The timeline for four-star Channelview (Tex.) standout quarterback Jalen Hurts continues to be an accelerated one. Before Thanksgiving, he’s already turning the page from his prep career to one beginning in January in Tuscaloosa.
The Alabama commitment, set to enroll early, took his official visit to campus over the weekend.
“It was just a great experience overall, you get to get in tap with future players and hang out with them, get closer to the coaching staff, so it was an overall success,” he said. “When you’re with the coaches, you see how they operate, you see how they coach. I think that’s very important, seeing how they run things and how they do things. I know from being a coach’s son that all coaches are different and I don’t have a problem with any of them. They all do a great job and they’ll probably be playing in the SEC Championship, can’t complain with that.”
Visiting with his father and high school coach, Averion Hurts, the top-10 signal caller sat in on many meetings and sat down with several current Alabama players during his 48 hours on campus.
“I spent time with a lot of players, there were so many of them,” Hurts said. “They told me how it was going to be. They said it was not going to be easy, they told me you have to work for everything, they just told me what to expect. But all of them said one thing, ‘we need a quarterback.’
“They’re all big on competition.”
Looking to get into the mix soon after enrolling at Alabama, the dual-threat Texan says he’s progressed over the last few months. Not only with on-field production, but with his teammates as well.
“I’ve always been a very stoic person, I really haven’t showed a lot of emotion,” he said. “But when I’m with my team, those are my brothers, it’s like family. I matured into the person where I did a better job. I’ve always been encouraging, but I’ve done a better job my senior year as far as congratulating them and keeping them up a lot and telling them ‘good job’ sometimes even when they weren’t. Just keeping them up.
“I became an overall better man. It takes a special man to lead a team and I feel like I’m better in that department.”
“It makes me realize that this high school stuff is over,” he said. “It’s time to grow up, and I am. By the day I’m realizing that it’s time to get to the next level and give it my all.
“I’m just going in to compete. The competition is open, obviously, and hopefully I can get it done. That’s always the goal.”
A question many in the college football world could relate to in looking at Alabama’s quarterbacks next year and beyond is leadership. Not only at the position, but from the coaching staff. Many don’t expect Lane Kiffin to lead that group with his name picking up traction among the many vacant FBS posts.
It likely won’t slow Hurts’ enrollment and/or comfort in Tuscaloosa.
“No player commits to a coach. A head coach, that’s different, he has more pull and a greater affect on a team,” he said. “But as far as that (rumours) with coach Kiffin, that’s a business decision on him. Simple as that.
“I don’t think it would have that big of an impact (on me).”