May 6, 2008

Hurd hoping to make impression this spring

As the Texas coaching staff surveys the Lone Star State looking for the top talent in the Class of 2010 to target now that they've cemented the majority of their 2009 commitments, they are definitely going to want to check out Fort Bend (Texas) Marshall cornerback Tony Hurd.

The 5-9 , 180-pound has been opening eyes this spring and there are some that believe he has a chance to be among the top defensive backs in the state.

"The off-season has been great," Hurd said. "I'm just working hard very day at school. Every day we've got spring practice and then I go lift and run after that. I'm really working hard on trying to be a leader"

In addition to working hard to improve in the off-season, Hurd has also been active in combined in an effort to get the word out about his game.

"I went to the Nike camp this weekend. It went pretty decent," Hurd said. I weighed in at 179 or 180 pounds. My height was 5-9 . The used lasers to time the 40 and I ran a 4.79. They said to take .2 off and it would have been in the 4.5's if it had been handheld. With the shuttle, I had a 4.32, which was the fastest time in my group."

With his high school team right in the middle of spring workouts, Hurd added that he might end up seeing action on both sides of the ball in the fall.

"I've been playing safety and corner, but I might also be playing some slot this season," Hurd said. "I'm trying to become as versatile as I can, but I love defense. That's where my heart is"

As far as recruiting is concerned, Hurd said that things are just starting to heat up.

"As far as interest goes, I'm not really sure," Hurd said "A&M came up to the school and they have been eyeing me a little bit. I think Cal has also been by and is showing some interest, but nobody has come out and called me."

Should the Longhorns pick up their recruitment of Hurd in the coming weeks and months, they'll find a receptive response.

"Right now I'm really loving Texas and LSU," Hurd admitted. "Mainly, I'm ranked No.4 in my class and both colleges have schools that would allow me to focus on my major, which is engineering. I want to attend a school that has a strong engineering program and both of those schools have that. I'm going to the LSU and Texas camps, and I'm trying to get invited to a California camp. Whatever school shows me interest, I'm going to have an interest in, but I'll go through my mother when I make the decision. My final decision is going to be based on three things - education, the ability to play in that program and my mother.

When asked if his mother had an early preference, Hurd laughed and said, "If I love it, she's going to love it."

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