Hurd set to visit Baton Rouge

The Tigers have kicked the 2010 recruiting season into gear, and one prospect that the coaches have traveling to Baton Rouge this month is Marshall High's Tony Hurd.

"I am coming down there for Junior Day on Jan. 31," said Marhsall High's Tony Hurd. "I have been hearing from LSU a lot, and they wanted me in town for that weekend. A bunch of guys will be in town that weekend, so I am looking forward to it."


With visits to Baton Rouge for camp last summer and a game day this past season, the Missouri City-native already feels comfortable on the bayou.


"Like I said before, Baton Rouge is like a second home to me," Hurd said. "The people and the staff and community just make you feel at home."


The Tiger camp will mark the second of the month for the junior standout, who recently returned home from the Army All American Bowl combine.


"I went out there to go against the best of the best, and I felt like I did really well," Hurd said. "Trevon [Reed] and I went out there and did what we had to do. He is such a great route runner and is strong, so it is fun to be out there with him because he is definitely one of the best receivers in the class."


While Hurd made the trip to San Antonio to work out against the top talent from across the country, it took a little extra effort to see all of the prospects that the camp had to offer up close.


"My group had gone and left and there were still plenty of big names receivers to go, so I just snuck back into the camp and got into one of the other groups so I could go up against everyone," he said. "[Georgia-native] Markeith Ambles was probably the best receiver I have seen, and I even held it down against him."


Though the 5-9, 187 pound Hurd projects at cornerback at the next level, he found a home this season at safety.


"They played me back at strong safety because we needed one, and I was the most versatile player we had in the secondary," he said. "I made first team All District with 87 tackles and 16 pass breakups. I am more than likely going back to corner next season. Then again, I have put on over 20 pounds, so I can play some safety despite my height."


Gearing up for his recruitment process and his final high school season on the gridiron, Hurd has been doing as much as he can off the field in preparation for the long haul.


"I have not been able to do as much work on technique lately, but more so in the weight room," he said. "I am maxing out at 300 on the bench, and I am trying to improve some other numbers as well. Lache [Seastrunk], Trevon and I try to stay on each other and work out as much as we can since we started training together in Houston.


"Trevon is the real finesse guy, and Lache has all the speed," added Hurd. "I am the guy who has got all the strength and killer technique. We all bring some great stuff to the table."


As for his travel plans, the next month holds a visit to not just Baton Rouge, but Austin as well.


"I will be down at Texas on Feb. 8 with a bunch of people," he said. "I have just been getting a lot of letters from all over the place. I feel like every D-I school has had to have sent me something. As for the personally written letters, it has been LSU, Florida, Alabama, Oklahoma and Texas Tech showing me the most love."


Hurd currently holds offers from California, Oregon and Texas A&M.


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