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Monday, December 31, 2012
Bateman glad for time with UA commits

By Derek Tyson

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Four-star quarterback Cooper Bateman (Salt Lake City/Cottonwood) is one of three quarterbacks on the Black team at the Under Armour All-America Game.

The 6-foot-3, 196-pound pocket passer, who has been committed to Alabama since May, said he is excited to be throwing to Alabama tight end commit O.J. Howard and new Alabama wide receiver commit Robert Foster.

"This is great," Bateman said. "I got guys I throw to back at home, but nothing like O.J. and Robert. I've seen Robert for a little while and the other guys have talked about him. But I'm glad we got him though, I'm excited to work with him."

Bateman also learned recently that former Oklahoma State quarterback commit Luke Del Rio would be walking on at Alabama. Bateman said the news didn't bother him and he knows he will have tough competition no matter what.

"[Del Rio] texted me and said, 'Hey, no hard feelings.' It's no big deal. There's competition anywhere you go. It was his decision and felt like that was where he wanted to go. So good for him."