Late Tuesday night, former Ohio State quarterback Tate Martell officially announced that he’d be transferring to Miami ahead of the 2019 season. Obviously, his decision will factor into what Jalen Hurts chooses to do.
Hurts, who played at Alabama for three years, entered his name into the NCAA’s transfer portal last week. In the time since, three schools have been rumored to be options – Oklahoma, Maryland and Miami.
Tuesday, a number of betting sites listed Maryland as the new favorite.
Martell’s decision to transfer to Miami doesn’t eliminate the Hurricanes as an option, but it makes them a much longer shot. Martell, according to a report, is going to apply to the NCAA for a hardship waiver to be able to play immediately.
Feel like Hurts decision ultimately will come down to Oklahoma v Maryland, but we'll see.
— Andrea Adelson (@aadelsonESPN) January 16, 2019
Hurts would probably win the job at Miami over Martell anyway, but you can imagine he isn’t looking for a quarterback battle in his final year of eligibility.
For that reason alone, Maryland and Oklahoma now make more sense.
Hurts will probably announce his decision soon. Whichever team lands his services will be getting one of the most experienced quarterbacks in the nation.