Alabama’s ‘Mr. Football’ is a UAB commit

There’s no doubt that those who live in the state of Alabama love their football. Just like Texas, the sport is practically a religion on the high school and collegiate levels.

Thus, given how the Alabama Crimson Tide and Auburn Tigers are the two programs that share control of the roost in the Heart of Dixie, it was certainly a surprise when Ben Thomas of reported that this year’s “Mr. Football” in the Yellowhammer State was none other than dual-threat quarterback Tyler Johnston, who has committed to not Alabama nor Auburn, but the UAB Blazers of Conference USA.

Johnston, who currently plays at Spanish Fort High School in the Mobile area, is the first quarterback to be given the honor since 2012 and is undefeated in his high school career, holding a career mark of 35-0.

“It feels great,” said Johnston. “I couldn’t have done it without my teammates, my community and my school. That’s for sure.”

Given how UAB’s program was discontinued following the 2014 season, only to be reinstated shortly after, Johnston should help jumpstart an offense that was beginning to turn things around under coach Bill Clark, who went 6-6 (4-4 C-USA) in his first year with the team.

Moreover, the young quarterback could very well help establish the Blazers as a top program and give both Nick Saban and Gus Malzahn some competition in the recruiting department.

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