When Auburn’s defense needs a quarterback to take the pressure off

With just one year left on his Auburn career, Jalen Hurts was one of the most talked about prospects in the 2016 recruiting class.

He’s now one of Auburn’s hottest players on the recruiting trail, with 247 Sports ranking him as the No. 2 overall prospect for the 2017 class and No. 4 overall prospect in the SEC.

The hype surrounding Hurts’ arrival is well-documented.

After the 2017 season, 247 Sports ranked him the No .6-rated defensive back in the country and No .16-rated inside linebacker in the entire country.

He also finished as the second-best prospect in a 2016 247Sports Composite Rankings class and the No 1 defensive back prospect in Auburn’s 2017 class.

On Tuesday, Auburn signed Hurts to a contract extension, according to The Associated Press.

Hurts will earn $2.3 million per year from Auburn, which includes $1.3 in signing bonuses, $2,000 in scholarship money and an additional $1,000 per year in signing bonus money if he meets certain academic goals.

Hurts is set to enter the final year of his contract.

He will be eligible for a fifth-year option for the 2018 season.

Hurps’ agent, Jason Cappella, said in a statement, “We are extremely excited about Jalen and look forward to welcoming him to Auburn.

He is a versatile player who has great size, length and athleticism.

He has the talent to become a star at the next level.”

Hurts was the first Auburn defensive back to make a visit to Florida, according the Associated Press, but his decision to attend Florida was a matter of scheduling.

Hurst was a first-team All-SEC selection for the Crimson Tide last season after starting all 13 games.

His 11.5 tackles for loss, six interceptions and nine pass breakups earned him All-America honors and made him one of just four defensive backs to make the All-American team in the nation.

He was a consensus All-ACC pick and an honorable mention All-Big Ten pick.

Hurst was named a first team All-District team in his junior year.