Notre Dame landed a very solid defensive back prospect last week when Toney Hurd (5-foot-9, 185-pounds) pledged to the Irish. Hurd is the lone Texan in the 2010 Notre Dame recruiting class, and according to Scout.com's recruiting analyst Baron Flenory, the Irish are getting a good one:
"Tony Hurd a stocky built cornerback that has quick feet, loose hips, and is explosive out of his breaks with a nose for the football. Though Hurd's size is not ideal for the position, his above average technique keeps him in great position so when the ball is in the air he can use his body control and explosive jumping ability to make a play on the football.
"Hurd is a competitor that thrives in man coverage. Technically, he has a nice and quick back pedal, he can make all the breaks down without wasted movement - 45 degrees, 90 degree, open and run, and speed turn. And though he is usually is great position to make a play on the football, Hurd is not a gambler. He goes for the breakup more than he'll go for the pick. In zone coverage, he is instinctive. On film, he appears to have excellent zone awareness. He doesn't cover grass and he reads QB intentions very well.
"Hurd is physical in run support. He gets off blocks and hustles to get in on a play. He will not shy away from contact. He is very active in all aspects of a game. He also has the luxury of being well coached and plays against top flight competition. Because he is well coached, Hurd understands defensive concepts. Therefore, he can learn and pick-up a defense quickly. This will shorten the transitional period most athletes go through when trying to adjust to more advance play calling and the higher level of play.
"He must work on his top end speed. He is quicker than he is fast so he struggles against big, fast receivers that stretch the field."
Alan Zepeda, Scout.com's recruiting expert for the state of Texas, agrees with Flenory in his evaluation of Hurd. This is what Zepeda had to say about Notre Dame's 18th commitment:
"I have known Hurd for quite some time. He is a player that is very intense when it comes to perfecting his skills. I have seen him go from an all right coverage player as a sophomore, to a lock down corner in two seasons. One reason for the improvement is that he would go to any and all camps just to learn. Two years ago you could see him progress from camp to camp as he learned new things from each one.
"He is not tall, but he is a player, and he is fast, he knows how to run, he does track also. What you are getting is a player committed to being the best, and the confidence to go against big name receivers and not being intimidated. He is a good person, good character type, and he lets his actions do his talking. I always like talking with him, he is very easy going.
"Physically he is ready to play as a freshman. He should not have any troubles picking up Notre Dame's schemes. I like him; he is a good kid and a great talent."
Hurd is a competitor
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