Hurd Makes It Official

As Websider predicted back in December, Toney Hurd officially commits to Texas A&M live at the Under Armour All-American game. Subscribe to the tailgate and read live blogs, expert analysis, and get the inside scoop on all of the players at the annual UA game.

To say that Toney Hurd was a priority for Texas A&M's 2010 recruiting class would be an understatement. Hurd received the first hand-written offer from Mike Sherman last February. The 5-9, 185 pound defensive back verbally committed to Notre Dame back in October, but after the firing of Charlie Weis, Hurd started to waiver. A few weeks later, Hurd took his official visit to Aggieland the weekend of December 11th-13th, and that trip changed how Toney felt about A&M. Hurd seemingly told numerous A&M coaches and current commits he wanted to be an Aggie. The Missouri City native didn't shut the door on the possibility of signing with Notre Dame in February, until today when he verbally committed to Texas A&M live at the Under Armour All-American game.

Alan Zepeda,'s recruiting expert for the state of Texas, gives his evaluation of Hurd. This is what Zepeda had to say about Texas A&M's 24th 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 Texas A&M's schemes. I like him; he is a good kid and a great talent."

The A&M defense was the worst in the Big 12 and finished 111th in the country in 2009. Hurd is the kind of competitor and physical cornerback the Aggies need to help turn things around.

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