UConn Adds Hurd to 2006 Class

There have been many questions about whether or not the Huskies staff would be looking to take at any offensive linemen in this recruiting class, and those questions were answered when Connecticut product Zach Hurd issued a verbal commitment.

Zach Hurd, a 6-foot-7, 260 pound offensive tackle prospect from Waterford, Conn. Got the offer that he was waiting on, and he decided to go ahead and pull the trigger and take one of the few remaining slots for the Huskies '06 recruiting class.

"I committed to Connecticut," Hurd said. "I got the offer Monday night. It was the greatest thing that ever happened to me. It was an awesome feeling. Just knowing that my mom was not going to have to pay for college and I would get the chance to stay at home and play for my home state school."

Hurd has not yet taken his official visit to UConn, but he plans to set it up for late January. He did visit the campus for four of the Huskies games, and took in their camp.

"I went to their camp. I worked out at offensive and defensive line. I performed well. I also got the chance to go to a bunch of their home games. The field is awesome! The fans are also great at UConn," Hurd said. "I have not taken my official yet, but while I was out there I looked at some of the facilities and they are awesome. The weight room is going to be unbelievable. All of the new facilities are going to be really nice."

Hurd flew in from under the radar, but the coaches at UConn have been keeping close tabs on him all year. Temple has also offered him a full ride, and Virginia and UMass were hot on his trail. The connection that he felt towards the staff at UConn was one of the major factors on why Hurd chose to verbal to the Huskies.

"Coach Hughes has been recruiting me the whole year. We really bonded at camp. I worked out with him on both of the lines while I was there, so I got to spend a lot of time with him. He is really a great guy," Hurd reports. "The whole coaching staff there is just great. I feel like that I will be able to go to UConn and grow over the four or five years that I am there, not only as a football player, but as a person."

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