December 27, 2011

2013 QB picks up Tide offer

Even with the departure of offensive coordinator Jim McElwain, the University of Alabama probably won't change up the offense too much going forward, and that is just fine with newly offered 2013 quarterback Christian Hackenberg.

The 6-foot-4, 213-pound signal caller from Fork Union, Va., received an offer from the UA staff last week and believes he's a perfect fit for the Crimson Tide's style of offense.

"I love how I fit their system almost perfectly," Hackenberg said. "All of their quarterbacks have had success under McElwain, and I think that I'm very similar and fit that system really well. It's just a great college atmosphere, and it's SEC football."

When McElwain left UA to become the next head coach at Colorado State, that didn't faze the junior quarterback, who is now ready to meet the next Alabama offensive coordinator.

"I'm sure Saban will hire another guy who is just like Coach McElwain," Hackenberg said. "I talked to him, and I still fit in the offense I think regardless of who's there. I guess I just have to get to know the new guy."

Hackenberg visited Tuscaloosa in November for the LSU game. It was his first time on UA's campus, but he says it won't be his last. He's already planning a return trip for this spring or over the summer.

"It was kind of hard to match that type of intensity," Hackenberg said of the LSU game. "Just walking out of the locker room onto the field, not even as a player but as a recruit, it was just awesome. It was jaw-dropping. I couldn't even imagine how the players felt."

The Virginia native also has offers from Connecticut, Rutgers, Tennessee and Virginia, and he's receiving interest from Arkansas, Kentucky, Miami and South Carolina, all of whom he says may be close to offering.

It's still early for Hackenberg who hasn't named any favorites yet.

"I'm still young yet, so I'm just trying to gather more information and get a feel for each school," he said. "I don't have a solid top three or anything right now."

He does know what he's looking for from his perspective schools, and academics and style of offense are at the top of his list.

"First off, I want it to fit me academically," Hackenberg said. "I'm a pretty good student, so academics are a big thing in my family. Then, I'd have to see if I fit the system, and if the system is something that will complement me and give me an opportunity to play and help that team be successful and win."

As a junior at Fork Union, Hackenberg threw for 2,100 yards and 21 touchdowns.

Reach Greg Ostendorf at greg@tidesports.com.

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