The Jalen Hurts-to-Maryland speculation train is picking up steam.
On Friday, InsideMDSports.com reported that the Alabama quarterback is visiting Maryland this weekend. Hurts is expected to make a quick decision regarding his future, allowing him to enroll at a new institution soon and participate in spring practice.
Hurts’ interest in Maryland likely stems from Mike Locksley’s move from Alabama to become the head coach of the Terrapins. Hurts and Locksley both arrived in Tuscaloosa in 2016 and have had a player-coach relationship for the past three seasons.
After going 28-2 as the starting quarterback at Alabama in 2016 and 2017, Hurts was replaced by Tua Tagovailoa as the team’s top quarterback. Tagovailoa came in during the second half of last year’s national championship, engineering a come-from-behind victory to beat Georgia to claim the title.
Since that time, Hurts hasn’t started a game.
Hurts did play in 13 games for the Crimson Tide this season, completing 51-of-70 passes for 765 yards and eight touchdowns. He added 167 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.
Maryland has had some serious instability under center of the last few seasons, primarily due to injury. In 2017, the Terrapins depended heavily on third-string quarterback Max Bortenschlager after season-ending injuries to Kasim Hill and Tyrrell Pigrome. Late in 2018, Hill suffered another season-ending ACL injury, forcing Pigrome to start in the final two games against Ohio State and Penn State.
Hurts would bring much-needed talent and experience to Locksley’s first offensive unit at Maryland.