The sophomore tweeted out the news Wednesday morning saying, “Ready to make a change in my life for the better and I thank everyone who has supported me through this process. Go Rockets!”
His father, Bruce Ely, confirmed the news to al.com.
The 6-foot-1, 198-pound Ely led Plant High (Tampa, Fla.) to three state championships his sophomore, junior and senior seasons. He was a top 50 quarterback coming out of high school. He redshirted in 2011 and saw limited action in six games last season. He was 3-for-4 for 42 yards and a touchdown.
Ely was one nine quarterbacks listed on Alabama’s spring roster.
AJ McCarron is set to play his final season for the Crimson Tide, who are coming off their third national championship in four seasons.
Blake Sims has the most experience behind McCarron on the roster. He played in 10 games last season and was 5-fo-10 for 77 yards. He also rushed for 187 yards and two touchdowns.
Ely will have to sit out the 2013 season and will be eligible to play in 2014.
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