In terms of playing time, the handwriting wasn't on the wall for Alabama redshirt freshman quarterback Parker McLeod -- who threw only one pass in the Crimson Tide spring game -- so much as it hung on the wall like a flashing golden neon sign.
So this news, via CBSSports.com's Jeremy Fowler, comes as little surprise Tuesday:
Saban said QB Parker McLeod will explore transfer options— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerCBS) May 27, 2014
The Marietta, Ga., product was an early enrollee in Saban's 2013 recruiting class but arrived with much less fanfare than the typical Crimson Tide blue-chipper, having been ranked as a run-of-the-mill three-star recruit and the No. 37 pro-style quarterback in the country according to the 247Sports composite.
McLeod said the right things about competing in the Tide's loaded backfield, but struggled to make much headway (as evidenced by his limited action in the team's spring A-Day game) and was only going to fall further down the depth chart with the arrival of Jacob Coker.
Coker's summer addition means Alabama will still boast five quarterbacks on scholarship on the projected 2014 roster: Coker, senior Blake Sims, sophomore Alec Morris, redshirt freshman Cooper Bateman and true freshman David Cornwell. Coker is expected to battle Sims and potentially Bateman for the starting job.