Jalen Hurts To Alabama: What 4-Star QB Brings To Crimson Tide
June 6, 2015
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The Alabama Crimson Tide have their quarterback of the future in Jalen Hurts, who just committed to the school over Texas A&M, West Virginia and Kansas State among others. This is a homerun pickup for Alabama, as Hurts was the main guy Nick Saban and his staff have wanted from day one.
Hurts is a dual-threat quarterback, who unlike many Crimson Tide signal-callers of the past, can make plays with his legs. Hurts is very quick, can make guys miss in the open field and is very comfortable when the play is breaking down around him. Hurts also doesn’t get nearly enough credit for his passing ability, as he throws a strong and accurate football when his feet are set. Hurts makes quick decisions with the ball and has an even quicker release.
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As for weaknesses, Hurts needs to put on some weight and muscle, as he’s currently 6’2”, 208 pounds. Hurts could also improve his arm strength, which will likely come as he gets bigger. Hurts needs to learn to be patient in the pocket, as he sometimes runs when he doesn’t have to, and when on the move is when his accuracy really tails off.
Overall, Hurts is a very promising quarterback with very few weaknesses. With Lane Kiffin on the coaching staff, Hurts is in good hands and should develop into Alabama’s starter within a year or two. By then, Hurts will be stronger and more polished than he is right now.
The only real question I have with this commitment is Alabama’s style of offense. While Hurts would fit best in a spread offense, that’s not what the Crimson Tide run and I don’t see Saban changing from that anytime soon. Alabama will continue to stick to its ground-and-pound style with massive offensive linemen and a run-first style. While that shouldn’t necessarily hurt Hurts ability to be effective, Alabama doesn’t have a long history of successful dual-threat quarterbacks.
Still, you have to like this pickup if you’re an Alabama fan, as this kid has the potential to be special once he arrives on campus.