is need at other positions as Alabama only has eight remaining spots to fill. So far, the signing class includes four linebackers, three defensive backs, two defensive linemen, two offensive linemen, one punter, one running back, one wide receiver and one athlete.
“We’ll have to make that decision based on how recruiting continues to go,” Saban said.