- Greg Ostendorf, ESPN Staff Writer
With the recruiting process behind him, Cooper Bateman looked confident and relaxed at the Oakland Elite 11 regional over the weekend. The Salt Lake City quarterback had already earned an invite to the finals, but he still came out to compete.
The week before the event, Bateman committed to the University of Alabama, giving the Crimson Tide their highest-rated quarterback since Phillip Sims signed with UA in 2010.
Bateman, a member of the ESPN 150 and the No. 6 ranked quarterback in the nation, chose Alabama over his other finalists, Auburn, Florida, LSU and Washington. He talked to ESPN’s Recruiting Nation about his commitment.
On his commitment: “What an honor it is to go on to the next level and play for someone like Coach [Nick] Saban and Coach [Doug] Nussmeier. Being able to learn from them, I don’t think you can beat that.
There were a few schools that I liked, but when it came time to sit down and weigh the pros and cons with my family – it was a family decision – Alabama ended up on top.”
On why he chose Alabama: “My ultimate goal, besides having a great collegiate career, is to play in the NFL. It’s been a goal of mine since I was a little kid. And playing in a conference like the SEC at a school like Alabama, I believe that’s the place to learn from the best.”
For more on Bateman's performance at the Oakland Elite 11 regional, including video, click here.