Alabama finds A.J. McCarron successor in Jameis Winston back-up Jake Coker

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College football free agency is here to stay. Teams have found a way to sign players and get that eligible for the next season. Players no longer have to sit out when they “pursue their graduate degree.” The back-up QB at Florida State, behind Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston will do just that with the Alabama Crimson Tide.

Jake Coker has signed with the Crimson Tide and projects to be eligible to play this fall. jake Coker, a native of Mobile, Ala., is expected to enroll at Alabama this summer after he completes his undergraduate degree at Florida State.

Jake Coker played in seven games last year at FSU. He saw action in four games as in 2012 and redshirted in 2011. So I think we’ve found our successor to A.J. McCarron. Jake Coker originally signed with FSU after leading St. Paul’s Episcopal to the state playoffs and a 10-2 record as a senior. He was also a standout basketball player who earned all-state recognition, averaging 21.9 points per game as a senior.

“I was very impressed with everything on my visit to Tuscaloosa,” said Jake Coker. “I feel very comfortable with the coaches and the players, and I’m looking forward to getting started at Alabama and competing. I also want to thank my coaches and teammates at Florida State. I had a great experience there and I’m excited to build on that at Alabama.”

Paul M. Banks is the owner of The Sports, an affiliate of Fox Sports. An MBA and Fulbright scholar in media studies, he’s also an analyst for multiple news talk radio stations across the country; with regular weekly segments on NBC and Fox Sports Radio. President Barack Obama follows him on Twitter (@paulmbanks)

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