Alabama Quarterback Jalen Hurts announced Wednesday via a story on The Players’ Tribune that he will be playing his senior season at the University of Oklahoma.
“I’ve decided to take my talents to the University of Oklahoma, where I will continue my development as both a quarterback and as a student,” Hurts wrote. “I’m very fortunate to have this opportunity, and I’m excited for the journey ahead.”
Because Hurts is a senior he will be eligible to play immediately and will not be forced to sit out the 2019 season.
Hurts entered his name into the transfer portal last week and took three official visits starting on Friday since then. Hurts first visited the University of Maryland on Friday, followed by his visit to the University of Oklahoma on Saturday, and finally taking his third visit to the University of Miami on Sunday.
However, according to ESPN sources those were not the only options Hurts had available. Allegedly other collegiate programs such as Auburn, Tennessee, Utah, UCLA, Florida State, and Ohio State all showed interest in the Alabama Quarterback.
Hurts went 26-2 as a starter for the Crimson Tide but was later benched for Tua Tagovailoa in the 2018 season. Despite being the backup the senior QB appeared in all but two games in which he threw for 765 yards, eight touchdowns, and two interceptions.
Jalen Hurts spent two seasons as the Alabama starting quarterback, in which he threw for a combined 4,861 yards, 40 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. On top of that he was also named SEC Offensive Player of the Year.
The University of Oklahoma is no stranger to transfer quarterbacks as their previous two quarterbacks, Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray were also transfers. Both quarterbacks went on to win the most prestigious award in collegiate football; the Heisman Trophy.
Jalen Hurts is not transferring with the promise of a free starting role as he will have to compete with true freshman Spencer Rattler. Rattler was rated the No. 1-ranked dual threat quarterback of the 2019 class and signed with Oklahoma back in December during the early signing period.
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