Auburn Reportedly Made “A Late Push” For Jalen Hurts
SANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide warms up prior to the CFP National Championship against the Clemson Tigers presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Jalen Hurts is headed to Oklahoma. The Alabama graduate transfer quarterback announced a short time ago that he will head to Norman for his final year of eligibility.Hurts chose the Sooners over Miami and Maryland. He’ll now try to follow in the footsteps of Oklahoma’s back-to-back Heisman winners, Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray.According to AL.com’s Matt Zenitz, another team did try to get involved with Hurts at the last minute. It doesn’t seem like he reciprocated their interest, but if he had, it would have been noteworthy.Per Zenitz, Auburn attempted “a late push” to get Hurts.Auburn tried to make a late push for Jalen Hurts, per sources. Gus Malzahn was in contact as recently as this week. https://t.co/U4xB5cxu4x— Matt Zenitz (@mzenitz) January 16, 2019Auburn needs a quarterback, so we can’t blame them for trying to land Hurts. However, it doesn’t seem like he would want to subject himself to the other side of the Alabama-Auburn rivalry after playing his first three years with the Crimson Tide.Ironically, Oklahoma quarterback Austin Kendall, who is seeking a transfer, visited Auburn earlier this week. There’s a chance the Tigers could wind up adding him as a consolation prize.Hurts completed 62.9 percent of his passes for 5,626 yards, 48 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in three seasons at Alabama. He added 1,976 rushing yards and 23 scores.