Alabama lands QB for its 2016 class

Alabama has found a quarterback for its 2016 recruiting class, as Jalen Hurts has given a verbal pledge to play for the Crimson Tide. The Texas signal-caller made his announcement via Twitter while preparing to compete in the Elite 11 semifinals in Los Angeles this weekend. Hurts, who attends Channelview High School (Channelview, TX), chose the Tide over programs such as Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Mississippi State and West Virginia. Rivals.com lists the 6-2, 208-pound dual-threat as a four-star prospect. Hurts threw for 2,545 yards and 21 touchdowns as a junior, and he added 951 yards and 19 scores on the ground. With the addition of Hurts, it may mean that Georgia product Jawon Pass will now look elsewhere. Pass, who is another highly sought dual-threat quarterback, is supposed to announce his commitment on July 13. Many recruiting experts believe that Alabama and Auburn were the best-positioned to land Pass, but the Tide now has a commitment from Hurts, while Orlando product Woody Barrett recently pledged to Auburn. The best dual-threat quarterbacks in the 2016 class have already committed, with Pass and Florida product Xavier Grimes being the exceptions. Of course, no pledge is binding until a player sends in his Letter of Intent next winter. Dave Miller, the college football editor for the National Football Post, is on Twitter @Miller_Dave.

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