Hurd is Irish

Notre Dame added their 18th commitment Friday as cornerback Toney Hurd, Marshall High School (Missouri City, Texas) committed to the Irish.

Toney Hurd (5-foot-9, 185-pounds) visited Notre Dame for the Michigan State game in September and after that he knew he wanted to be a part of the Notre Dame football program. Today Hurd became the 18th commitment of the 2010 Notre Dame recruiting class

"I made it official today," Hurd said. "I committed to Notre Dame today when coach Brown was at my school. I couldn't talk to him face-to-face, but when I was ready, I gave my coach the signal and he told coach Brown. I knew he was coming down and he was talking to my coach and my coach told me what was on his mind.

"I pretty much had my mind made up on my visit, I just want to make sure my mother was okay with the decision. I talked it over with her to see how she felt about the decision and she was ecstatic so when she gave me the ‘yes' I made it official."

Notre Dame was actually fortunate to get Hurd for an official visit. Although he had some interest in Notre Dame over the summer, the Irish certainly weren't among his top schools.

"To be honest, I wasn't high on Notre Dame at all," Hurd explained. "When I went on my visit, and I saw the tradition…that was it. I didn't go to any parties or extracurricular activities, all I did was went to the game, and I went back to the hotel and did my homework. I was just contemplating my visit and I said ‘this is the place for me.' So I figured I should just commit to Notre Dame.

"I made my decision based on a lot of things, but the key factor was academics. I know Notre Dame has great academics and when I went there the tradition was crazy. Once I chose Notre Dame I just thought that was the place to be, so I made my decision from there.

"I'm just ready to become part of the Fighting Irish," he added Top Stories