Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts has put his name in the NCAA transfer portal, in response to a number of reviews.
This transfer is hardly sudden, and plenty of have speculated on Hurts’ future — including Sporting News — since Tua Tagovailoa stepped in for the Crimson Tide in a 26-23 victory towards Georgia within the 2017 School Soccer Playoff championship recreation.
Hurts can be a wonderful get for an additional FBS program if he does certainly switch. He led Alabama to 2 School Soccer Playoff appearances and stepped in for Tagovailoa to lead the Tide to a win in this year’s SEC championship game. Listed here are some faculties to control:
There’s the reference to former Tide offensive coordinator Mike Locksley, and Hurts can be an excellent guess to start out for the Terrapins. Taking part in time would not be a problem, however how would he reply on an undermanned roster that will be up towards Ohio State, Michigan and Penn State?
Dana Holgorsen takes over for the Cougars and wishes a quarterback to construct on in his first season, however getting the Channelview, Texas native can be an enormous coup. Will Grier performed nicely in Holgorsen’s system, and Hurts would get each alternative to indicate he has improved as a passer.
This matches. Oklahoma quarterbacks Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray have received the Heisman Trophy every of the final two seasons. If Murray chooses baseball over soccer, which is an effective guess, Lincoln Riley might foster a contest with Austin Kendall in fall camp. If Hurts wins that battle, then he might put up massive numbers right here.
Might you think about? Hurts will create an enormous overreaction if he stays within the SEC, however this is able to be much less dramatic than if he stayed within the SEC West with Texas A&M, Arkansas or Auburn. This seems to be probably the most life like in-conference touchdown spot, nevertheless, and that’s due to former Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt. That might take the Third Saturday in October in Tuscaloosa up a couple of notches, too.
Lane Kiffin labored with Hurts as a freshman at Alabama, and getting him to Boca Raton would instantly make the Owls some of the attention-grabbing groups within the Group of 5. The query for Hurts, nevertheless, is would he be capable of show sufficient to scouts by taking part in in C-USA after taking part in within the SEC for 3 years? Would this stage be large enough?
The Bruins are a wild card, however Chip Kelly might make this work. He used switch quarterbacks at Oregon prior to now. Hurts can be in a far less-pressured state of affairs with the Bruins, and it’s a quarterback-friendly system that ought to improve his growth.
Hurts would slot in nicely with the Nittany Lions, and brings an identical ability set that outgoing quarterback Hint McSorley has. The difficulty right here is Tommy Stevens has waited his flip in Joyful Valley, taking part in a selfless function much like Hurts’ as a way to get extra taking part in time. Would James Franklin be prepared to shake that up?
Hurts adopted Manny Diaz on Twitter, so it should be true, proper? The Hurricanes, nevertheless, had been dogged by inefficient quarterback play this season, and Hurts might work with a gifted group of skill-position gamers. Miami is a high-profile quarterback job.
New Mountaineers coach Neal Brown has no apparent connection to Hurts, however the taking part in time can be there, given Grier has taken the subsequent step to the NFL. Hurts would put up numbers at any Massive 12 faculty — we stated as a lot if Oklahoma turned an possibility — however a veteran quarterback is at all times good for a first-year transition within the Energy 5.