Alabama Football Recruiting: Cooper Bateman Commits To Alabama

TUSCALOOSA, AL - APRIL 17: Quarterback Greg McElroy #12 of the University of Alabama looks for a receiver as coach Nick Saban looks on during the Alabama spring game at Bryant Denny Stadium on April 17, 2010 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Dave Martin/Getty Images)

Alabama lands a top quarterback recruit.

Cooper Bateman, one of the top quarterback recruits in the country, has committed to the Alabama Crimson Tide per numerous reports including ESPN. Bateman stars for Salt Lake City (Utah) Cottonwood High School. He stands 6'3 and weighs about 200 pounds. Bateman is a consensus four-star recruit, and a consensus top-ten pocket passer.

Bateman holds offers from Arkansas, Auburn, Cal, Florida, LSU, North Carolina, Washington, Utah and Stanford.

On the field, the first thing that jumps out about Bateman is his arm. It's huge. Bateman can easily make all of the throws. He plays from the shotgun, but shows the athleticism to be able to play from under center. There's really not much to dislike about Bateman's game. Granted, it's a highlight tape, but he is very accurate, leads his receivers well, throws with timing, touch and anticipation, etc. His release doesn't look to have any major issues, and it appears that Alabama has a good one on its hands here.

For more on Tide football, visit Alabama blog Roll Bama Roll, plus SEC blog Team Speed Kills.

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