Alabama has landed a big addition to the program with former Florida State quarterback Jacob Coker committing to the Crimson Tide. The 6-foot-4, 235-pounder committed Nick Saban while taking an official visit to Tuscaloosa this weekend.
Coker visited Alabama this weekend.
“I told Coach Saban yesterday (Saturday) that I wanted to be part of his program. I didn’t get through my whole visit before I told him, because I knew I wanted to go there for a while and after meeting everyone, I knew I was going to play for Alabama,” Coker said.
“I met so many players and coaches. Brian Vogler was my host and he introduced me to a lot of guys and they all made me feel right at home. I know this is going to be a good experience and the right decision. “
Coker was granted his release from Florida State and will be a redshirt junior in 2014. He will be eligible to play immediately once he graduates from Florida State this semester.
The Mobile native also met with new Tide offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin this weekend.
“It was interesting meeting coach Kiffin. I liked him right away and feel we had a good connection. He seems serious on TV and he’s so high profile I wondered what he would be like. But we got along right away. He is a very laid back and funny guy,” detailed Coker. "He told me to come in and compete and that it was going to be a fun time. He didn’t really push me, which I liked. He was just down to earth guy and I’m going to enjoy getting to know him better.
“We didn’t get too technical with the offense, but I heard enough to know he’s a great coach and I’m going to fit in just fine with what Alabama wants to do. They have so many weapons and just excited to be able to come in and hopefully contribute. ”
Several other programs pursued Coker, but he says he is set on the Tide and doesn't plan on taking any other visits. He adds that comfort level in Tuscaloosa also stood out.
“We did the usual stuff you do on an official visit, but for me it was mostly seeing how I might fit in. I’m familiar with the Alabama program. All the players and coaches I met were excited I was there. Made me feel like I was already part of the team. I got to see and do so much, I’m still letting it all sit in but it was a great visit and I know Alabama is where I need to be. And I’m looking forward to getting there as soon as I graduate.”
Coker signed with Florida State as a member of the class of 2011 and was the backup to Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston in 2013. The big-armed passer was 18-36 for 250 yards in 2013 and missed the final 5 games with a torn meniscus.