Butch Dill, Associated Press
Alabama quarterback Cooper Bateman (18) throws a pass against Kentucky during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016, in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Former Cottonwood High School quarterback Cooper Bateman will transfer from Alabama, multiple sources confirmed with the Deseret News on Sunday morning.

Bateman, a redshirt junior on the No. 1 team in the country, was never able to get a hold on the Crimson Tide's starting job and wants to go to a place he'll have a chance to play a great deal during his final year of eligibility, the sources said.

One source said Bateman is interested in coming "out this way," referring to the state of Utah.

AL.com's Matt Zenitz first reported the news of Bateman's impending transfer.

Bateman's availability for the College Football Playoff will be determined by the timing of his decision on a new destination, and enrollment in that school. To be eligible to participate in spring ball, he'll need to begin classes at the new school in January.

The semifinals of the College Football Playoff are Dec. 31.

Having already received his undergraduate degree, Bateman had begun a graduate degree program in business at the University of Alabama.

Bateman started one game in 2015 but entered the 2016 season as Alabama's most experienced signal caller. He's thrown only 14 passes, however, as Blake Barnett started the season opener against USC, and freshman Jalen Hurts has been atop the depth chart since then.