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2 Schools Named 'Realistic Options' For Alabama QB Jalen Hurts

Jalen Hurts points to the sky.

TUSCALOOSA, AL - SEPTEMBER 29: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks to the sidelines for the play call against the Louisiana Ragin Cajuns at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 29, 2018 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Jalen Hurts is playing in what could be his final home game as a member of the Alabama football program today. The Crimson Tide backup quarterback is believed to be a serious transfer candidate following the season.

Hurts has been dealing with some injuries lately, and it's unclear if he'll be able to give Alabama anything meaningful today, but he still should get a nice reception from the Crimson Tide's fan base this afternoon.

What will Hurts decide to do after the season? Most believe he'll graduate and transfer and play elsewhere in 2019.

Several major schools have been mentioned possible options for Hurts, though a couple appear to be standing out.

From 247Sports:

Texas has a received a lot of steam on social media being that Hurts is a native of the Lonestar State, but those within the industry don't consider the Longhorns a serious option. Starting quarterback Sam Ehlinger will be a junior next season and seems to be coming into his own as one of the Big 12's top passers after five games.

"I would be very surprised if Texas was interested at all," one source told 247Sports. "The Longhorns really like their four quarterbacks."

More realistic destinations would be Arizona and Houston. Wildcats coach Kevin Sumlin nearly flipped Hurts to Texas A&M during his recruitment and has a great deal of respect for the former four-star talent. Houston wouldn't be far from Hurts' hometown of Channelview and he would be an instant upgrade for the Cougars' current talent at the position.

Hurts has said very little when it comes to his future decision. He reportedly wanted to stay at Alabama this season in order to develop his passing game more and learn from a great coaching staff.

No one will blame him for playing elsewhere in 2019, though.

Alabama and Auburn, meanwhile, are set to play at 3:30 p.m. E.T. The game will be on CBS.