Prospect:Jalen Hurd Hometown: Hendersonville, Tn. High School: Beech Position: Running Back Size: 6-3/210 Class: 2014 Ranking on Scout: N/A Recruiting: Added offers from Georgia and Notre Dame this week and he now has 13 scholarship offers. Alabama is his number one school at this time and the Crimson Tide are followed by Ohio State.
Live evaluation came from Beech-Station Camp game played Friday Aug. 31.
Hurd had 38 yards in the first half of this game, but finished with 223 yards and three touchdowns.
One thing that jumped out immediately was how fluid Hurd is. He is a graceful athlete with long strides and he really moves well. He may not look all that fast, but he really covers a lot of ground when he runs. For a bigger back, he runs fairly well behind his pads as well. He is a back that looks for contact and he can run through tackles. He has that defensive mentality as a running back and that is not a bad things. His hands are a strength as well. His effort stood out also. Whether he was the featured guy or not, he went 100-percent each play.
Areas he can Improve:
He has played numerous positions over the years, so once he settles in at running back, this could improve, but he could run with a little more patience. He can let things develop a little more, look for the backside opening, and see if any daylight opens up before sticking up inside for a one yard gain. He can continue to add weight and strength too. He is a very lean 210 pounds. His initial burst when he gets the ball is not bad, but it can be better. Like I said earlier in this report, he is a long strider, so cutting his strides down could help with his balance and his ability to make the quick cut.
Hurd is a very interesting and intriguing prospect because of his combination of size and athleticism. There seem to be more bigger running backs coming up each year with T.J. Yeldon in 2012, Derrick Henry in 2013, and now Hurd. Will he stay at running back or will he move to another position on the next level? He has the skill-set to play the running back position. He is a very tough young man he plays more with a defensive attitude when on the field. He could be a big receiver, an athletic tight end, or an outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme. He is a very gifted athlete with a lot of upside.
As of now, Hurd looks to be the top 2014 prospect in the state of Tennessee. He is one that could challenge for an early Scout100 spot as well. He has so much ability on the football field, he is versatile, and he will be heavily recruited.
Chad Simmons is currently a National Recruiting Analyst for FOX Sports/Scout. He started with Scout in 2003 and then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become South Recruiting Manager.