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New School Mentioned A Transfer Option For Alabama QB Jalen Hurts

Jalen Hurts of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts after a touchdown against the Washington Huskies.

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 31: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts after a touchdown against the Washington Huskies during the 2016 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at the Georgia Dome on December 31, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Alabama's 2018 quarterback situation has yet to be settled. It doesn't look like it's going to be settled anytime soon, either.

Alabama's head coach spoke on this topic in a recent interview with USA TODAY. He can see both Tua Tagovailoa and Jalen Hurts playing.

"We kind of did when A.J. (McCarron) was a young player and Philip Sims," Saban said. "Not quite the same because neither one of those guys had played, they were just both high-profile guys. So look, my responsibility and obligation to the two players is to be fair and honest with each player and give them every opportunity to compete and play if they deserve it.

"And my responsibility and obligation to the team is play the best players. And that would be at any position so why would it be different at quarterback?"

Tagovailoa is definitely the favorite to win the job. If he does, and Hurts eventually decides to transfer, where would he go?

An SEC program has been mentioned as a potential option.

If he does decide to leave, would it be possible for him to move on to an SEC program? Florida is now being mentioned as a possible destination by Saturday Down South:

Mullen had a front row seat to Hurts at his best, when the sophomore led the Tide to a comeback win over Mississippi State last season, easily the Tide’s best win of the regular season and a huge reason Alabama was able to win Nick Saban a sixth national championship.

If Florida again goes the transfer route — despite being burned by Malik Zaire last year and only somewhat less redeemed by Austin Appleby and the competent, but injury prone Luke Del Rio before that — Hurts is the guy who becomes the most important recruit.

Burrow is just another guy to compete.

Hurts is a program changer.

It's still pretty unclear what kind of timeline Hurts is operating on. If he is going to transfer, a decision is likely going to have to be made soon.

It's possible he could wait to transfer until 2019. Florida could still need a QB then.