A Surprising School Might Be Favorite For Jalen Hurts’ Transfer

Jalen Hurts of the Alabama Crimson Tide passes the ball against the Washington Huskies during the 2016 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at the Georgia Dome.ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 31: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide passes the ball against the Washington Huskies during the 2016 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at the Georgia Dome on December 31, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)Jalen Hurts might not end up being the biggest quarterback prospect on college football’s transfer market with five-star freshman Justin Fields reportedly leaving Georgia, but Alabama’s dual-threat junior will still be heavily pursued.The former Crimson Tide starting quarterback has been linked to several major programs – Auburn, Texas, Oklahoma, Ohio State – but a surprising school might actually be the favorite to land him.Yahoo! Sports’ Pete Thamel reports that Maryland is actually the “most popular speculation spot” for Hurts.The Terrapins have hired Alabama’s offensive coordinator, Mike Locksley, so it actually wouldn’t be too surprising if Hurts decided to follow him.Here’s what Thamel wrote on the latest regarding Hurts:The Alabama quarterback has a 26-2 record as a starter, which is good enough to get you a statue built at most schools. His spot duty to save Alabama in the SEC title game reminded everyone of his dual-threat ability and dynamism. 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. 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, with Alabama heavily favored to play for the national title on Jan. 7, it will be a quick turnaround for Hurts to find his next home.Maryland has had some major quarterback issues over the last couple of seasons and Hurts would bring some serious stability to the position.Hurts is expected to be one of a couple of major quarterbacks on the transfer market with Fields and, potentially, Notre Dame’s Brandon Wimbush.Stay tuned.

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