What Impact Does 4-Star QB Blake Barnett Have on Alabama's Future?
After all, that's what happens when one of the most successful quarterbacks in college football history is no longer under center.
With A.J. McCarron now officially a member of the Cincinnati Bengals, Nick Saban must find a quarterback that can replace the ridiculous amount of production that the three-time national champion brought to the table during his time at the school.
The problem with that is that, at this point, there doesn't look to be a quarterback on Alabama's roster capable of pulling off such a feat.
Senior Blake Sims didn't look all that impressive at the Crimson Tide's spring game, and we still don't know what to expect from Florida State transfer Jacob Coker.
However, there is reason for Bama fans to be hopeful about the quarterback position.
Saban recently picked up a commitment from former Notre Dame commit Blake Barnett, a 6-foot-4 dual-threat quarterback out of California. Barnett is currently seen as one of the best QB's in the 2015 class, as his size and ability to pick up yards on the ground are certainly two of his biggest strengths.
And although he won't be able to help out the Crimson Tide this season under center, there's no doubt that this kid has all the tools to be a star for Saban's squad in the very near future.
With Lane Kiffin taking over as offensive coordinator, it's important for Saban to bring in players that can fit with what the former USC coach is trying to do.
Barnett's ability to not only make plays through the air with his arm but also with legs should give Kiffin and his staff an increased number of things that they can do within the offensive scheme.
Under Saban, Alabama has never really had a problem running the football due to the extremely talented running backs that have come through the pipeline. But having a quarterback that can also add to the rushing attack? That's a good problem to have.
Will he be the next McCarron? Probably not. We may never see another player accomplish what he was able to during his college career.
But at this point, he looks to have all the skills needed to thrive under Saban and Kiffin in Tuscaloosa.
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