Zach Hurd Ready to Ride with UConn

There were no cameras, no reporters and no glory Wednesday morning when Zach Hurd signed his letter of intent to play football for UConn. There was only Zach, his mother and a kitchen table. And, that's just fine with him.

"We did it early in the morning so we could get it to (UConn) as soon as possible," Hurd said. "I'm just relieved that I don't have to worry about the recruiting (anymore), and I can start working on their workout plan."

Connecticut is sending Zach Hurd a workout program for the summer now that he has officially signed his letter of intent. They couldn't legally send anything to the recruit until the letter of intent was signed.

"It should be in the mail," Hurd said.

The offensive lineman from Connecticut may benefit more than most recruits when that mail arrives. Although he is a monstrous 6-foot-7 inches, he doesn't fill out that frame. Hurd weighs somewhere between 250 to 260 pounds. That's simply not big enough for an offensive lineman at the division one level considering UConn only has one lineman less than 284 pounds who didn't redshirt.

"I know exactly what I have to do," Hurd said. "The biggest thing is getting bigger, faster and stronger. I need to make sure I'm ready to play."

Hurd said although he has a long way to go, he couldn't be happier about where he ended up, even when some said he should have gone to a "bigger" football school.

"I had other places recruiting me like Virginia, but I wasn't really interested when other schools came to me," Hurd said. "I wanted to be (at UConn). They're getting someone who wants to be there."

The freshman will report to campus on July 10.

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