Hurst ready to play under "best" staff

Recruiting coverage at SoonersIllustrated is still going as we look to bring fans the latest in Oklahoma recruiting news. The incoming freshmen are set to report here soon. So we caught up defensive back Demontre Hurst from Lancaster, TX. Check out what he had to say.

It will be less than one week for many of the newest members of the Oklahoma football team to report to Norman. For Lancaster (TX) defensive back Demontre Hurst, this is a day that he has been waiting on for quite some time.

"I'm ready to get up there and work out with the team," Hurst said. "Trying to get up there and compete. I will be playing under the best coaching staff in the country."

Earlier this year, the 5-foot-11, 173-pound Hurst made a last-minute decision to become a Sooner. With other options like Miami, Arizona, Tennessee, and Oklahoma State (which he was once committed), he just felt the right choice was with Oklahoma.

"I just wanted to do what I felt was best. I got along well with the coaches and it felt right," Hurst said.

Hurst and many other signees are scheduled to be in Norman for June 7. While getting on campus, for good, is his primary objective, he has yet to find a roommate. But he did say that he is looking to get a call this week letting him know who it will be.

He is not being picky, but there is one requirement he hopes will be met.

"I'm waiting this week for the call this week on who it will be," Hurst said. "I hope it is a defensive back so that we can get connected and talk about what we are supposed to be doing."

With that said, defensive back is the position that he will play at Oklahoma, but at what position is still up in the air. Hurst said that there has been a lot of communication between coach Brent Venables and his defensive back coach at Lancaster on where Hurst may end up inn the secondary.

But if it is up to him, either safety or corner back will do.

"They (Oklahoma coaches) tell me how versatile I am and say that I could play either position in the defensive backfield," Hurst said. "I don't really matter to me. Whatever they feel is the best place for me to contribute is OK with me. 

"I have heard some that I may be able to come in and compete for some time. That would be good, but I know that as far as my play, that is up to me."

In his final season at Lancaster, Hurst recorded 75 tackles, five interceptions (one ret for TD), and two kickoff returns for touchdowns from 108 and 80 yards. 

"I know that playing on this level will be a challenge," Hurst said. "But it seems like coach Venables and coach (Bobby Jack) Wright have a lot of confidence in me and my abilities."


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