Son of former NFL QB walking on at Alabama
Alabama landed a preferred walk-on commitment from 2019 quarterback Jayden George of Indianapolis (Ind.) Warren Central on Wednesday evening.
"It’s been a long process and I’m excited to announce I will be continuing my dream to play football at the University of Alabama next year!" George Tweeted. "I can’t wait to be a part of something special! All glory to God! #RollTide."
The 6-foot-3.5, 205-pounder signal caller has taken several visits in recent weeks to programs like Georgia and Miami, but it was Alabama where he saw the best fit.
George passed for 3,100 yards and 42 touchdowns last season, helping lead Warren Central to the Class 6A state championship win.
Jayden is the son of former Illinois quarterback and No. 1 pick in the 1990 NFL Draft Jeff George, who had stints with the Indianapolis Colts, Atlanta Falcons, Oakland Raiders, Minnesota Vikings, Washington Redskins, Seattle Seahawks and the Chicago Bears. The elder George led the league in passing yardage in 1997, and for his career threw for over 27,000 yards. Jayden's older brother, Jeff Jr., played for Illinois before transferring to Michigan and then Pitt.
Alabama offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian has no shortage of quarterbacks in his meeting room, a luxury not afforded to many as we enter the Transfer Portal era. Coming out of spring the Tide has its QB1 in Tua Tagovailoa. To go along with UA's Heisman Trophy frontrunner, redshirt sophomore Mac Jones, freshmen Taulia Tagovailoa and Paul Tyson, both four-star prospects in the 2019 class, and redshirt freshman Braxton Barker are on the roster.
Nick Saban was happy with the spring the Tide put together.
“I do think we had a good spring," Saban said after A-Day. "I like the team dynamic we have on this team. Lots of guys work hard and try to do the right things. They support each other. We don’t have any guys pulling anybody down in terms of their work ethic or how they go about their work. They try to support each other. There’s a lot of good competition out there."
Following the spring game, BamaOnLine Senior Analyst Travis Reier wrote about what he believes Sarkisian's thumbprint will be on the Tide offense as he replaces Mike Locksley entering 2019:
If you were wondering if the RPO game left with Locksley for Maryland, Tagovailoa's 17-yard slant to Jerry Jeudy on the opening snap of A-Day told you all you needed to know. On a day when Alabama was more vanilla than rocky road in terms of what went into the game plan, we did see enough to think more under center stuff could be on the way (with an emphasis on the red zone). Spring games have a tendency to be one long 7-on-7 period; just with 11 guys on both sides of the ball. With Alabama throwing 75 passes compared to 47 runs on Saturday, that's what Crimson Tide fans were treated to once again.