John David Mercer-US PRESSWIRE
The Valor Christian High School quarterback and son of Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio will play for the Crimson Tide next season.
Luke Del Rio has changed his mind and destination once again.
Four days after de-committing from Oklahoma State, and apparently set to attend Oregon State on a scholarship, the Valor Christian High School quarterback will instead head to Tuscaloosa as a walk-on for the Crimson Tide. The senior and son of Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio announced the decision earlier today on his Twitter account.
According to FOX Sports' Greg Biggins, Del Rio was all set to join the Beavers until his mother took him on a trip to Alabama, where he decided to take his chances as a walk-on for Nick Saban's squad. Del Rio will face an uphill battle at Alabama. Along with this year's starter A.J. McCarron, who will be a senior next season, the Crimson Tide will also have rising sophomore Phillip Ely at quarterback, along with incoming freshmen Cooper Bateman and Parker McLeod. Bateman, a commit out of Utah, is ranked as the 11th-best quarterback in the country by Rivals.
For Del Rio, the decision to attend Alabama ends a week of mystery. He was originally set to attend Oklahoma State after giving a verbal commitment to the school back in May. But after Cowboys assistant coach Todd Monken, who recruited Del Rio, left for Southern Miss, the high schooler announced on Dec. 11 that he would be looking for a new school for the 2013 season.
Standing 6'3 and weighing 190 pounds, Del Rio is one of Colorado's top high-school quarterbacks. Along with Oklahoma State and Oregon State, he'd drawn heavy interest from Colorado State, Florida State, Colorado and Alabama.