Bulls find relative un-known QB in Virginia

This is the time of year when the recruiting process can take some crazy turns. Learn more about the latest QB prospect on the South Florida recruiting board. He's a 6'3", 195 pound dual threat quarterback from Richmond Virginia. Get it only on USFNation.com!

"Leave no stone unturned" must be a motto for the South Florida coaching staff. Once again they have found a diamond in the rough. This time the ‘rough' is Richmond, Virginia and the ‘diamond' is 6-foot-3, 195 pound QB, Mathew Hurdle.

Last season Hurdle lead his team to an undefeated 10-0 regular season, but had a heart-breaking 21-20 loss in the first round of the playoffs. In the process the Highland Springs high school standout threw for 2,300 yards and rushed for over 400 while scoring a combined 31 touchdowns.

Hurdle, a three year starter, was named the Capital District Player of the Year, along with being named to the all-district first team for offense. For the week of Oct. 9th Matthew was named player of the week after leading his team to a 56-6 victory. In that game he threw for 209 yards, with four touchdowns in the air and also ran for one score.

The week following Hurdle threw four TD's in a win over Armstrong. Then completed 13 of 16 passes for 258 yards with four touchdown passes to four different receivers and ran for a score in a 61-10 win against Atlee.

"I'm a dual threat quarterback with a strong arm and good awareness."

"I had a good season, a lot of the coaches tell me I was one of the best QB's in the state this year."

His team's offense ran a spread and threw the ball on nearly 85% of their play calls.

"My favorite route to throw is the corner fade to the back of the endzone. I had a lot of success on that one."

"In the run game, everything was based off my read of the defensive end. We ran out of the shot gun and if I saw the backside D-end crash or go after the running back then I took it outside. If the D-end focused on me and tried playing contain then I handed it to the back up the middle."

"Our passing game was pretty dynamic and it opened up big plays in the running game."

With all the success on the field you would think a QB like this would have more than 3 offers. Right now Hurdle's holding offers from Kent, Youngstown and Ohio. However things could change, quickly.

"I'm getting attention from Michigan State, South Florida and U Conn."

"USF is probably recruiting me the hardest out of those three. U Conn is up there too, they sent a coach to come see me two weeks ago. I think all three are close to offering."

When making a decision Hurdle says it will come down to education and atmosphere.

"I'm going to college for an education. I also want to make sure I pick a place that I feel comfortable with because that city will be my home for the next 4 years."

Hurdle has taken one visit (Kent) and is planning more.

"The only one that is set is USF, I'll be going there on the 18th of January."

For now, Hurdle is working out, concentrating on school and will join his schools baseball team after the holiday break. He also says he is fully qualified and is working to maintain that status through graduation.

Stick with USFNation, we'll have more on newest QB prospect for the Bulls as his visit date gets closer.

My Take:
The staff has done a great job at finding these gems. Now they just need to offer before other schools jump in the picture. It happens all the time – a team like USF finds an over-looked prospect and then 5 schools follow up with offers. The fact that USF already has a visit date set is going to be big when other teams hop in the picture. When recruits are over-looked, they remember who was there first.


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