27 August 2008
With Nick Fanuzzi cleaning out his locker on Monday, it got me to thinking. Will Alabama ever keep a full compliment of scholarship quarterbacks again?
Fanuzzi's departure leaves the Tide with three scholarship quarterbacks for the upcoming season: senior John Parker Wilson, sophmore Greg McElroy, and freshman Star Jackson. Sure, there are walk ons Thomas Darrah and Morgan Ogilvie, but it will be a bad day at the office if either gets on the field.
The exit of Fanuzzi brings back into focus the question of what would have happened if Nick Saban never hired Major Applewhite? Applewhite is, by all accounts, the one who wanted to sign Fanuzzi instead of Robert Mavre.
To refresh your memory, Mavre was a four star recruit out of Florida who was committed to Alabama before Saban was hired. When Saban hired Applewhite, Fanuzzi suddenly became the guy who would help lead the Tide back to glory and Mavre was told thanks but no thanks.
Recruiting rankings are all subjective but I would be remiss if I didn't mention that Fanuzzi was a three star ranked player by Rivals.com and Mavre was, as mentioned earlier, a four star ranked player. Did I mention that Mavre was recently named starter at his ultimate destination, Miami?
With rising high school senior AJ McCarron already committed to Alabama it seemed that there would be no other signal callers in this class. Is Coach Saban now forced to rethink this now? After this season only McElroy and Jackson will be on scholarship (provided Darrah doesn't earn one in the mean time). With McCarron enrolling in the fall of '09 that brings the number to three.
That doesn't seem like enough.
Will Alabama try to get Rivals.com four star recruit Ryan Mossakowski to rethink his commitment to Kentucky after the Wildcats picked up a pledge by Carmel, IN QB Morgan Newton? Newton is a Rivals.com three star recruit but is compared to former UK quarterback Andre Woodson.
A guy that might be getting some attention from the Tide staff is Leroy, AL QB Clint Moseley. Moseley is a three star recruit by rivals.com and led his team to a state championship as a junior.
Will Saban decide that three quarterbacks is enough? Ultimately, that it will depend on whether or not he thinks Darrah could carry the water at the position if push came to shove. Certainly, that's not an ideal scenario, but if Saban thinks it's a plausible one, he may be able to hold off.
Otherwise, it may be time to break out the QB shopping list.