Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts is in the transfer portal, which means schools have the right to contact him, and given that he’s a graduate, he’d be allowed to play immediately with a new program. It’s not a guarantee that Hurts leaves the Crimson Tide, but with Tua Tagovailoa on deck for another year, it would probably be in his best interest to take his talents elsewhere.
So, here are five schools that seem like a logical transfer for Hurts services.
Maryland Terrapins - The Maryland Terrapins have had the worst luck with quarterbacks, as they always seem to get injured and they end up playing three or four each season. Seriously, in the last four years, Maryland has had 12 players who have 20-plus pass attempts. This would be an easy transition for Hurts, as former Alabama offensive coordinator Mike Locksley is now the head coach for the Terps. Hurts knows the system, and Locksley gets a reliable quarterback to ease into his first year. Everybody is happy.
TCU Horned Frogs - Hurts was interested in TCU early in his recruitment, as he attended camp back in June of 2014, and this would be a return home with him being from Channelview, Texas. TCU has tons of offensive weapons in Sewo Olonilua, Jalen Reagor and Darrius Anderson, so he’d be in good hands. The Horned Frogs are also no stranger to transfer quarterbacks when you look at Kenny Hill. A return home, a plug and play offense and a top-25 program, this move for Hurts makes too much sense.
Arkansas Razorbacks - The Arkansas Razorbacks have gone two years without consistent quarterback play and are in danger of entering another season with no definitive answer. Chad Morris is somebody who was recruiting Hurts early in the process, and he is a coach who is known for his offensive mind, particularly when it comes to quarterback play. Morris could get the most out of Hurts and possibly improve his draft stock tremendously. This move would also give Hurts the ability to compete in the toughest division in football, which includes a shot at his former school. Interesting.
Miami Hurricanes - Basically the same reason I included the Miami Hurricanes on my Brandon Wimbush transfer article… Miami needs a quarterback in order to be taken seriously as a national title contender. The Hurricanes have the defense, playmakers on offense, a passionate head coach in Manny Diaz, just give them somebody who can throw an accurate pass once in awhile. There’s also rumors that Miami will be hiring Major Applewhite as offensive coordinator, and he was with the Houston Cougars when they were recruiting Hurts. This move could possibly bring the U back. Maybe?
Florida Gators - Feleipe Franks has shown flashes as a starting quarterback, but nothing consistent and Florida fans aren’t the most patient in the world. Hurts is an immediate upgrade for the Gators offense and easily the best quarterback the school has had since Tim Tebow. Florida quarterbacks coach Brian Johnson also recruited Hurts out of high school when he was with Mississippi State (while Dan Mullen was head coach), so there’s a relationship there. If the Gators can snag Hurts, they become legit dark horse national title contenders.