The Hurricanes are key contenders for not one, but two quarterback transfers from power house programs. Jalen Hurts, the Alabama transfer, visited on Sunday where he was courted around the city of Miami. His stops included Prime 112 and Club LIV with some other Hurricanes football players. They even received bottle service with a special “U” logo entrance. Safe to say the Hurricanes aren’t messing around when it comes to showing recruits what this city has to offer.
There is absolutely no question as to why Miami wants Hurts. He was the first true freshman to ever start under Nick Saban in 2016. That same year he went 13-1 as a starter, made first team All-SEC, and eventually became the SEC Offensive Player of the Year due to his 2,780 yards and 23 touchdowns through the air. He also ran for 954 yards with 13 scores while leading the Tide to the national championship game.
Today, he owns the Alabama record for most rushing touchdowns by a quarterback (23) and is second in rushing yards by a quarterback (1,980) and touchdowns responsible for (71). He has also played in three national championship games.
The leadership he provides alone makes him a viable option for Dan Enos and the Hurricanes offense. Not to mention the relationship and Enos and Hurts have, which is strong.
Tate Martell is the other quarterback visiting the Hurricanes. Martell, an Ohio State transfer, finished his redshirt freshman year completing 23-28 of his passes for 269 yards and a touchdown while rushing 22 times for 128 yards and two touchdowns in six games. He hasn't attempted a pass since the Buckeyes Sep. 22 victory over Tulane. Here are the highlights of his brief stint as the Ohio State quarterback:
He’s fast and shifty, a trait that could benefit him greatly as his career progresses. We watched Malik Rosier prosper as a runner at times and Martell is way more athletic than Rosier is. You’ll also notice that he has the arm to let it rip into tight spaces. The sample size is small and against less than ideal competition, but the talent is there. He was ranked as the 56th player and fourth ranked quarterback in the country out of high school behind college football stars Tua Tagovailoa and Jake Fromm by 247Sports.
Martell posted this picture on his Instagram story showing us he is on his way to Miami:
As much as Miami has benefited from the transfer portal, it will now be subject to the opposite end of the sword. Starting offensive lineman Hayden Mahoney will be transferring from the program. Cam Underwood has the story here:
The Jeff Thomas saga seems to be over as he has reportedly chosen to enroll at Illinois.
Miami was after him, as Dan Enos confirmed on the Joe Rose Show Monday morning. It’s a tough pill to swallow. Many felt like he would reunite with the Hurricanes. We wish him the best on his new journey.
Speaking sagas, Dewan Hernandez’s team is beginning the reinstatement process today. The committee the NCAA appointed to hear his case did not overturn their legislative appeal, therefore he is still ineligible to play. Hopefully, for the sake of both the Hurricanes and, more importantly, Hernandez, there is a sound decision coming soon. Until then its #FreeDewan