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Washington transfer quarterback Austin Mack intends to transfer to Alabama, following coach Kalen DeBoer from the Huskies to the Crimson Tide, he announced Thursday. Mack was the No. 73 overall prospect in the 2023 recruiting cycle, according to 247Sports, and received offers from a handful of Pac-12 schools before committing to the Huskies. 

The 6-foot-6, 226 pounder heads to Alabama with four seasons of eligibility remaining after redshirting during his lone season at Washington. He did not see any playing time for the Huskies during their run to a College Football Playoff National Championship appearance. 

Mack was initially a member of the 2024 cycle before reclassifying and graduating a year early from Folsom (California) High School. Mack led Folsom to 12 wins and CIF Sacramento Division 1 championship in 2022, passing for 3,498 yards and 40 touchdowns. 

Mack is the first player -- transfer or high school prospect -- to commit to Alabama since DeBoer took over as coach on Jan. 12. 

Mack brings depth to Alabama QB room 

In committing to Alabama, Mack joins a quarterbacks room that already features an incumbent starter in Jalen Milroe. Despite inconsistent play -- especially early in the season -- Milroe's efforts were enough to lead Alabama to the College Football Playoff semifinals. Milroe, who still has two seasons of eligibility remaining, finished the year with 2,834 yards and 23 touchdowns through the air. He ran for an additional 531 yards and 12 touchdowns. 

While it seems unlikely he'll unseat Milroe in 2024, Mack has a solid chance to emerge as the Crimson Tide's primary backup given the roster turnover the team has experienced. Quarterbacks Tyler Buchner and Eli Holstein were already among the outgoing transfers for Alabama before Mack's commitment. Five-star freshman Julian Sayin, who just enrolled with the program earlier this month, will reportedly join the transfer exodus from Tuscaloosa. Alabama players are currently in the midst of a special 30-day window to enter the transfer portal should they wish, which is standard for any program when a coaching change occurs. 

With options somewhat limited for now, Mack should be able to gain plenty of reps in the spring, all while working with coaches whom he's developed relationships with from his time at Washington. That familiarity Mack has with DeBoer's scheme compared to Milroe shouldn't be discounted. If Mack makes the most of his opportunities, it could at least make for an interesting storyline entering fall camp before DeBoer officially decides who will start at quarterback in Week 1.