Jalen Hurts didn’t expect the contact period to begin with such a bang.
Arizona State, Michigan State and Purdue made their way to Channelview, Texas, on Thursday to check on the four-star junior quarterback. Notre Dame defensive backs coach and area recruiter Kerry Cooks also reached out via social media.
Needless to say, Hurts is taking each program at face value as he looks to add scholarship offers and build relationships.
“I’m building relationships with all the schools that are interested in me,” Hurts said. “That’s just part of the process, trying to get a feel for the coaches and their system and just build that relationships. You’ve gotta talk to a lot of coaches in this recruiting thing. You’ve gotta find the right ones that you’re the most comfortable with. It takes time.”
Cooks reached out to the 6-foot-2, 180-pound prospect while recruiting a different area of the country.
“I was texting him on Twitter,” Hurts said. “He was just telling me they’re finishing up the 2015 class but he wanted to let me know I was No. 1 on his board. They’re hoping to get into things. He’s gonna come visit me, I would assume after Feb. 4 when they finish.”
Hurts hadn’t heard from Notre Dame before, but he’s familiar with the program.
But like a lot of other programs expressing interest, Hurts plans to stay cautiously optimistic about adding a scholarship offer. Houston, Mississippi State and UTEP have already offered.
“They have tons of tradition,” Hurts said of the Irish. “They’ve had those athletic quarterbacks like myself that can run and throw the ball well. It’s just an interesting school. We’ll have to wait and see what happens with them.”
Some other programs expressing interest include Arkansas, Baylor, Louisville, Penn State, Texas, Texas A&M and Texas Tech.
Right now Hurts doesn’t have any junior day visits on the schedule. He plans to take the process slow and not get caught up in the idea of making an early commitment, although he’d like to have it done before next season.
“You see many quarterbacks commit early,” Hurts said. “I don’t plan on doing that. I don’t have as many offers as those other top quarterbacks have right now. But the way things are going I think that’s gonna change very soon. I’ll probably end up making my decision, I would say before the fall next year for sure. That’s the plan.”
Hurts has a rough sketch of the things he wants in a college destination.
“I just look for a great environment where I could possibly play,” he said. “I don’t have a problem with redshirting at the moment. I don’t have a problem with that. I just want to go and compete.”