Who tops Hurd's list?

Jalen Hurd has picked up 12 scholarship offers already and he will continue to add more as we progress through the fall. A handful of schools have already separated themselves from the pack and you can get the latest here.

Notre Dame offered Jalen Hurd a scholarship on Tuesday and that gives the 6-foot-3, 210 pound running back an even dozen offers.

He started getting attention back in the spring and he has take a number of visits, he has talked to a lot of coaches, and he has an early top five.

"Alabama, Ohio State, Vanderbilt, Ole Miss, and Michigan are my top five schools in order right now. All of them have offered," said Hurd.

He recently watched the Commodores plays and he likes what he sees in them right now.

"Vanderbilt is close to home and I have grown up around Nashville, so I feel comfortable there. They stood right there with South Carolina (Top 10 team) last week and I think they are on their way up. I like how they are doing things."

The reigning National Champions sit on top of his list right now and he doesn't think he has to explain too much why that is.

"Alabama kind of speaks for itself. You always want to go to a school with a great reputation and Alabama has that. Nick Saban and his staff are great coaches, they win, and they have been separating themselves from others recently."

A program with a lot of history is at number two for this athlete out of Hendersonville (Tn.) Beech and he thinks the change at the top with bring more wins.

"Coach Urban Meyer is another great coach. He was successful at Florida and I think he will be very successful at Ohio State. He has a lot of energy, he knows how to coach, and they are high on my list."

It is early for this junior and he is going to keep picking up offers and he will be on the road a lot this fall.

He is planning to take the recruiting process slow.

"I am just going to take in everything, enjoy the process, see what everyone has to say, and just take my time with everything," he said.

While he may be taking the recruiting process slow, he is off to a very fast start on the field this season.

After three games, he has run for over 900 yards and scored 10 touchdowns. Although he is a bigger athlete, he feels he can play running back on the next level.

"The game is changing and the players are getting bigger. I feel running backs are getting bigger and taller too. T.J. Yeldon is a tall back and he is doing well at Alabama and I think we will see more like that.

"I think I have great vision and I think that is very important as a running back. For a guy with my size, I have good speed and I can be elusive too. I think I can play running back on the next level and that is all I am thinking about right now."

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.
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