TUSCALOOSA, AL – SEPTEMBER 29: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks to the sidelines for the play call against the Louisiana Ragin Cajuns at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 29, 2018 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)This upcoming weekend is a big one for Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts, who’s set to take the next step in his football career.Hurts is graduating from the University of Alabama.BamaOnLine.com has the details:Alabama has scored 84 touchdowns in 13 games, giving fans plenty to cheer about this season. But some of the loudest applause at Bryant-Denny Stadium has occurred when a certain player has simply entered the game, whether as a slot receiver or as a backup quarterback.That applause should carry over to Coleman Coliseum this weekend as Jalen Hurts is set to graduate from Alabama after three years on campus — especially after what the junior did in the second half of the SEC Championship Game two weeks ago, leading the top-ranked Crimson Tide to a come-from-behind victory over the then-No. 4 Georgia Bulldogs to remain undefeated.***This weekend, Hurts will walk across the stage a graduate of the University of Alabama, which is a big deal for the backup quarterback for several reasons. The one that will make headlines, though, will be his ability to now transfer anywhere that he likes as a graduate transfer.Hurts, if he decides to transfer out, will be able to play right away at another school in 2019.Two major programs could be potential options.“He will wind up on a team with a good roster,” Sports Illustrated’s Andy Staples said. “He’ll have a good supporting cast. Put Jalen Hurts in the right offense and he can put up some really good numbers. I say Oklahoma, because look, Austin Kendall was the backup and he’ll be the presumed favorite to win the starting job next year.But if the guy was the SEC freshman player of the year couple years ago was interested in coming, that would be an interesting spot because Lincoln Riley has been really good with quarterbacks. (And) if Justin Herbert leaves Oregon, I would imagine Mario Cristobal, who was involved in Jalen Hurts’ recruitment …. (sic).”There will likely be plenty of schools involved in Hurts’ transfer recruitment, if the Alabama quarterback decides to move on.For now, though, Hurts and the rest of Alabama’s team is focused on the College Football Playoff.Alabama and Oklahoma are set to kick off at 8 p.m. E.T. on Dec. 29.