Hurst Earns Offer

LSU's first summer camp was a little light on offensive linemen but one that was impressive and that left Baton Rouge with an offer from the Tigers was Alex Hurst.

Alex Hurst, a 6-6, 320-pound tackle out of Arlington, Tenn., has SEC written all over him.


Hurst has picked up five offers so far from LSU, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt and Middle Tennessee State. He said he expects an offer from Tennessee soon, and possibly one from Notre Dame after this Saturday's visit to South Bend.


"My top three teams are LSU, Tennessee and Notre Dame," said Hurst. "They all have great fan support, great academic support and they all have a lot of tradition."


Hurst visited Tennessee last weekend, LSU the week before, and is on his way to Notre Dame this weekend.


The contact he had with the LSU staff was his first and what a first impression the headman made.


"I met with coach Miles and he was a very nice guy," said Hurst. "He had great things to say about me. He told me about all the things that LSU had to offer. I was really impressed. Truthfully, coach Miles and the staff down there are the reason LSU is in my top teams."


As far as his performance at the camp, Hurst said he fells like he did well.


"I feel like I did good and that I was one of the top players there," said Hurst. "I think my quickness, balance, quick feet and basic fundamentals allowed me to excel. After the camp they showed me the Cox Communications Academic Center and showed me the stadium, which was truly impressive.


"I got to see the football housing units, which the apartments were some of the nicest things I've seen on a college campus. I got to see what a normal class would be like for my freshman year. I saw the weight room and the football operations building."


If Tennessee were to offer, Hurst said it would be a "dream come true." But dreams aren't enough to make Tennessee his top choice. Although Hurst is a Volunteer state native, Knoxville is about the same distance, time-wise, as LSU.


"It's about the same distance," he said. "The good thing about driving to Baton Rouge is that you don't have to go through all those mountains. So location isn't going to be a factor between those two schools."


Note** Hurst has the grade point average and test score needed to play as a true freshman with a 3.0 and a 19.


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