Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Jalen Hurts is reportedly listed in the NCAA transfer portal, which means the rising senior signal caller could be on a new sideline next fall.
From a source: Jalen Hurts’ name is now in the transfer portal.
— Barton Simmons (@bartonsimmons) January 9, 2019
But even if Hurts does end up transferring, I don’t think he’ll be wearing a Tennessee Vols uniform in 2019.
Would Hurts be a great addition to Tennessee?
He’s an accomplished quarterback who has led Alabama to two national championship games and two SEC championships. Simply put, Hurts is a winner.
And that’s essentially why I don’t think he’s going to end up at Tennessee.
Hurts isn’t going to transfer somewhere unless he knows the starting job is his. I’m not saying he’s afraid to compete at all. But it would be foolish of him to go to a program where the path to starting is muddied. And that’s exactly what the case would be at Tennessee.
Pruitt isn’t going to promise Hurts the starting job at UT. Just like he didn’t promise Keller Chryst the job when he transferred to Knoxville from Stanford.
Now, do I think Hurts would win the job at Tennessee?
But how much would that elevate the program? Maybe it adds a win or two?
As things stand right now, the best case scenario for the Vols next season is probably winning seven or eight games. It would be a stretch to think that adding Hurts would get them to nine wins.
So why would Hurts want to go to a school where he has to compete with an established starter and where a conference championship is likely out of reach?
I don’t think he wants that at all.
At the end of the day, I’m not sure where Hurts will go. He might look at his options and decide to stay at Alabama to possibly get another ring. Or maybe he goes somewhere that will help him improve his draft stock.
It’s really anyone’s guess. But I don’t think he’ll be suiting up for the Vols next fall.
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