Another QB For Tide?

Jonathan Garner had been committed to Florida

Is it possible Alabama would add yet another quarterback signee this year? That's one of the stories being whispered in San Antonio, where the recruiting experts of Scout.com have gathered for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

Jonathan Garner is not a quarterback in the all-star game that will be played Saturday at the Alamodome. But Garner is highly-regarded, a former commitment to Florida. Now Garner, a 6-4, 210-pound dropback pocket passer, and Alabama may have mutual interest.

Garner, a four-star prospect by Scout.com, has been the quarterback at Mainland High School in Daytona Beach, Fla., since his freshman year. He has a 48-6 record as a starter and led his team to the state 5A championship as a junior.

Florida sources said the combination of a coaching change and the Gators getting a commitment from quarterback Josh Portis of Woodland Hills, Calif., convinced Garner to rescind his decision to sign with Florida.

Quarterback was a priority in Crimson Tide recruiting this year because both Brodie Croyle and Spencer Pennington will be seniors next season.

Bama already has commitments from three quarterbacks who will sign with the Crimson Tide on February 2 and be freshmen next fall. They are John Parker Wilson of Hoover, who was a "grayshirt" last fall and who is already enrolled at The Capstone; Jimmy Barnes of Los Alamitos, Calif., who is playing for the West squad in Saturday's All-American Bowl; and Jimmy Johns of Brookhaven, Miss., who committed to Alabama after visiting Tuscaloosa last weekend.

Garner has also been offered scholarships by Georgia Tech, Ole Miss, Louisville, and South Carolina.

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