FSU QB Jacob Coker was visited by Alabama coach Nick Saban on Wednesday afternoon, giving merit to longstanding rumors of there being mutual interest between Coker and Alabama.

Saban went to Coker’s house on a recruiting trip and the signal caller could be setting up an official visit to Alabama, according to a report from AL.com.

A FSU spokesperson confirmed that Coker has been granted a release from FSU.

Coker, an Alabama native, was in a race for the starting QB spot at FSU with Jameis Winston throughout most of the offseason. Winston eventually beat out Coker and went on to win the Heisman Trophy and lead the Seminoles to a national championship.

Coker (6-5, 230) embraced the backup spot and played well in spot duty until suffering a season-ending knee injury in November against Wake Forest.

Because he was a redshirt sophomore, it is logical that Coker would look for a new home rather than sit behind Winston – a redshirt freshman – for most of his career. Coker deflected questions about transfer rumors prior to the national title game earlier in January, stating “I don’t know [how rumor started.”

“I’ve heard people toss it around, but I hadn’t said anything about it,” Coker said. “I don’t know how it got started.”

Rumors look like they could become reality.

A product of Mobile (Ala.) St. Paul’s, Coker would be replacing fellow St. Paul alum – A.J. McCarron – if he did leave FSU for Alabama.