Hurd Is A Popular Man

Notre Dame has talent at cornerback on its current roster, but the Irish need to grab a couple good ones every year. Tony Hurd of Marshall High School (Missouri City, Texas) is one of the cornerback prospects that is high on Notre Dame's list.

Tony Hurd (5-foot-9, 185-pounds) is starting to get the attention of some of the top programs in the country and the offer list is beginning to grow.

"With recruiting I'm basically taking it one day at a time," Hurd responded when asked about his recruitment. "It seems like I'm getting offers every day. I haven't narrowed things down. I'm going to evaluate each school this summer and put it in Gods hands.

"I got an offer (Wednesday) from Ole Miss and Missouri. Notre Dame offered last week. I have more than 20 offers right now. I'm hyped about it, but it's just a blessing to have all these coaches that would like to have me at their school."

Hurd has been in contact with the Notre Dame staff for some time, but he's just starting to learn about the Irish program.

"I've been emailing coach Ianello since about four or five months ago," he said. "We just kept in touch with each other and then once spring ball started he came down and said he was overwhelmed. I gave him my film and took it back with him. Then a couple of days later the defensive coordinator came down to see me practice and I got my offer after that. I'm supposed to talk to coach Weis sometime soon. I think once all their coaches get back from around the country that will happen.

"Notre Dame is high profile academically, which is always a positive, but other than that I really don't know much about them. I'm going to learn more about them as the summer progresses. I'd love to take a trip up there, but it just depends how things go this summer. If it were in my hands, I'd get down there.

"My interest in Notre Dame is very high," he explained, "But I wouldn't put them on a pedestal, no one is on a pedestal. Everyone is equal. I'm the type of person that likes to see things for themselves. I like to go through the experiences myself. After I get a chance to interact with the coaches I'll know more about what I like about each school and what I dislike."

With additional scholarship offers from the likes of Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma State, Nebraska, Colorado Texas A&M, Oregon, and Oregon State, Hurd will have plenty of options to choose from.

"My plans right now are to narrow my list down before my season to about 10 schools," Hurd said. "If I don't make my decision by the beginning of my season, then I think other schools will not only come watch me play, but they'll come watch my team play, and I think that will help my teammates out.

"I'll make my decision after my season. I'm going to take the entire process and just soak it up. I want to have a good time with it, because you only get recruited like this once in your life." Top Stories