Florida State QB to join Alabama

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Former Florida State quarterback, Jacob Coker has committed to play at Alabama next season, coach Nick Saban has announced.

Coker, who is originally from Alabama, joined FSU in 2011 and after his red-shirt season was the backup to E.J Manuel and then Jameis Winston.

The quarterback was released from his scholarship last week and is due to graduate later this year. He will be eligible to start for the Crimson Tide next season.

Nick Saban said of Coker: "We think a lot of Jake and we are excited to have him join our team, he is not only an outstanding football player, but he is also a fine young man who we feel will be a great fit with our program at Alabama."

Alabama are graduating A.J McCarron, their starting quarter from the past three seasons, who intends to enter the NFL draft.

Meanwhile fellow Tide commit, Ricky Town has decommited from Alabama and is likely to join USC next season instead.

After backing up current Buffalo Bills QB, E.J Manuel, Coker was expected to start last year but instead was beaten out of the competition by freshman phenom and Heisman winner Jameis Winston.

Coker will now battle for the starting job at Alabama with Blake Sims, Alec Morris, Cooper Bateman and incoming freshman David Cornwell.

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