Jalen Hurts announces transfer to Oklahoma
Averion Hurts said it best when he claimed his son would become the biggest free agent in college football history if he decided to leave Alabama. After Jalen Hurts put his name in the NCAA transfer portal, the list of suitors around the nation for the Crimson Tide quarterback was lengthy.
Well, following a quick recruitment process, Hurts has made his decision — he’s headed to Oklahoma. Hurts will be eligible immediately to play for the Sooners and Lincoln Riley, as he is listed as a graduate transfer after completing his undergraduate degree in Tuscaloosa.
Hurts announced his decision with a post which can be found at The Players’ Tribune.
“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 for the site.
“I’m very fortunate to have this opportunity, and I’m excited for the journey ahead.”
While he announces his decision in the story, the vast majority of his article is dedicated to Alabama, Crimson Tide fans and how thankful he was to be a proud member of the program.
The 2016 SEC Offensive Player of the Year leaves Alabama after passing for 5,626 yards, 48 touchdowns and only 12 interceptions during his three seasons on the field. He also completed 62.9 percent of his passes and rushed for 1,976 yards and an additional 23 touchdowns for the Tide.
After losing his starting job entering his junior season, Hurts played in a reserve role behind Tua Tagovailoa in 2018. However, instead of being a distraction to Alabama’s efforts, he remained a leader for Nick Saban’s program and was the catalyst for Alabama’s comeback win over Georgia in the 2018 SEC Championship Game.