Hurst Learns More About Notre Dame

James Hurst is trying to get a feel for all the schools that have offered him, and the four-star offensive lineman from Plainfield (IN) High was back at Notre Dame this past Saturday for the Irish's first junior day.

The objective of James Hurst's third trip to Notre Dame since the summer, was to meet the Irish's new offensive line coach Frank Verducci.

"He's a nice guy," the 6-foot-5, 275-pound Hurst stated. Besides camping at Notre Dame, he attended the Purdue game this past fall. "He's still trying to get settled in and everything. He still hasn't gotten around to all the recruiting business, but it was nice to meet him and put a face with the name.

"I was just trying to figure out where he was coming from, all his experience he has, which is an incredible amount, things like that."

Hurst is sporting roughly 10 scholarship offers from places like Stanford, North Carolina, Michigan State, Purdue, Duke and Mississippi State, where his older brother Nelson plays tight end. He claims no favorites at the moment, and is looking to be verbally committed by the end of summer.

Besides meeting Verducci, Hurst learned quite a bit more about Notre Dame this past weekend.

"I learned what all their classes were, things like that," Hurst said. "They had a player panel, so we were asking them questions. It was good to get a player's perspective on the university.

"All the players were saying, even if football doesn't workout for them, they have a meaningful degree and can do lots of things with it."

Hurst came with two of his friends, and as soon as he arrived, his recruiting coach Bernie Parmalee was ushering him back to head coach Charlie Weis' office.

"He was saying I'm real important to them not only as a player, but as lack of a better word, recruiting tool in the state of Indiana," Hurst said.

"He said we can't let the best players in the state leave."

As of right now, Hurst doesn't have any other junior days or visits planned to any other schools. Top Stories