Jalen Hurts has found a new home after three seasons at Alabama.
The quarterback announced Wednesday on The Player’s Tribune that he will transfer to Oklahoma.
The decision by Hurts comes nine days after Alabama finished its season with a loss to Clemson in the College Football Playoff national championship game. Hurts made visits to Maryland, Oklahoma and Miami (Fla.) last weekend as he sorted out his options.
He introduced himself to Oklahoma fans and thanked Alabama football and fans in his article.
“So to my about-to-be family in Norman, I truly appreciate you for bringing me on board. Y’all don’t know me yet……… but just for now, to introduce myself: I’m a motivated coach’s son from the Eastside of Houston, and I love to play ball.” Hurts wrote.
“And to my Bama family, once again, THANK YOU — for everything. It’s been a great three years. I’ll love you until the end of time!”
Odds had come out last week for where Hurts could land and Oklahoma wasn’t even listed in some of them.
Another had him going to the Sooners at plus-2000.
The Arizona Wildcats were listed at plus-300, second on the list.
Hurts was 26-2 as a starter and led the Crimson Tide to the national championship game in his first two seasons. He was beat out for the job by Tua Tagovailoa this fall after Tagovailoa replaced him in the second half of last year’s title game against Georgia.
Hurts served as a backup and played sparingly throughout the season. His biggest contribution came in the SEC championship game when he replaced an injured Tagovailoa and led Alabama on two touchdown drives in the fourth quarter to beat the Bulldogs.
Hurts graduated last month and will be eligible this upcoming season.
He wrote: “Now, I’m an alumnus of the University of Alabama. Now I’m Bama for LIFE — and that right there will never change! But now it’s also time for me to start a new chapter in my story. 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. I’m very fortunate to have this opportunity, and I’m excited for the journey ahead.”
The decision should provide an immediate boost to the Sooners, who have a quarterback vacancy after Kyler Murray’s departure.
Rising junior Austin Kendall has put his name in the NCAA transfer portal and is expected to leave the program. The only other two scholarship quarterbacks on the roster in 2019 will be redshirt freshman Tanner Mordecai and incoming freshman Spencer Rattler, a 5-star recruit out of Phoenix Pinnacle High.
The move also give Hurts an opportunity to work with Sooners coach Lincoln Riley. The past two transfer quarterbacks to Norman – Baker Mayfield and Murray – each won the Heisman Trophy.
The experience at quarterback will be a boost to Oklahoma as it attempts to make a third consecutive playoff appearance.
In making the decision, Hurts turned down the chance to work with two former coaches at Alabama.
At Maryland, he would have reunited with former Crimson Tide offensive coordinator Mike Locksley, who was hired as head coach by the Terrapins. Locksley joined the Alabama staff in 2016, the same year Hurts arrived in Tuscaloosa.
Miami (Fla.) also had familiar face as incoming coach Manny Diaz hired Dan Enos as the team’s offensive coordinator. Enos served as Alabama’s quarterbacks coach last season.