Graduate transfer quarterback Gardner Minshew is not coming to Alabama after all. The East Carolina graduate has decided to join Washington State instead.
Minshew announced his decision on Twitter on Tuesday evening. He had originally said he intended to sign with Alabama on Feb. 28.
Proud to announce that I’ll be playing my last year of college ball at Washington State! Thank you to God for His many blessings, Coach Leach for this opportunity, and my family for their unwavering support. Go Cougs! pic.twitter.com/il77UHco0T
— Gardner Minshew (@GardnerMinshew5) March 20, 2018
Minshew graduated after the fall semester with a communications degree and would have been eligible to play immediately at Alabama.
Minshew would have been the fourth scholarship quarterback on the Alabama roster and insurance in case either Jalen Hurts or Tua Tagovailoa transfer if the other is named the starter. Mac Jones is the other quarterback currently on the Alabama roster. Tagovailoa injured his thumb on Tuesday in practice, which could also limit Alabama to two quarterbacks this spring pending his diagnosis.
The 6-foot-2, 215-pound quarterback played in 10 games, starting in five games last season. He threw for 2,140 yards, 16 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. On Nov. 4, Minshew set new single-game records for ECU and the American Athletic Conference with a 52-of-68, 463-yard performance at Houston.
He led Northwest Mississippi Community College to the 2015 NJCAA national title before transferring to ECU.