Weis Gives Hurst A Few Pointers

Notre Dame's one-day football camp definitely isn't cheap, but in one moment, James Hurst definitely got his moneys worth.

While the offensive linemen were working out on Monday, Irish head coach Charlie Weis rolled up in his golf cart.

"I saw him pull up, and I didn't think he'd get out," James Hurst said. The 6-foot-5, 275-pound offensive tackle from Plainfield, Ind., is arguably the best player in the state in the class of 2010. "He came over and talked to me a little bit. He helped me with my stance, and gave me a few pointers.

"That was pretty cool."

Perhaps Weis will be giving Hurst many more pointers as his college football coach, but that's a long way down the road.

So far, Hurst has been offered a verbal scholarship by Mississippi State, where his older brother Nelson plays tight end. Besides the Irish, Indiana, Purdue and Iowa have been showing heavy interest. Hurst recently got some mail from UCLA, and is looking to send his film out to Georgia, Michigan and several other programs.

Hurst, who plays both tackle positions, was making his second-ever visit to Notre Dame. He camped in South Bend just before his freshman season, a year that saw him become a varsity starter.

"It was really good experience," Hurst said of his most recent ND stop. "I had a lot of fun with (offensive line) coach (John) Latina. I really like how he coaches. We didn't get to walk around the campus too much, but from what I saw it was awesome.

"I really like (Notre Dame) a lot. First of all, I like their campus and tradition. It's really hard to beat that anywhere you go. Second, I really like coach Latina and the intensity he brings when he coaches you through workouts."

Hurst made the trip with his father, who played offensive and defensive line for legendary coach Bear Bryant at Alabama in the 1970s. If invited, Hurst said he'd look into coming back up to Notre Dame this fall for a game on an unofficial visit.

It's way too early for Hurst to name any favorites, but he has put a lot of thought into what he wants in a school.

"I want to go somewhere I'm really comfortable at, and can live for the next four or five years or however long it takes. I definitely want a chance to see early playing time, not really starting, but an opportunity to get some reps in.

"I do know I'm going to graduate early. I already set that up. Wherever I do go, I'm going to go to play spring football, but I haven't really set a timetable on making a decision."

Does Mississippi State have a leg up with his brother being there?

"I don't really think so," Hurst answered. "The only thing it does, is it gets me to their campus more. But now, I'm going to other campuses and it's pretty much even. I'm just keeping an open mind and seeing where I want to go."

Sounds like Notre Dame is definitely in the mix.

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