The father of Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts revealed in an interview with Bleacher Report that his son is likely going to transfer out of the program if he doesn't win the starting quarterback job. He'll become the "biggest free agent in college football history," says his father.
We're still a ways away from that, obviously. The other quarterback in contention, Tua Tagovailoa, is currently injured. Nick Saban will probably want to wait a while before making a decision.
If Hurts does opt to transfer, where would he go? Three schools have been mentioned the most as possible destinations.
Sports Illustrated's Andy Staples named Texas, TCU as possible fits. Here's why:
Would the Houston-area native head back to his home state and play in the Big 12? He’d fit well in the offenses at Texas and TCU. If he were to watch video of Quinton Flowers playing for Willie Taggart at South Florida, he might be intrigued by the idea of playing in that offense for Taggart at Florida State.
Hurts, a rising junior, would probably have to sit out the 2018 season if he decides to transfer. He could redshirt and then play in 2019 with two years of eligibility remaining.
Hurts will surely be highly pursued on the transfer market, if he gets there. He's been one of the country's most successful quarterbacks through two seasons.
The Hurts' storyline is going to be one of the biggest of the offseason and preseason. Stay tuned.