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Lincoln Riley Gives Early Jalen Hurts Evaluation

Jalen Hurts of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on during the second half of the game against the Mercer Bears at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

TUSCALOOSA, AL - NOVEMBER 18: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on during the second half of the game against the Mercer Bears at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 18, 2017 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Jalen Hurts is now officially a member of the Oklahoma Sooners after the school announced that he was enrolled and would participate in Spring practices.

Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley has now weighed in on where Hurts is and how high he can climb as a member of the Sooners.

Speaking to The Norman Transcript, Riley spoke glowingly about all of the elements of Hurts' game:

"I think he's really progressed as a thrower with a lot of the film I've watched this year," OU coach Lincoln Riley said. "I see a very, very capable thrower, a very good athlete. He's strong. He's going to have much different build than a couple of these (quarterbacks) we've had the last few years."

Hurts went 26-2 as a starter at Alabama. As a freshman, he led the team to the national title game but lost to Clemson.

The following year, Hurts led Alabama to another national title game, but was benched at halftime for Tua Tagovailoa, who led a comeback win over Georgia.

After losing the starting job to Tagovailoa in 2018, Hurts played mostly as a backup and ultimately decided to transfer following the team's loss to Clemson in the national title game.

For his college career, Hurts has completed 62.9 percent of his passes for 5,626 yards and 48 touchdowns. On the ground, he has another 23 touchdowns and 1,976 yards along with 5.2 yards per carry.

[The Norman Transcript]