Alabama made a late addition to its 2018 recruiting class when quarterback Layne Hatcher announced he committed to the Crimson Tide on Friday.
He made his announcement on Twitter.
ROLL TIDE 🐘🐘 pic.twitter.com/Yp2dREqiH5
— Layne Hatcher (@LayneHatcher) May 25, 2018
Hatcher had been committed to Arkansas State. He’s ranked as a three-star quarterback and the No. 53 dual-threat quarterback in the country in the 247Sports Composite.
Hatcher told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that he reports to campus in Tuscaloosa on Saturday. Alabama’s first summer session begins next week.
He gives Alabama four quarterbacks on its roster along with junior Jalen Hurts, sophomore Tua Tagovailoa and redshirt freshman Mac Jones. Alabama did not originally sign a quarterback in the 2018 class.
“I think that we’ll probably have a quarterback join us, some kind of way between now and then, which I don’t think I can comment about,” coach Nick Saban said on signing day. “Look, when you have really good young players at a position, sometimes its hard to attract another guy at that particular position. I think you all know our circumstance at quarterback right now with the players we have here, the grade they are in and how much more eligibility they have. So rather reach for somebody, we would rather try to solve the issue another way. Maybe get a more experienced guy down the road, and certainly think that next year we might be in a position to get a really good player at that position who could be someone who could impact us in the future.”
Alabama did receive a commitment from graduate transfer quarterback Gardner Minshew later in February, but he flipped his commitment to Washington State in March.
Alabama also has a pair of quarterback commitments for its 2019 class in Taulia Tagovailoa and Paul Tyson.