TUSCALOOSA,Ala (WIAT) Phillip Ely watched from the sidelines in the Georgia dome last December, watching two of his teammates battle it out in what was arguably the greatest game in 2012.
His at the time teammate AJ Mccarron, and his former teammate from Plant High school in Tampa, Georgia QB Aaron Murray.
Following Murrays departure to the Georgia Bulldogs, Ely provided Plant with a state championship season of his own, throwing for over 4,500 yards and 46 touchdowns in 2011, earning himself a Scholarship to the National Champions in Tuscaloosa.
Now, Ely is choosing to go his own route, in lieu of following up McCarron.
Ready to make a change in my life for the better and I thank everyone who has supported me through this process. Go Rockets!
— Phillip Ely (@Phillip_Ely12) May 29, 2013
The Tweet supplemented by a Memo from Robert Weiner, Ely’s former HS coach
“Hello everyone. I would like you to know that former Plant quarterback Phillip Ely will transfer from the University of Alabama to the University of Toledo. Phillip just completed his redshirt freshman year and is 6’1″ 215 pounds and has had an amazing football run in the last five years. “
At Toledo, Ely will work under Head Coach Matt Campbell and offensive coordinator Coach Jason Candle. Looking ahead to his first year of eligibility None of the quarterbacks the Rockets used last season will still be on the team in 2014.
Coming into the spring, there was plenty of discussion about the depth at running back for the Crimson Tide, but it was the quarterback position that dwarfed the backs numbers wise.
Alabama had 10 QB’s listed in the spring, there were only 13 defensive linemen.
Below is the Ely Bio from the University of Alabama
2012 (REDSHIRT FRESHMAN): Has earned playing time as the backup quarterback in six games, completing 3-of-4 passes for 42 yards and a touchdown. Arkansas: Connected on two of his three attempts for 15 yards. Mississippi State: Threw his first career touchdown on a 27-yard pass, his only attempt of the game.
2011 (REDSHIRT): He redshirted during his first year with the Crimson Tide.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Ely was the Crimson Tide’s lone quarterback commitment in the 2011 signing class … U.S. Army All-American … ranked as the No. 20 pro-style quarterback prospect by Rivals.com and the No. 48 player in the state of Florida … No. 40 quarterback by ESPNU and the No. 41 QB by Scout.com … ranked as the 69th player in Florida by SuperPrep Magazine … No. 107 on the Mobile Press-Register’s Super Southeast 120 … No. 77 on The Orlando Sentinel Top 100 players in Florida … threw for 2,731 yards and 26 touchdowns in 2010 for Plant High School while completing 64.3 percent of his passes and leading his team to the state championship game … As a junior in 2010, he led Plant to the Florida 5A State title while throwing for 1,860 yards and 20 touchdowns, earning 5A honorable mention All-State honors … also led his team to a state championship as a sophomore in 2008 … chose Alabama over LSU, Clemson, Mississippi, Wake Forest and Rutgers.