Headed to Alabama

Walter Pinion

Alabama has hit the state of Georgia hard in the recruiting game ever since Nick Saban took over as head coach of the Crimson Tide. Over the past few months, Saban has seemingly made his home in East Cobb and he now has two Walton Raiders to show for it. Months after running back Tyren Jones declared he will suit up for Saban, quarterback Parker McLeod announced Friday that he will head to Tuscaloosa in 2013.


Last season McLeod led the Walton Raiders to a 14-0 start and a spot in the Class AAAAA state championship game, ultimately falling to Grayson. The 6-foot-3 190-pound McLeod threw for nearly 1,400 yards and 17 scores. He followed that up with an impressive showing at the AT&T Georgia Junior Bowl, going 5-for-9 with 71 yards passing and 16 rushing yards on three carries.


When Score spoke with McLeod earlier this spring, he noted that he was looking to have his decision made before his senior year. Some of his most important factors in selecting a college including the campus and academics. “Style of offense will be pretty important too and the coaching staff,” said McLeod.


McLeod chose Alabama over offers from Boston College, Louisville, Maryland, Oklahoma State and East Carolina. He will have some competition in Tuscaloosa, though, as Saban has also received a commitment from Cooper Bateman out of Utah.


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