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Andy Staples Thinks Florida State, TCU, Texas Could Make Sense For Jalen Hurts

An interior view of Florida State's football stadium.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - SEPTEMBER 07: FA-18 fighter jets do a missing man fly-over to honor FSU graduate and U.S. Navy pilot Scott Speicher who was shot down in the first Gulf War during pre-game ceremonies as the Miami Hurricanes prepare to take on the Florida State Seminoles at Doak Campbell Stadium on September 7, 2009 in Tallahassee, Florida. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

There's a ton of intrigue surrounding the possibility of Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts transferring away from the Crimson Tide.

Jalen Hurts has had a ridiculous amount of success with Alabama. As a freshman last season, he led Alabama to the national championship game and was one drive away from out-dueling Deshaun Watson for the title. This year, he started every game en route to Alabama winning the whole thing.

Of course, it was Tua Tagovailoa that took over under center for Alabama in the second half, and brought the Tide back from a 13-point deficit.

Hurts was all class when asked about the benching after the game, but naturally there has to be a chance that the quarterback who is 27-2 as a starter may want to head elsewhere, if Tagovailoa is poised to win the job outright for 2018. Sports Illustrated's Andy Staples believes that it makes most sense for Hurts to go through spring ball before making a decision, but that if he does make a move, three big programs stand out as intriguing landing spots:

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.

Former Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy has also cited the Longhorns as a possible destination, should Hurts wind up transferring.

Others have floated the possibility of Hurts making a move to another position like safety or running back, which could be better fits for him at the NFL level. Still, its hard to convince such a successful quarterback to make a change like that.

For now, we'll probably have to wait a while before any decision is made.

[Sports Illustrated]