After facing up against some of the nation's top competition in San Antonio at the Army All American combine this past January, Tony Hurd feels as if he is one of the nation's best at the cornerback position.
If early interest from college coaches is any indication, then the Marshall City-native's projection might be spot on.
"Everything is really heating up these past couple of weeks," Hurd said. "I feel like with each couple of days that come and go I am hearing from more schools. A lot of coaches just got my junior video and they are saying that they like what they see."
What are the most recent schools to come calling?
"Florida has been talking to me a good bit lately, so I feel like an offer could be coming soon from them," Hurd said. "Texas A&M, Tennessee, Auburn, Oklahoma State, California and Oregon are all some of the schools that have offered. Over the past couple of weeks I have been getting a lot of offers actually, and I think now I am up to 11."
Where do the Bayou Bengals stand in the mix for Hurd's services?
"LSU is right up there just like they always have been," he said. "I went down to LSU for a couple of camps last summer and just felt at home. The coaches down there showed me a lot of love and welcomed me with open arms.
"LSU offers me a lot on the field and off the field, and that is one thing I am really looking for," added Hurd, who holds a 3.57 GPA and plans to graduate in December. "Football will not always be there for me, so a solid education is very important."
After giving the Tigers such high praise throughout his recruitment, where does the LSU staff stand on the cornerback prospect?
"They are still showing me love, so things are going great on that front," Hurd said. "I am talking with [defensive backs] coach [Ron] Cooper and [running backs] coach [Larry] Porter every week now. They told me they like what they have seen and where I am going, and they want me to get down on a visit soon and we would talk more about an offer then."
Hurd, who has made multiple trips to Baton Rouge on a whim over the past year, said that getting to campus will be no problem.
"I don't think I will be coming this weekend for junior day since I will be coming by there on the way to a combine in April, but I will get with them again soon," he said. "Some of my fellow recruits, Trovon [Reed] and Lache [Seastrunk], are talking about getting over there because that is where we met last summer and we still all have interest in the program."
What does the 2009 summer hold for the Marshall standout?
"I am already scheduled for a bunch of camps," Hurd said. "From USC's Rising Stars camp to LSU, I will just be out there showing all the coaches what I have got. I have been really working hard to get down my explosiveness; because that is one thing I needed to improve on.
"Every college coach is telling me that this is turning into a man to man game and the reason they like me is because I am physical and can man anyone up," added Hurd. "I am just going to stay humble and keep working hard and hope that the offers keep coming in."
After a season shortened by Hurricane Ike, Hurd recorded 52 solo tackles, 35 assisted tackles, five interceptions, 16 pass break ups and a fumble recovery.