Jalen Hurts has ended his Alabama career. After the longtime Crimson Tide signal-caller finished off the 2018 season with the program, the two-time NCAA champion has officially announced that he will be moving on from Tuscaloosa.
Transfer rumors began swirling immediately after Hurts lost the starting job, but it wasn’t until Wednesday, January 9 that he officially entered his name into the NCAA transfer protocol.
Now that he is in the transfer protocol, Hurts is eligible to be contacted by other college teams.
Alex Scarborough of ESPN was first to report the news.
Back in December, Hurts received his diploma from the University of Alabama — and got a standing ovation from the crowd as he made his way across the stage — which will make him immediately eligible as a graduate transfer for the 2019 college football season.
Among the schools linked to Hurts are Auburn, Texas, Oklahoma, and Ohio State.
But with former five-star quarterback Justin Fields transferring to the Buckeyes from Georgia, Ohio State is likely no longer on his list. Another team to watch out for could be the Maryland Terrapins.
According to Pete Thamel of Yahoo! Sports, the “most popular speculation spot” for Hurts is the Maryland Terrapins.
Considering the Terrapins’ new head coach is former Alabama offensive coordinator Mike Locksley and new Maryland offensive coordinator Butch Jones is a former Alabama offensive analyst, the speculation makes plenty of sense.
“The most popular speculation spot is Maryland, where he’d follow offensive coordinator Mike Locksley. In terms of scheme, UCLA looms as the most logical fit,” Thamel wrote. “In terms of familiarity, he could go to FAU where he’d be aligned to thrive again under former Tide offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin. Ohio State could loom as a possibility considering Day’s work in Haskins’ lone season as a starter.”
Regardless of where Hurts lands, he will be bringing plenty of high-level experience and a 26-2 record as a starter.