The off-field “courtship soap opera” of former Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts continues Tuesday, and it’s looking like the Miami Hurricanes aren’t in his plans.
First, it seemed natural when new Canes head coach Manny Diaz hired Alabama quarterback coach Dan Enos to be his offensive coordinator, that Hurts, who was already looking to transfer, might come with him to South Florida.
As part of the courtship, Hurts was in Coral Gables meeting with Enos and Diaz, while having dinner on Sunday night:
Told by #UM source Alabama QB Jalen Hurts met with coaches today and was having dinner at Prime 112. He visited Maryland (Friday) and Oklahoma (Saturday) over the weekend.
— Manny Navarro (@Manny_Navarro) January 14, 2019
Alas, it’s now a couple of days later, Spring classes have begun at the University of Miami and Hurts has not enrolled to come be part of the Canes.
So, as Navarro reported, it’s known that Hurts has also met with Oklahoma and coach Lincoln Riley. And, he would now be the replacement for Sooners quarterback Kyler Murray, who announced Monday by the deadline that he is headed to the NFL a year early.
There is also been much written and speculation that Hurts would follow former Alabama offensive coordinator Mike Locksley, who is now the new head coach at Maryland. However, he has not chosen them yet, either.
For what it’s worth, an Alabama radio station reported Tuesday morning report this Hurts update:
Sources tell us Jalen Hurts deciding between Oklahoma, TCU and Auburn.
— Locker Room (@Lockerroom1029) January 15, 2019
That is the first time that Auburn (the archrival to the Crimson Tide) has been mentioned by anyone as a destination for Hurts. And, the station also mentions TCU, which doesn’t seem to have the connections that Miami and Maryland do with former Alabama staff members, who have left for other prominent jobs.
So that report should be taken with a grain of salt.
Still, if Hurts was really sold on coming to Miami, it would be because of the hiring of Enos and the chance to play immediately in a program that has had some recent success. Yet, he didn’t choose to commit over the last couple of days, enroll and get going with the Hurricanes.
So, for now, we are left to wonder: is Miami off his list?
Or, is Jalen Hurts just soaking in the courtship like a pro free agent before making his decision?
We will find out soon enough.
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