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College football notebook: Bama’s Hurts visiting Maryland, Miami

Jan 12, 2019 | ,

Jalen Hurts officially began his search Friday for his next college football home.

Hurts, the Alabama quarterback who announced Wednesday that he has entered the NCAA transfer portal, on Friday made Maryland his first stop, and also has scheduled a weekend trip to Miami, according to an ESPN source.

The junior graduate transfer, who will be eligible to play next season, planned to attend the Maryland basketball game against Indiana on Friday night. The Terrapins head football coach is Mike Locksley, who was Alabama's offensive coordinator in 2018.

Oklahoma reportedly also has shown interest in Hurts after Sooners quarterback Austin Kendall entered the transfer portal on Friday.

--Clemson's national championship football team will continue its victory tour on Monday, when it visits President Donald Trump in the White House.

Trump made the announcement via Twitter on Friday.

"I look forward to hosting, right out of the great State of South Carolina, the 2019 NCAA Football Champion Clemson Tigers at the White House on Monday, January 14th. What a game, what a coach, what a team!" Trump wrote.

--Former Stanford running back Bryce Love revealed that after announcing he would skip the team's bowl game against Pittsburgh to focus on the 2019 NFL Draft, he actually underwent surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

Love suffered the injury in the regular-season finale against rival Cal on Dec. 1 and had the surgery performed on Dec. 18 by Dr. James Andrews.

In a statement to Yahoo Sports, Love said he is "on the path to recovery" and vowed to come back stronger than ever.

--Four Alabama players declared for the 2019 NFL Draft, including defensive lineman Quinnen Williams, the Outland Trophy winner who could be selected within the top five overall picks.

Joining him were offensive lineman Jonah Williams, tight end Irv Smith Jr. and running back Josh Jacobs.

Quinnen Williams ended his season with 71 tackles, 19 1/2 tackles for loss and 8.0 sacks in 15 games. Jonah Williams played 44 games in three seasons at Alabama, and was a consensus All-American in 2018. Smith had a breakout junior year in 2018 with 44 receptions for 710 yards (16.1 average) and seven touchdowns.

--The Miami Hurricanes have hired Dan Enos as their offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, head coach Manny Diaz announced.

Enos spent last season as the associate head coach and quarterbacks coach for the Alabama Crimson Tide, which reached the national championship game.

"Dan was my primary target for our offensive coordinator position from the outset and I'm thrilled that he's now a Miami Hurricane," Diaz said. "Dan is one of the most innovative play-callers in college football and he not only has a remarkable track record of coaching quarterbacks, but also developing players for the NFL at numerous positions. His experience as a head coach will also provide invaluable insight to our entire program."

--Field Level Media

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