Hurst, a 5-foot-10, 170-pound cornerback from Lancaster (Texas), started hearing from UNC, more specifically assistant John Blake, right around the start of his senior football season.
"They actually came a little bit unexpected," Hurst said. "… I started talking to Coach Blake. He said he really liked me and he wanted me to come up there and play for him."
During his first couple of conversations with Blake, Hurst was informed that a UNC scholarship offer was on the way. Shortly thereafter, the official paperwork arrived in the mail.
"He needed a lockdown corner and he said it fits my description," Hurst said. "He likes the way I play, he likes my style."
For Lancaster, Hurst has started at defensive back since his sophomore season flipping between cornerback and safety depending on the opponent and the situation.
As a junior, Hurst accumulated 53 tackles and 20 pass break-ups, forced a fumble, and blocked a kick. Thus far this season, he has made 32 tackles, intercepted two passes returning one for a score, blocked a kick and returned it for a touchdown, and returned two kickoffs for touchdowns.
Hurst has collected a total of 16 scholarship offers including offers from Arizona, Colorado, Colorado State, Iowa, Iowa State, Kansas State, TCU, Wake Forest, and Wisconsin.
Recently, Hurst narrowed his list of options to a "good six or seven" with UNC making the cut.
"I've been watching UNC and Coach [Blake] has been recruiting me," Hurst said. "[Blake] said I have a good chance of coming up there and playing. I like their style of play."
Arizona, Kansas State, Tennessee, TCU, Wake Forest, and Wisconsin join UNC on Hurst's final seven listing.
"I'm trying to narrow it down just a tad bit more, because I only have five [official] visits," Hurst said. "That's going to be my for sure five schools that I'm really going to be focused on."
Hurst plans to have his list narrowed down to the five schools he will officially visit by early to mid November.
Hurst has already scheduled an official visit to Arizona for this weekend and has an official trip to Wake Forest all but scheduled for November 8. Additionally, he says UNC "is going to be in [the list of schools to receive an official] for sure."
After taking all five of his official visits, Hurst will be looking to make a verbal commitment.
"I'm mostly looking at the social life of the school," Hurst said. "I'm looking for a family base with the team and coaches. I want it to be a place where I can live for four years."
Location, Hurst says, won't be a factor in his decision.