RECRUITING: Hurt Remains Solid For Gators

Maurice Hurt is already looking forward to a great career playing football at the University of Florida, but when he arrives in Gainesville in the summer of 2006, the 6-3, 344-pound offensive lineman from Milledgeville, Georgia will be bringing some lasting memories of his final season at Baldwin County High School. Hurt was team that accomplished something no other Baldwin team in history ever had.

(Maurice Hurt profile)

Playing both offense and defense for Baldwin, Hurt had a superb senior year, helping to lead his team deeper in the state playoffs than any Baldwin team ever.

"We lost in the semifinal game to Northside High School, but the fact that we got to play in the Georgia Dome something no other team has ever done was a great feeling," says Hurt.

During Baldwin's great run in the playoffs, one game stands out significantly.

"The first game of the playoffs against Ware County was the highlight of my season," said Hurt. "They beat us last year and this year they came to our home and we beat them to advance in the playoffs."

Ever since he committed to Florida, recruiting calls from other schools have slowed to a crawl. That's not the case at all with the coaches from the University of Florida and that's why he is a very solid commitment for the Gators.

"Coach John Hevesy and Coach (Urban) Meyer stay in touch constantly, checking to see how school is going and how I'm doing," Hurt says.

Hurt followed Florida's 8-3 regular season closely. He likes very much what Coach Urban Meyer is trying to accomplish in Gainesville. He believes year two will be a breakout season for the Gators under Meyer.

"I think he will do a lot better his second season in the SEC with the players having a better understanding of the system," says Hurt, adding that at Florida he feels "at home with the players and coaches … they have showed me so much love."

The atmosphere Meyer has created at Florida is quite similar to what he's already used to. Coach Jesse Hicks is a real believer in relationship building at Baldwin.

"I can walk into my high school coach office anytime I need to talk to him, and I feel the same way with Urban Meyer," said Hurt.

Hurt keeps to himself, and has not been talking to other recruits from the 2006 class about attending The University of Florida. Hurt has already turned his attention to the 2007 recruiting class and a running back that he has opened many holes to run through.

Hurt says, "I have been talking to Darius Marshall … he rushed for over 2,500 yards and will be recruited heavily next year."

Hurt will enroll early, but is very anxious to get his college career started at the University of Florida.

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