Greg McElroy wasn’t a highly rated recruit coming out of high school. The Southlake Carroll, Texas prospect was only a 3-star recruit and the 348th ranked player in America. As the 13th ranked Pro-Style QB he wasn’t expected to do much for Alabama football. Not to mention he was recruited the year before Nick Saban took over in Tuscaloosa.
McElroy was considered a consolation prize for Mike Shula who was hoping to land the coveted Tim Tebow. After Tebow committed to Florida in December 2005, Shula turned his attention to the Texas high school QB. Alabama fans can count themselves lucky that Tebow spurned Shula and Alabama, because had he not, there is a very good chance Nick Saban never takes the reigns for the Crimson Tide.