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New School Mentioned As Transfer Option For Alabama QB Jalen Hurts

Jalen Hurts of the Alabama Crimson Tide warms up on the field prior to the game against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan Hare Stadium.

AUBURN, AL - NOVEMBER 25: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide warms up on the field prior to the game against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan Hare Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Will Jalen Hurts still be an Alabama quarterback by the time the 2018 season arrives? That's one of the biggest questions of this college football season.

For now, the answer appears to be yes. There has been no recent Hurts transfer talk.

Several major programs have been mentioned as possible options for the quarterback, but for now, he appears to be set on staying in Tuscaloosa.

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.

The Gators have also been mentioned for Ohio State transfer QB Joe Burrow, but Saturday Down South likes Hurts better:

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.

Another option for Hurts is to just stay put for the 2018 season, even if he doesn't start. He could graduate and then play immediately at another school in 2019.