RECRUITING: Maurice Hurt Takes Mom On A Visit

Even though the summer months are almost slow motion on the University of Florida campus, a time when only a fraction of the fall/spring students are attending classes, it hasn't been slow over at the football offices. Recruiting has been going full bore and last week, the Gators played host to one of the top offensive linemen in the southeast for an unofficial visit.

(Maurice Hurt profile)

Maurice Hurt of Milledgeville (GA) Baldwin County brought his family and one of his coaches to Gainesville to spend some quality time with offensive line Coach John Hevesy. Hurt knows the Florida campus well since he's visited before but the visit was a chance for his mom to get a feel for what Florida's campus and academics are all about.

"I went down with my mom and one of my coaches here," said Hurt, 6-2.5 and 344 pounds, a member of the Southeast Hot 100. "We went there so they could show us around. Coach Hevesy … I like him. I think he is a genuine person. I think he likes me as a player and a person and I can come in and do good things at Florida.

"I like the campus. I know my way around a little bit. I have been down there a couple of times. My mom hasn't seen this side of recruiting so they wanted us to come down and show us around. She liked it. She is just like me, though … she wants me to weigh my options of all the places I want to go."

Recently Hurt narrowed his list down to five schools but there's been a bit of movement in the top five as one SEC school has made enough of a move to edge out Alabama for that top five slot.

"My top five are Oklahoma, Auburn, Florida, LSU and I will probably say Mississippi State or Alabama … I'll say Mississippi State right now," he said. "They are my top five in no order."

While Hurt is quite familiar with the Florida campus, he hasn't seen much of some of the other schools on his list. He's starting to schedule his official visits now so he can get those out of the way in order to make the right decision.

"I have been to LSU and Florida," he said. "I went to the camp at Auburn. I haven't visited Mississippi State or Oklahoma, but I will probably take an official visit there. All my top five I will surely take official visits. I think that will probably be my final top five."

Maurice Hurt is the kind of offensive guard prospect that coaches who want to establish a running game crave. Although he hasn't made a commitment yet and it might be awhile before he does, Florida's coaching staff has to feel good that they've gotten an early leg up on the competition. It's also quite obvious that Coach Urban Meyer and his staff understand that more than half of all recruiting battles are won by the school that wins mom's heart.

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