QB Jalen Hurts announced his commitment on Friday (photo courtesy 247Sports)
Alabama now has a quarterback commitment for the class of 2016.
Jalen Hurts, a four-star recruit from Channelview, Texas., announced his commitment to the Crimson Tide on Friday. He is currently competing at the Elite 11 semifinals in Los Angeles. The commitment was posted on the Elite 11 Twitter account.
"At Alabama, I loved Coach (Nick) Saban's plans for his players," Hurts said in a statement released by Elite 11. "Not only do they have a great competitive football program, but academically they also do a great job.
"Their focus is to give you the tools to become a successful man in life, and that is my main goal. I absolutely love what Alabama has in store for their students and athletes. They have lots of history and everlasting tradition. I feel this was the best decision for me, as I am a boy trying to become a man. I am very comfortable with my decision and very blessed to be in this situation. I will be ready to compete at U of A when that time comes. But for now all I can say is Roll Tide."
Hurts is the second commitment Friday for Alabama, joining top junior college offensive tackle Charles Baldwin, and No. 11 for the class of 2016.
The 6-foot-2, 208-pound Hurts is the ninth-ranked dual-threat quarterback according to the 247Sports composite rankings. He's ranked No. 277 nationally among all recruits.
Mississippi State and Texas A&M were among other finalists. Hurts' father Averion is his head coach, and the family took a trip to Alabama this spring.
Hurts threw for 2,545 yards and 21 touchdowns and rushed for 951 yards and 19 touchdowns as a junior.