We all knew it was going to happen eventually, but Tuesday afternoon came with news that Jalen Hurts was indeed transferring from Alabama.
From a source: Jalen Hurts' name is now in the transfer portal.— Barton Simmons (@bartonsimmons) January 9, 2019
Since Simmons’ report, multiple other people have confirmed that this is, in fact, the case. With Hurts’ entry into the transfer database coaches from other schools are now allowed to contact him.
It has widely been accepted as fact that Jalen Hurts would transfer after Alabama’s season ended, and end it did - in absolutely stunning fashion against Clemson. As a graduate transfer, Hurts will be eligible to play immediately wherever he goes.
Meanwhile, TCU is in need of a veteran quarterback presence. Greyson Muehlstein is graduating, Shawn Robinson has transferred to Missouri, Justin Rogers has dropfoot, Michael Collins completed just 56% of his passes during his time at starter, and 2019 signee Max Duggan probably needs a redshirt year.
For those of you unfamiliar with dropfoot, it’s the same injury Jaylon Smith of the Dallas Cowboys had during his recovery from a gruesome injury while at Notre Dame. It took Smith two full years to recover, and he’s now showing out in year three as a Cowboy. Who knows if Rogers will follow the same timeline, it’s really a matter of when the nerves in his leg start responding.
With that unknown, it’s highly likely that TCU has been looking at the grad transfer market for a quarterback. Buffalo quarterback Tyree Jackson was rumored to be a potential candidate, but he recently declared for the NFL Draft.
It makes perfect sense for TCU to go after Jalen Hurts, because of reasons stated above. Hurts would provide a year of incredible talent at the quarterback position, giving Rogers time to heal and Duggan time to fill out and learn the offense.
Of course, TCU won’t be alone in seeking out Hurts’ services. Oklahoma and Florida State are reportedly interested. Auburn may be a player as well with Jarrett Stidham forgoing his senior season.
Ohio State may go after him too, although they have Tate Martell and recent transfer Justin Fields waiting in the wings. Maryland is another contender, with the hiring of his offensive coordinator Mike Locksley.
For what it’s worth, multiple sites are listing TCU as a quality landing spot for Hurts, along with Maryland.
But now the chaos begins, and we’re sure to hear crazy rumors until Hurts actually announces where he intends to go.