June 2, 2012

Hurst is 19 for Michigan

Michigan's nineteenth commitment is Westwood (Mass.) Xaverian Brothers defensive tackle Maurice Hurst Jr. The son of former New England Patriots cornerback Maurice Hurst Sr. made it clear weeks ago that a Michigan offer - and subsequent visit - could spell the end of his recruitment.

"It would kind of be like a dream come true if that school offered me," he said prior to receiving an offer from the Wolverines. "I know they obviously have pretty good academics and football, so it's a great mix of both. I really like that, and that's what I'm looking for in a school."

He even laid out a very simplistic timeline.

"If they were to offer, I'd probably have to start thinking about committing to that one within a week, a couple weeks, or even just a couple of days after I saw the school," he explained. "Just that is one of the things you have to consider with the bigger-time schools."

By the time the Michigan offer came through, he displayed his excitement to his head coach at Xaverian Brothers, Charlie Stevenson, by way of a a note he left.

"I knew he wrote 'go blue!' on my board in my office and left it for me," Stevenson laughed, "so I'm sure he's pretty excited about it."

Hurst, a 6-2, 290-pounder is ranked the No. 30 defensive tackle in the nation by Rivals.com, but has an offer list that belies this ranking. Boston College, Michigan State, Nebraska, and Ohio State were among the other schools that had thrown their hats in the ring for Hurst.

According to Coach Stevenson, it's easy to see the appeal in his star player. In addition to his 57 total tackles (11.5 for loss and five sacks) and 440 rushing yards as a junior, his physical tools will translate to the next level well.

"I know he's got a great first step, very explosive with his first step," Stevenson said. "He gets into his blocker very quickly, and he brings good power with that first step and first contact. I think that he would be a very good fit for the Michigan defensive line."

Michigan's recruiting class is expected to reach 24 total prospects, so Hurst's commitment means that only five spots remain - with eight months to go before National Signing Day 2013. The Wolverine coaching staff is expected to bring in at least one more defensive lineman, one more wide receiver, a cornerback, and a running back.

Stay tuned to TheWolverine.com for more on Hurst's commitment.

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