Lane Kiffin made bold Jalen Hurts prediction after one evaluation
As a four-star prospect in the 2016 class, Jalen Hurts was a highly sought-after recruit. The Channelview (Texas) product had 16 offers, the majority from Power 5 teams. No school turns down a four-star recruit, but Hurts’ wasn’t considered the most prized prospect of the class, rated No. 177 overall, the No. 3 dual-threat quarterback and No. 25 Texas product by the 247Sports Composite.
Lane Kiffin, however, knew Hurts was something special the first time he watched him. Kiffin predicted not only success in college for Hurts, but an opportunity in the NFL.
Lane Kiffin said after his first evaluation of Jalen Hurts, he went back to Bama and said, “I think this guy’s a first round draft pick."
— Marty Smith (@MartySmithESPN) December 28, 2016
With Hurts winning a four-man quarterback competition and driving the other three to transfer, Kiffin’s pick looks to be on the money. This season, Hurts is 220-of-337 passing for 2,592 yards with 22 touchdowns and 9 interceptions. He’s also carried the ball 162 times for 841 yards and 12 touchdowns, living up to the dual-threat billing.
Hurts won’t be eligible for the NFL Draft until after the 2018 season, so we’re two years away from finding out if Kiffin’s prediction comes true. The true freshman’s first season certainly suggests he’ll got a shot at the next level.