UT Courts K.C. Comet

He's an outstanding receiver who is named after a great lover and he runs like a world class sprinter. Interested?

Yes, Donald Juan "D.J." Hord will be quite a catch for some college team given his largess of physical gifts and athletic achievements. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound multi-sport star of Rockhurst High School in Kansas City, Mo., is rated the nation's No. 10 wide receiver by The Insiders, but in terms of pure speed he's at the head of the 2005 class.

How fast is he? In football terms he runs a 4.4 flat but on a track he turns the 100 meters in a remarkable 10.39 seconds and the 200 meters in 21.17. Hord also has excellent strength for a wideout with a 240-pound bench press and 345-pound squat. Furthermore, he has terrific thrust, boasting a 35-inch vertical jump.

As a junior, Hord produced 600 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns. A shooting guard in basketball, he averaged 10 points, five rebounds and five assists per game. In the classroom he has compiled a 3.2 GPA.

"I'm tall and have good speed," he told The Insiders. "I'm able to see over most corners and jump over them. I also run around guys really well. I'm a finesse and flashy type of player. I'd like to break a person down easier one-on-one and get stronger and more powerful. I need to improve my agility."

Hord is getting interest from colleges in all three of his sports and he would like to combine football and track at the next level.

"I'd like to do track and football," Hord stated. "Track helps out football a lot."

Track might also help Tennessee a lot when it comes to recruiting Hord, since the Vols have a long history of receivers doubling as sprinters. UT is on Hord's short list as are a couple of other SEC schools and he's still entertaining offers.

"I'm still considering the schools showing me interest right now, but after my first couple games I plan to narrow it down to five or six schools," he said. "I'm not denying any school an opportunity, but I'd say that Missouri, LSU, Florida, and Tennessee all stand out over the others a bit right now. I know I also want to see how Nebraska plays with the new west coast offense, and I'd like to take a visit to Notre Dame, too."

Tennessee and Florida have yet to offer Hord, but LSU has as have Missouri, Nebraska, Notre Dame and Kansas State. When UT coaches can contact prospects again, an offer could be forthcoming to the speedy pass catcher. And Hord, who likes the way Tennessee spreads its receivers, should be receptive to a visit.

"I have to talk to the Tennessee coaches after September 1st, but they have been showing a lot of interest," he said. "Florida has sent me a lot of mail, and has asked me to come down on an official visit. I'll know more on both program's interest after the calls begin." Don Juan can't get here fast enough for Vol fans.


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