Cooper Bateman: What it means for UA 

May, 16, 2012
The University of Alabama has missed out on its top quarterback targets the last two years. In 2011, the Crimson Tide came up short with Bubba Starling, and last year they saw both Gunner Kiel and Jameis Winston sign elsewhere.

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Nelson Chenault/US PRESSWIREThe transfer of QB Phillip Sims might open the door for Cooper Bateman, a 2013 commit.
The position became an even bigger priority in this year’s class when backup quarterback Phillip Sims transferred to Virginia this spring.

Top 2013 quarterback prospect Max Browne already committed to USC after considering the Tide, but Alabama found the next best thing when ESPN 150 signal caller Cooper Bateman committed to UA on Wednesday.
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