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Jalen Hurts Reportedly Impressed At Elite 11

Jalen Hurts of the Alabama Crimson Tide rolls  out to pass against the Mercer Bears at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

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

Jalen Hurts remains a quarterback at the University of Alabama - for now, at least. The Crimson Tide signal-caller has been impressing, too.

The junior quarterback recently impressed at a quarterback camp, making a lot of nice throws while competing with Tua Tagovailoa.

An NFL Draft analyst was impressed.

“The best thing was that I got a chance to interview him and talk to him for about 10 minutes and, you guys know, he’s just so mature. If an answer requires five words, he’s not going to give you 100. He’s going to be brief and business-like and to the point. He’s a big, thick, strong kid who was very classy in my interactions with him. I wasn’t going to go deep into the whole ‘Who’s going to start? Are you coming back?’ I didn’t want to go down that road with him. I just kind of wanted to learn more about him as a kid," Daniel Jeremiah told 247Sports.

It's looking like Hurts will remain at Alabama, at least for the 2018 season. If he does end up transferring, though, where could he go?

Here are five options.

5 potential transfer options for Jalen Hurts

Earlier this year, Sports Illustrated's Andy Staples laid out some options.

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 is a native of Channelview, Texas, just outside Houston. Texas A&M is the most local Power Five program, and one that was the main competition to Alabama in his recruitment. It is highly unlikely that he will be allowed to become an Aggie though, as he would then face Alabama every year.

Greg McElroy also thinks the Longhorns are a strong option, should Jalen Hurts transfer. From an interview with The Dan Patrick Show earlier in the year:

“I think that’s a real possibility,” McElroy said of a potential Hurts transfer. “He’s from Texas and the Texas Longhorns are in the quarterback market. And, by the way, he didn’t redshirt. So when he does transfer– if he does– and I would assume that’s what he will do because he’s a quarterback and it’s hard to go to a guy and say ‘You mind playing outside linebacker? Are you good moving to running back?’ Not a lot of guys take kindly to that move, especially at the collegiate level.

TCU has a recent history of using dual-threat quarterbacks like Hurts well, and the Horned Frogs are a pretty consistent program in his home state. There are few coaches with a better reputation than Gary Patterson.

Florida State is also very intriguing. Willie Taggart turned Quinton Flowers into one of the most dynamic dual-threat quarterbacks in college football during his time at USF. He accounted for 11,739 total yards as a Bull.

There's a chance that Hurts could also drop down to a smaller school, although he probably won't need to. However, Houston has been a Group of Five power, turning into one of the best schools outside of the Power Five under Tom Herman. Also, keep an eye on whatever happens with Lane Kiffin. FAU may not land Jalen Hurts, but if he plays out the year at Alabama, and Kiffin moves on to a bigger job, which is definitely in play, that could be an option. Kiffin was one of the lead recruiters for Hurts at Alabama, and obviously got a lot out of him as offensive coordinator for the Crimson Tide. It wouldn't be shocking to see Jalen Hurts transfer and join Kiffin at a bigger school, if he moves on from FAU to a Power Five job.


It seems unlikely that Hurts will be making a decision anytime soon. Stay tuned.