2 Schools Named ‘Realistic’ Transfer Options For Alabama QB Jalen Hurts

first_imgJalen Hurts points to the sky.TUSCALOOSA, AL – SEPTEMBER 29: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks to the sidelines for the play call against the Louisiana Ragin Cajuns at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 29, 2018 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Two schools have been named “realistic” transfer options for Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts, should the QB opt to pursue a graduate transfer following the Crimson Tide’s 2018 season.Hurts, of course, has decided to remain at Alabama – for the 2018 season, anyway. The team’s former starting QB lost the job to Tua Tagovailoa, but he remains an important part of Nick Saban’s program.“You guys seen what happened with Clemson’s quarterback,” Tagovailoa said of Hurts. “Clemson’s quarterback ended up getting hurt and they didn’t have Kelly Bryant as well. Could you imagine if something happened to me? Mac Jones would be good, but also having Jalen here, who is very well-experienced — it’s a testament to his character, it’s a testament to his morals, with how he was raised within his family. Just him being here within our team, everybody respects him so much. He’s a leader and he leads both ways. He leads vocally and he leads doing things.”The dual-threat QB is receiving some decent playing time in the backup role. He’s also making some progress in the passing game, something he needs to do if he wants to pursue a career in the pros.The likely scenario for Hurts is this: Plays at Alabama through the 2018 season, potentially wins another national championship, graduates and then plays elsewhere in 2019.Where will elsewhere be?A couple of schools have been named “realistic” options.From 247Sports:Texas has a received a lot of steam on social media being that Hurts is a native of the Lonestar State, but those within the industry don’t consider the Longhorns a serious option. Starting quarterback Sam Ehlinger will be a junior next season and seems to be coming into his own as one of the Big 12’s top passers after five games.“I would be very surprised if Texas was interested at all,” one source told 247Sports. “The Longhorns really like their four quarterbacks.”More realistic destinations would be Arizona and Houston. Wildcats coach Kevin Sumlin nearly flipped Hurts to Texas A&M during his recruitment and has a great deal of respect for the former four-star talent. Houston wouldn’t be far from Hurts’ hometown of Channelview and he would be an instant upgrade for the Cougars’ current talent at the position.Hurts hasn’t said much of anything when it comes to his playing future. This isn’t surprising, considering he’s still a member of Alabama’s program.Still, Hurts transfer talk is likely going to heat up as we approach the end of the 2018 season. There will likely be several major programs interested in Hurts’ services for the 2019 season. Hurts will be able to play right away in 2019 with one season of eligibility to go, assuming he graduates.Alabama, meanwhile, is currently taking on Missouri in Tuscaloosa, Ala. This will probably be a game in which Hurts gets a lot of playing time. The Crimson Tide are beating Missouri, 10-0, early in the firt quarter. The game is on ESPN.last_img

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