Alabama lands four-star Class of 2013 quarterback

Alabama edged out in-state rival Auburn and three other finalists for the commitment of Cooper Bateman, a four-star quarterback who is one of the best pro-style signal-callers in the Class of 2013.

The Cottonwood High School (Salt Lake City, UT) star, who is deceptively athletic, goes through his progressions well and rarely makes bad decisions with the football, also considered LSU, Florida and Washington. Stanford was also a candidate before the Cardinal landed four-star signal-caller Ryan Burns.

The 6-3, 205-pounder passed for 2,484 yards and 26 touchdowns last season, and he attends the same high school that has produced Philadelphia Eagles fullback Stanley Havili and California starting running back Isi Sofele.

Landing Bateman is a very good "get" for Nick Saban and his staff because he's a player with very good upside. He has good arm strength as well as good touch and zip on his throws. But perhaps his best trait is his accuracy. The scary part is that he still seems to have a high ceiling, which bodes well for the Crimson Tide.

Alabama's offensive staff could also breathe a little sigh of relief in landing Bateman after recently having trouble securing commits from some of their top quarterback targets.

Bateman is Alabama's first quarterback commitment and 12th overall for the 2013 cycle.

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