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Top Grad Transfer QB Commits To Alabama

Nick Saban reacting after losing the National Championship

TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 09: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts after the Clemson Tigers defeated the Alabama Crimson Tide 35-31 in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

A graduate transfer quarterback could change the landscape of SEC football in 2018. Former Eastern Carolina star Gardner Minshew decided to forego his final season with the Pirates in order to move closer to home in Mississippi.

That move could have a major impact on the team that landed the former starting quarterback. Minshew visited Tuscaloosa for an unofficial visit with the Crimson Tide over the weekend.

He apparently liked the visit. According to Bruce Feldman of Sports Illustrated, Minshew has decided to play his final year of college football for the Crimson Tide.

Alabama offensive coordinator Mike Locksley reached out to Minshew after the quarterback sent out a release to several southern schools to express his interest in transferring. Despite being named as the starter for the upcoming season, Minshew decided he's heading closer to home after graduating from ECU in December with a degree in communications.

During his recent interview with Feldman, Minshew detailed what he wants to do when his playing career is over. The quarterback hopes to get into coaching, which provides a solid reason he'd want to play under Nick Saban at Alabama.

He'll get to learn from the best in the business.