Tide Offers Big Hurt

Mammoth offensive lineman, <b>Maurice Hurt</b>, from Baldwin High School made the trek from Georgia to Tuscaloosa to attend Alabama's Junior Day. He didn't leave empty handed.

"I went to Alabama this past weekend. I really liked it down there. It's not too far away, and I like the coaching staff. The facilities were great. The coaches seemed really excited about me being there. It felt like home. They offered me a full scholarship. I was real excited about it, but there are still a lot of schools I want to visit," said Maurice Hurt.

The Alabama coaching staff made a lasting impression on the big Hurt.

"I enjoyed meeting with all the coaches. They told me I might get a chance to play early, if I came to Alabama. I feel like I would be able to do that. I met my recruiting coach, Coach Harbison. He is a nice guy. He seems very spiritual, and has very good faith. I met Coach Connelly, my position coach. He is real cool. He knows a lot about the game. I talked to Coach Shula a little bit. He was cool, and very nice," said Hurt.

The Tide is hoping for a slight advantage with the Georgia offensive lineman. Hurt's life long friend Nick Kyles is a teammate and a 2005 signee for the University of Alabama.

"Nick signing with Alabama will have a little bit of influence on me. That's my home boy. I have grown up with him all my life. We have always played football together. I know he will be on me a lot next year, about coming to Alabama."

The trip to Tuscaloosa exceeded Hurt's expectations of the Crimson Tide.

"I had heard a lot about Alabama from my coach, and from Nick, but I had never been. I really wanted to see it for myself. I liked it a lot," said Hurt.

Hurt now holds two offers. When asked about favorites, Hurt replied, "Alabama was the second school to offer me. Maryland was the first. I don't have any favorites right now."

Hurt plans to make other Junior Day stops at Florida, Tennessee, Florida State, and Georgia.

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