Alabama commitment Cooper Bateman led his team to the 7v7 Championship at Nike's The Opening on Sunday with calm, cool, calculated performance.
It was an interesting dynamic to see Bateman grow more and more comfortable with his receivers through the course of the two day event. On Saturday he would take chances downfield, but he still seemed more comfortable playing it safe and conservative. Once he and his receivers became more familiar with one another, Bateman began making anticipation throws and really began showing off his armstrength.
Bateman was liberal with the ball, and it seemed each game, if not each drive, Bateman would have a different primary receiver from security blankets Ezekiel Elliot and A.J. Jackson at running back and tight end respectively to Ryan Switzer in the slot to the big plays from Torii Hunter Jr.
Bateman might not have the biggest arm of the quarterbacks in attendance, but he had more than enough arm to get the job done, and he was the steadiest performer across the two day event, culimating with a championship.
Here is a look at Bateman in (and his receivers) in action from The Opening.
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#2 Ryan Switzer, #3 Jacorey Warrick, #11 Ezekiel Elliot, #3 Torii Hunter, #14 Jake Oliver, #20 A.J. Jackson