The Bears continued to build the future of their program Saturday afternoon, but not in the traditional way. As the "Bear signal" signs were hoping to be shown for a high school recruit, Baylor received welcome news on a high level transfer. Jalen Hurd, in a simple, yet artsy twitter post, claimed his next chapter will be at Baylor University.
The former Tennessee Volunteer will have two years to play one, and have to sit out the 2017 season. A running back at Tennessee, Hurd will more than likely take on an H-Back or tight end role with the Bears. At 6-foot-4, 240 pounds, Hurd has the size, athleticism and game-changing abilities that the new Baylor coaching staff wants in its "flex" player. This is the role that former basketball player Ish Wainright might have a say in for 2017.
Hurd visited Baylor two weeks ago, and also too visits to Louisville, California, and Ohio State. Over a three season career in Knoxville, Hurd rushed for over 2,600 yards and 20 touchdowns. He also caught 67 passes for 492 yards and 6 touchdowns. After a breakout sophomore season saw him break 1,200 yards and score 12 touchdowns, his junior campaign was marred by injury and unhappiness. After 7 games, Hurd announced he would transfer, a rare mid-season announcement.
At the time, it was a big setback for the Vols, a loss of a star player and a former 5-star recruit. He had just 451 yards rushing on the season with 3 touchdowns. Hurd was noticeably bothered by the Vols use of him as only a running back. Wide receiver or tight end were more of his desired positions.