What sealed the deal for Hurst? "Just on the trip, everything I saw I liked," he told GBW. "We went to the academic center and fell in love with it. It was probably one of the best ones I've seen. Then just sitting down and talking with Coach Hoke for a while was awesome. He's just a really great guy, and he cares about you as a person just as much as he does football."
While in Ann Arbor for an unofficial visit, Hurst was met by fellow Michigan commitments for the class of 2013 in Khalid Hill, David Dawson and Wyatt Shallman. Hurst was already familiar with Michigan's future signal caller and relentless recruiter Shane Morris, Morris but the time spent with the entire group proved very valuable in landing a commitment out of the Scout.com 4 star.
"I talked to a lot of their recruits before," said Hurst. "I was talking to Shane, actually I talked to Shane before I even got offered by Michigan, and I was talking to David. They came up to visit me, David and Khalid, and it was pretty great… and Wyatt."
"To get to sit down with them and talk with them for a little while and get to hear what they have to say and why they decided, and what other schools they were looking at, and getting to talk to them and actually getting to know who they are," explained Hurst. "They were just all really great kids, I mean; you don't really find that everywhere, that most of the kids on the team are just all around good kids."
As impressed as Hurst was with his future teammates in Ann Arbor, the chance to see the weight room and practice facility, as well as speak with Strength and Conditioning Coach Aaron Wellman played a major role in his decision.
"Actually the thing that really stuck out to me was the strength and conditioning coach," said Hurst. "He was great. They just got a nutritionist from the Patriots and that'll really help cut down the body fat that everyone takes in, and the strength coach is really great with all of the machines and techniques that he uses for his lifts—really help in preparing for injury and the wear and tear at the end of the season."
When Hurst was able to inform the coaches of his decision to become a Wolverine, the energy level grew tenfold.
"They had a great reaction," said Hurst. "It was just great. Coach Mattison was extremely happy, and all of the coaches seemed pretty happy. So it was just great. And I got to sit down with the commits and talk to them and tell them that I'm going to be with them. I mean those are the guys I'm going to be with most of the time, just the players."
With three defensive line coaches inside Schembechler Hall, discussions have been plentiful as to where Hurst might line up for the Wolverines in 2013. As it turns out, Hurst appears to be headed for one on one coaching with the headman himself.
"Most of the time they see me at the nose technique or the 3-tech, but I mean it really depends where the tight end is and what play call is called," said Hurst. "Most of the time I think they want me on the nose and working with Coach Hoke and developing a really good nose technique."
With a commitment out of the way, is this it for Hurst as far as recruiting is concerned, or might there still be a few more visits left in the young man?
"That's pretty much out, I mean, the coaches have made a commitment to me so I kind of have to make the same commitment to them," said Hurst. "I mean obviously there's schools that I really cared about, but, I mean, I'm committed now so I just want to be focused on that school and not make it like a big issue or big deal, and just kind of like let all this other recruiting stuff go by and just work on my lift and getting ready for the season with my teammates and getting ready to play college football."
Now that the Wolverines are up to 19 commitments in the class of 2013, Hurst has already put a Maize and Blue recruiting cap on hoping to bring a few more stars with him to Michigan.
"Well I mean we only have so many kids left so we've been talking to one kid already," said Hurst. "I'm pretty sure we're supposed to get another commit pretty soon—I can't remember the kid's name."
Just one more high school season remains between Hurst and the opportunity to wear the Winged Helmet and it appears the Massachusetts product is mulling over one decision while another remains an impossibility.
"I think I'll probably end up playing in an all star game," said Hurst. "I haven't really been to any combines or anything or camps or anything, but I got nominated for the Army Bowl and I got invited to the Semfer Fidelis. But I'm not sure if I'm going to do one of those. And as far as early eligibility our school doesn't allow us to graduate early so that's kind of out of the question for me."