One of the top defensive prospects to attend Sunday's junior day event and practice at Texas A&M was Fort Bend Marshall cornerback Toney Hurd. The 5-foot-10, 175-pound recruit made his second junior day trip to College Station and the purpose of this trip was to observe practice and the interaction between the players and coaches.
"I've been to A&M several times so I know what's there," Hurd said. "But I wanted to see them practice and get a feel for where the team is at and how the coaches worked with the players."
So what did Hurd think of the workout on Sunday?
"Practice went well. The intensity was okay. I loved the way Coach McMillian and Coach Malone got after it and worked with the defensive backs," Hurd said. "They put the corners in a position to succeed. They are on an island and it's up to them to get it done. I think I excel in that system."
The west Houston area native saw some good things from the team in practice but acknowledged that the team still has work to do to accomplish the goals that the coaches have set for the program. He sees that as a potential opportunity if he decides to attend Texas A&M.
"The coaches all know that the team is still rebuilding, but you can see some good things happened out there. I see that as kind of a positive for me that I can come in and help with that turnaround," Hurd said. "It's a factor, but I wouldn't say that it's the deciding factor for me one way or the other."
Hurd spent a lot of time before practice talking to defensive backs coaches Charles McMillian and Van Malone, two coaches that he's built a close relationship with. He then had an opportunity to speak at length with head coach Mike Sherman.
"I've got a very close relationship with Coach McMillian and we spent some time just talking about things," Hurd said. "With Coach Sherman, he just said that he loved my speed and God-given talents to play cornerback, but what made me special was that I'm a natural-born leader. He said that's the reason why I was the very first defensive recruit he offered this year. That made me feel good."
At the conclusion of practice, Hurd had an opportunity to speak to some of the current players in the locker room to get their take on the coaching staff and the status of the program.
"They were very positive about the coaching staff and said it's been a drastic change from the previous staff," Hurd said. "They said the coaches are like a big brother and you can go talk to them about anything and they'll give you a good, honest perspective on anything from football to life. They say the relationship with the coaches is much closer now than before."
While Hurd gave his Texas A&M high marks, he still maintains that he's open and has no leaders. He does plan to attend the LSU spring game on April 18 and plans to attend several summer camps including one at Texas A&M. But don't look for a decision anytime in the near future. In fact, Hurd now has a timetable and a plan for making his decision public.
"I'm going to the UnderArmour all-star game in Florida in January," Hurd said. "I will make my decision public at the game. I'm in no hurry, and this is a once in a lifetime event for me. I want to enjoy it and make the right choice."
Hurd talks A&M
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