Posted January 15, 2014

Alabama quarterback Luke Del Rio announces he’s transferring on Twitter

Alabama Crimson Tide, Player Transfers
Though not expected to take over for AJ McCarron next year, Luke Del Rio was a possible QB option for Alabama down the line.

Luke Del Rio was not expected to become the starting QB at Alabama in 2014. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Alabama’s quarterback situation in the post-AJ McCarron era has cleared up just a bit. Walk-on redshirt freshman Luke Del Rio took to Twitter to let everyone know he is leaving the Crimson Tide, and it isn’t immediately known where his next destination will be.

Junior Blake Sims is expected to take over for McCarron. In limited action this year, Sims was 18-of-29 for 167 yards and two touchdowns.

Del Rio, who finished his high school ball in Colorado after playing in Jacksonville, was a Rivals three-star recruit with scholarship offers from Oklahoma State, Oregon State and Colorado State. He chose to play for Alabama as a walk-on. Earlier this season, McCarron told AL.com he thought the son of Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio was “going to be a heck of a player in the future.”

The Crimson Tide still have plenty of other options aside from Sims. Four-star QB recruit Cooper Bateman, from Salt Lake City, and Parker McLeod, a three-star recruit from Marietta, Ga., are in tow from the 2013 class, as is 2012 recruit Alec Morris, from Allen, Texas. And even more reinforcements are on the way in the form of four-star prospect David Cornwell, the fifth-best quarterback in the class of 2014. If Del Rio believed he wasn’t going to make an impact at Alabama, or that he wouldn’t mesh well with new offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin, it makes sense for him to look for a situation that offers more playing time.

68 comments
Lohikaarme
Lohikaarme

He also is interested in getting a good education and that is not going to happen in Alabama.

BenBerry
BenBerry

No one likes or want sto play for Kiffin, this is just the first!!!!


_Garland_
_Garland_

@SInow Needs to be more restrictions on transferring. Can't have players going here there and everywhere.

Phroggo
Phroggo

Luke also said that Alabama would be a great place to start a school because the classrooms are already built.

JohnFerguson
JohnFerguson

Did I count 6 potential starting quarterbacks?  Jeez, no wonder they are always competing for the National Championship.

sjhood13
sjhood13

As Alabama fan I hate to see him leave.  He had moved up and was poised for shot to be starter.  Wonder if not comfortable with Kiffin coming to town.  Dad was a USC grad!

DennyCrane
DennyCrane

You mean he felt he was getting a sub-standard education at Alabama? I think the curriculum for basket weaving is pretty much the same all over even if the player goes to class once in a while.

Cool
Cool

I wonder if 'Bama puts any restrictions on where he can transfer to? 

Anaximenes1
Anaximenes1

no big loss---alabama is loaded with stars at QB---they don't have to recruit---they just select who they want

MarkHerren
MarkHerren

@SInow Hate to hear that news but I wish Luke the Best of Luck wherever.

TCarelli_1
TCarelli_1

@SInow When's anyone gonna realize Bateman is gonna start?! Not sims

LonnieLaShum
LonnieLaShum

@Lohikaarme Awww damn, and I thought Bama was in the top 15 for grad rate in major colleges!! Shows how much I know huh? I read this story 3 times and didn't read that he said what you said. Are you making crap up? Or maybe you can read peoples minds from afar. Woooooooooooooo!!!! Are you psychotic, I mean psychic? Look human, it is cool to TRY to belittle someone or something but the general rule is that you should have a mnimal amount of truth in your statement. You don't. You are probably a supporter of one of the many, many schools that can't beat Bama so you talk trash because that is all you have----TALK!!!! If you can read minds from afar can you read what I am thinking about you? Hint, it is very funny.

5d2
5d2

@BenBerry Transfers are par for the course at major colleges like Alabama.  Athletes initially sign-on because they expect to make the starting line-up.  Then, when they can't, they want to go elsewhere because they still think they're good enough to make it to the pros if only they are given the chance to show what they can do on the national stage.  Who knows?  Maybe they can...

LonnieLaShum
LonnieLaShum

@BenBerry ****I hate to burst your brilliant statement But Bama has already had about 10 people transfer, this season. Guess what genius, all of them before kiffiin was on campus. Did you not know that? Dude, be careful you could lose your Mensa card for not keeping up on such.

mashley278
mashley278

@BenBerryYeah that USC team that broke all the records and were first round picks..they must  have hated him.

fioanefet79
fioanefet79

@_Garland_@SInowEven God did not violate it.  If is called The Freedom of Choice.

GregJackson
GregJackson

@_Garland_ @SInow I hate to call you a name, but your comment reeks of ignorance.  First, people aren't slaves, and they are allowed to change schools.  Second, he's a walk on.  He wasn't taking anybody's scholarship away.  Considering that his dad is an NFL coach, he obviously didn't need the scholarship anyway, but it gave him the option of trying out at Alabama and then leaving if he wanted to play elsewhere.

WallyPeezy
WallyPeezy

@_Garland_ The money being wasted on a walk on transfer? Ohhhhh I get it. You're a troll.

LonnieLaShum
LonnieLaShum

@JohnFerguson Finally a common sense comment. Thanks John. Did you read the yahoos above? Each one thinks they are experts. Yes Bama has an abundance of potentially great QB's. From what I've read Del Rio was near the top for starting or 2nd string. I think him leaving is giving the others a better chance at being the top QB. Sims won't last as starter. I think he just don't have the uummph to sustain. Del Rio is a class young man I believe and will do great no matter where he goes. As a Bama fan I don't like Coach Saban having so many QB's on the roster. Competition is great but there is going to far some times. I also would not like to be in his shoes trying to choose who is best. There will be at least two more QB's tarnsfer when they figure out they probably won't be number 1 or 2. I wish all of them well and hope they do great wherever they transfer to.

tony34
tony34

@sjhood13 maybe he refused to take PED's so the dwarf sent him on his way!!!

5d2
5d2

@DennyCraneThere's no doubt that "educational allowances" are made to college football players at nearly every school that is in perennial contention for the national title.  Alabama included.  On the other hand, those players - as well as any other student, for that matter - who really want a good education can certainly get one from the U. of Alabama.  I didn't graduate from there, but I know many very well-educated, very successful people who did.  Don't criticize institutions you obviously know nothing about.

GregJackson
GregJackson

@Cool Walk on's are free agents.  The only way that a school can restrict where you transfer is as a condition for releasing you from your scholarship.

Wesley11
Wesley11

@j7appleBecause a lot of people expected him to be the starting quarterback next season at one of the nation's most successful programs and this is a sports website that tends to talk about that sort of stuff?

j7apple
j7apple

@Anaximenes1 I am amazed at the allure of Alabama that most of these QB's would be starters at most other programs with some real visibility but choose the "chance" to be a backup at best for the tide....

5d2
5d2

@SInowI agree that Bateman looks like the future QB at Alabama.  That doesn't mean he will be the starter at the beginning of the 2014 season, though.  I suspect that Sims will be the starting QB for the Tide during the early part of the season, and that Bateman will see lots of action as his back-up.  Which of them gets the start by the end of the year will be determined by their respective performance on the field, of course.  Should be interesting.

_Garland_
_Garland_

@WallyPeezy I'm talking scholarship players because those mean actual money. And could you use a better term than troll?

_Garland_
_Garland_

@paulieg12345 Still doesn't make it ok. Think of all the money and roster spots being wasted with all of these transfers.

5d2
5d2

@tony34  Proof?

mashley278
mashley278

@tony34@JohnFergusonYes...3 star recruits get paid. AJ McCarron? 3 star, who graduate from a high school in Mobile, AL that runs about $15k per year. His family has money. You should probably understand football before you start talking. Then again, you have what 48 comments?

LonnieLaShum
LonnieLaShum

@tony34 @sjhood13 Damn human, who pissed in your cereal? Do you think you are making good comments? Do you think you are amusing? Well, you areamusing but not in the way you think. I am laughing rear off at your ignorance and how you think you know  something. Yes you are a funny human. 

iamjimgreen
iamjimgreen

@CharlieHannema Decommited 2x last yr from OSU--can't see Gundy giving him a 3rd chance. Plus, OSU already has a stable of QBs.

GregJackson
GregJackson

@_Garland_ @WallyPeezy If a kid on scholarship transfers, somebody else gets that scholarship the next year.  Usually the coaches want the kid to transfer to free up a roster spot instead of having a kid on the team who probably didn't measure up.