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.
Not so fast on QB D’Eriq King coming to Hurricanes?
24 hours later it doesn’t look dead certain that Houston transfer quarterback D’Eriq King will end up at the University of Miami after all.
In fact, it may be several days before we know the coveted grad transfer QB decides to do.
This after a report Sunday out of Houston from Fox 26 Sports director Mark Berman ,who got comments from King about his short term plans and visits:
D’Eriq King (@DeriqKing_), who is transferring from @UHCougarFB, says he has yet to make a final decision on where he’s going: “I haven’t committed to anybody yet. I’m still looking at my options. I visited Miami. I liked it, but there are other options I’m still trying see to..” pic.twitter.com/E4kz2xypWR
— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) January 19, 2020
It is interesting that King is considering Maryland in the mix in addition to powerhouse LSU and possibly trying to revitalize Miami.
As our Jamil King wrote on Sunday it looked like the Houston standout quarterback was “e-ticketed” for Coral Gables and to come as a package deal with newly hired offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee. Lashlee, who has previously been at Auburn and the SMU offensive coordinator the last couple of seasons, was hired two weeks ago to help jump start the Canes disastrous offense from the second half of last year.
Quarterback play plagued the Canes in 2019 with Jarren Williams showing flashes of great play followed by freshman mistakes and inconsistency. N’kosi Perry found his way into some games, but was also inconsistent in his own right. Miami suffered humiliating losses to FIU and at Duke to close the regular season.
Then, the Hurricanes were completely inept in the Independence Bowl, while being shut out 14-0. This, while rumors were swirling everywhere that coach Manny Diaz would be firing his first year offensive coordinator, Dan Enos. Enos, who had been the QB coach at Alabama, was fired the next day.
Back to King, if the Hurricanes are able to land him, they get a player who over his career at the University of Houston threw for 4,925 yards for an average of 8.2 yards per attempt and tossed 50 touchdowns with only ten interceptions.
King also completed almost 62% of his passes with the Cougars, adding another 28 touchdowns on the ground. He promises to bring some explosives, something the Canes desperately needed, if they can land him.
Hurricanes land Houston QB transfer King
Miami Hurricanes coach Manny Diaz found out very quickly that the life if a head coach isn’t an easy one. He saw his Miami Hurricane offense move nothing like a “Hurricane” at all.
Instead of fast and lethal, it was often slow and stagnant.
Thus, Diaz had to go in a different direction for his offense replacing his first-year offensive coordinator Dan Enos, and he made what looks to be like a strong hire in Rhett Lashlee, bringing his spread offense over from SMU.
Quarterback play plagued the Canes in 2019 with Jarren Williams showing flashes of great play followed by freshman mistakes and inconsistency. N’kosi Perry found his way into some games but was also inconsistent in his own right.\
With New OC Lashlee coming in, it was going to be interesting if either Williams or Perry could run the new system or if seldom used 2019 transfer Tate Martell may be the best fit?
All of those questions may be answered for us already with news coming out today on a new Miami quarterback entering the fold. Houston transfer D’Eriq King has decided to play for the Canes in 2020.
— Manny Navarro (@Manny_Navarro) January 19, 2020
King is an immediate upgrade in the QB room for a few different reasons for the Hurricanes in 2020. First, over his career at the University of Houston (above), King has thrown for 4,925 yards for an average of 8.2 yards per attempt and tossed 50 touchdowns with only ten interceptions.
King also completed almost 62% of his passes with the Cougars, adding another 28 touchdowns on the ground. The young man can flat out play ball, something the Canes desperately needed.
King is also going to be a leader in the locker room and the quarterback room. He is an older guy and will be someone everyone can look up to and listen to another coach on the field. King also brings the most to this offense.
He has the ability to make deep throws to the far side or hit a man in stride. He also brings the running ability to the offense that opens up a Pandora’s box for Lashlee. He can use the QB designed run, an option here and there, and lots of RPOs.
The addition of King is certainly an exciting one, and once again, for the second offseason in a row, there is new optimism on the offense in Coral Gables.
The question is this time will the excitement last longer into the season, and will it produce?
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