SAN PABLO, Calif. – Faced with elite competition, Alabama commit Cooper Bateman fought through windy conditions, improved throughout the day and came away as one of the top performers at the California Elite 11 Regional.
Bateman was one of the most polished quarterbacks in attendance at Contra Costa College outside of Oakland. From the first rep of work, he showed off great footwork and athleticism. He’s is fundamentally sound with a smooth and effortless delivery and he has the ability to make a lot of unique throws.
It wasn’t always pretty for Bateman. Early in the day he really struggled throwing deep balls into the wind and there were several throws throughout the day that were very uncharacteristic but as the day continued, his fundamentals took over and he gained more and more consistency.
At the end of the event, Bateman found himself as one of seven finalists for the camp MVP as named by the Elite 11 coaches. The MVP award was taken by USC commit Max Browne but Bateman gave Alabama fans plenty to be excited about.
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