Memphis Has Another Linebacker With UI Offer

The Fighting Illini football team has two Memphis players on its roster, and it is looking to add more. Coach Vic Koenning has connections in that community, and he is working to continue the pipeline with several prospects including linebacker Daniel Hurd.

Daniel Hurd lists five schools that have offered him scholarships.

"Illinois, Southern Miss, Arkansas State, Memphis and North Carolina."

The Memphis Wooddale High School athlete was asked if he has made visits to schools of interest to him.

"No sir, other than Memphis. There's a transportation issue."

That is a frequently mentioned problem for talented prospects around the country. Gasoline costs and transportation availability limit the camps and schools they can attend. It prevents them from getting the recognition they deserve.

Hurd is a quality two-way player who is flying under the radar due to limited exposure. He was asked whether he prefers offense or defense.

"I really haven't made up my mind. I'm really more of an offensive player, but I do have a strong name for defense."

His junior effort was exceptional on both sides of the ball.

"As a receiver, I had over 800 yards and 8 touchdowns. I play defensive end and safety. I really play everywhere on defense."

The Illini are recruiting him as an outside linebacker. He talks about his aptitude for defense.

"I have good recognition and good awareness. I'm a good tackler, but you can never be perfect. And I need to move my hips a little bit more."

Illinois defensive coordinator and linebacker coach Vic Koenning is Hurd's primary recruiter. Their relationship has helped the Memphis star learn more about the Illini.

"I've talked to him a couple of times. He's sent me a lot of stuff about their program, things like the campus and what it would be like if I went there."

The UI has traits important to him.

"I'm looking for a school to be close to home, have good academics and have a good team. I'm planning to officially visit Illinois."

Wooddale had a fine season last year, but Hurd is tired of the status quo and wants more.

"We went 8-4. We lost in the second round of the playoffs. We have a lot of guys returning this year. We should have a winning season and make the playoffs, but I want to go farther in the playoffs. The past three years, we got kicked out in the second round."

Memphis linebackers Jonathan Brown and Henry Dickenson are on scholarship at Illinois. Has Hurd played against them?

"I never played against him, but I've heard of that Dickinson guy."

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