Jalen Hurts has been consistently mentioned as a top college football transfer candidate since the 2017 season ended. His father even said in an interview that his son would become "the biggest" free agent in college football history if he didn't win the starting job. However, it's looking like no move is going to be made.
College football has passed a new rule regarding redshirt eligibility. Players are now able to play in up to four games and still use that year as a "redshirt year."
So, with Alabama not appearing to have officially settled on a starting quarterback for 2018, it would make little sense for Hurts to leave now. He can stay with the Crimson Tide, play in a couple of games if needed (or all of them if he wins the starting job), and then decide on his future in 2019.
Hurts will be a graduate transfer next year, so he'll be able to play right away in 2019. And, if he plays in a couple of games this season (but no more than 4), he won't lose a year of eligibility.
There has been plenty of transfer talk surrounding the quarterback, but at this point, it just doesn't make logical sense for him to leave.
ESPN's Peter Burns agrees.
"This NCAA 4 Game rule should single-handedly end the Jalen Hurts is going to transfer from Bama discussion right? Jalen can play and help Bama if needed up to 4 games, graduate and then transfer anywhere he wants if he doesn't land full time hosting gig," he tweeted.
Big-time transfers are always a fun time in the college football world, but it seems likely that we won't be getting that from Hurts until 2019 at the earliest.
Alabama opens its 2018 season a big stage. The Crimson Tide are taking on Louisville on Sept. 1 in primetime.