Texas Cornerback Has Iowa Offer

According to Iowa Recruiting Coordinator Eric Johnson, the Hawkeyes don't have a high number of scholarships to award this year on the gridiron. So each offer that is extended, especially at this time of year, is to a player they are very, very sold on. One player with an offer from Iowa is Texas cornerback Demontre Hurst; the Hawks were first in line...

Demontre Hurst, the 5-foot-10, 170-pound three-star cornerback from Lancaster, Texas, finished his junior season with 50 tackles and one fumble recovered.

"I think I play the field well," Hurst said. "I'm disciplined in my position. I'm a better cover corner than a man corner. That's not really what we do. I like to stay in my zone, but I want to work on my man corner skills."

Besides improving his man corner skills, Hurst says he's also working on his footwork and strength. He benches 225-pounds, squats 365 and has a 34-inch vertical jump.

"I'd like to get out of position for a bit and be able to help make plays all over the field," he said.

Hurst, ranked as the No. 30 cornerback in the country by Scout.com, says he has 15 scholarship offers and that he's still trying to narrow down his choices. "I'm still evaluating everyone," he said. "I'm trying to do a lot of research on these schools and learn as much as I can about all of them."

Hurst says he followed Oklahoma while growing up, but the Sooners aren't recruiting him. "I'm from Oklahoma," he said. Born in Oklahoma City, Hurst lived there for one year. "I still have a lot of family there and I've always liked them, but they aren't really recruiting me yet."

Wisconsin is recruiting Hurst the hardest. "They seem to have great coaches," he said. "I really like (defensive back) coach Kerry Cooks. I talk to him like every week and he emails me a lot too.

"He's a great guy and a cool coach," Hurst said. "He thinks that they can help make me very productive and sees me being very successful at Wisconsin. He said that I have a big future ahead of me."

The Badgers, unlike the Sooners, have already offered Hurst, who also has rides from Iowa, Wake Forest, Arizona, Michigan, TCU, SMU, Utah, Kansas, Kansas State, Nebraska and Baylor, among others.

"I want a program where I can have a good social life and a place where I would want to be even if I didn't play football," he said. "I'd like to be able to play for a program that is doing well or is at least on the rise.

"But I'm pretty adaptable," Hurst said. "So the coaches and stuff don't really matter. I think I could fit into any situation. The most important thing will be that they play as a team and that the team sticks together."

With offers from all over the country, Hurst denies that location or distance will be a factor at all. "My momma says 'go where you think is best' and she doesn't have a problem with distance and neither do I."

The only camp that Hurst has attended was at Arizona on June 11. He's not sure if he's going to go to any others. "It was a good camp," he said. "I really liked the coaches and all the players. They made us feel very welcome and they are all laid-back and cool guys.

"They talked to us like we were friends or homeys," Hurst said. "I watched Arizona a bit last year and I think they are getting better. They are improving every year and I really like how well Antoine Cason (1st round draft pick of San Diego Chargers) did. He won the Thorpe Award and that really got my attention."

The first school to offer Hurst was Iowa back in March. "As soon as I got that offer I started researching them," he said. "I was surprised to learn how much history and tradition they have. They are a big-time program."

Another big-time program that may make Hurst's final cut is Michigan. "I haven't really talked with the new coaches yet," he admitted. "I've really only heard from their defensive back coach and I'm just hoping to learn more about them and get to know them better."

Nebraska is another school that Hurst wants to learn more about. "I haven't talked with coach Bo Pelini, but the other coaches seem cool," Hurst said. "They really want me to come out and visit them and meet everyone.

"Nebraska has a lot of tradition and I believe they are building something there," he said. "They are uploading the program and things are going to get better."

In addition to football, Hurst is also interested in running track in college. "I'd like to try both sports if I can," he said. "The coaches say that they don't mind if I run track as long as I can stay up on my grades and stuff."

Hurst runs the 100m (10.8), 200m (21.6) and 400m (48.0).

"I want to wait until after the season to make a decision," he said. "I just want to make sure of everything. I want to be patient and take things slow."

Hurst says he wants to major in sports management or marketing and reports a 3.0 core GPA and a 1290 SAT.

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