Jalen Hurd talks Vanderbilt offer
"Vanderbilt offered me a couple of weeks ago," said Jalen Hurd. "Coach Spencer, the defensive line coach, told me they like my size, speed, and ability at running back.
"I was very excited to receive the offer. I'm very impressed with the academics [at Vanderbilt] and the way the football program is progressing under Coach Franklin."
Hendersonville, located within the Nashvillle metro area, is only 15 miles from Vanderbilt's campus. Hurd has already been on an unofficial visit with his grandfather. He plans on traveling out of the area more this spring and summer.
"Right now I'm just trying to take it all in and get a broad idea of a variety of college programs," Hurd said. "Tomorrow I'll be going to Tennessee to their spring practice. I'm hearing from a good number of schools. Mississippi State, Wake Forest, Kentucky, Duke, Nebraska, Alabama, and Clemson are showing interest. Mississippi State likes me at wide receiver, Clemson likes me as an all-purpose back, the rest like me at running back."
Out of the 13 games played by Beech in 2011, Hurd rushed for more than 100 yards in nine of those contests. His biggest game was in week six against nearby White House. Hurd had 20 carries for 245 yards and four touchdowns for the Buccaneers.
"This year went pretty well," said Hurd. "I was hoping to get 2,000 yards rushing, but that didn't happen. I ended up with 1,600 and 23 touchdowns. At running back, I feel like I have good field vision, agility, and power. I've always been a bigger back and do a good job using my size to my advantage. I'm versatile and can also play wide receiver. I had 450 receiving yards and three touchdowns last season."
Hurd also averaged 30 yards on kickoff returns including one he took all the back for a touchdown. He hopes to make an even bigger name for himself this fall.
"I'd like to have at least 2,500 rushing yards and boost my offers to have a diverse amount of programs to consider," Hurd stated. "I'd like to get my GPA up as well. We have a good team returning next year, so I hope we can do well again and make it past the third round this time around."
Hurd is currently running the 100, 200, and 400 meter dash events in track. He reports a GPA a shade less than 3.3. Hurd wears No. 18 for head coach Anthony Crabtree in football. The Bucs fell to rival, Hendersonville, by one point in the 5A quarterfinals to finish 8-5. Follow @VandyManiacom
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