Catching Up with Maurice Hurst Jr.: Spring Game Visit

By Alex on April 27, 2012 at 11:29a
Could Hurst be next on the OSU line?Maurice Hurst Jr. took in the Spring Game

We have already profiled a few prospects that were in attendance for the Ohio State Spring Game last weekend, and now we bring you word from another player who was in the Horseshoe to soak it all in, Westwood (MA) Xaverian Brothers DT Maurice Hurst Jr.

At 6-2/290, Hurst already has the size to be a successful defensive tackle at the college level and has an offer list worthy of one of the nation's best at the position. His list includes the likes of Ohio State, Michigan State, Missouri, Nebraska, Vanderbilt, UNC, Purdue, Virginia, Maryland, and Boston College, among others.

As for rankings, he is listed as a four star and the 18th ranked defensive tackle by 247, a four star and the number 23 defensive tackle by Scout, a three star and the 24th ranked defensive tackle by Rivals, and a three star and the number 34 defensive tackle in the nation by ESPN.

We got the chance to talk with Maurice about his visit to Ohio State, where things stand with his recruitment, when we can expect a decision, and more. Join us after the jump to hear from one of the nation's top defensive tackle prospects, Maurice Hurst Jr.

You were just at OSU for the first time for the Spring Game. How was that experience?

The visit went very well. I really enjoyed my time there and loved the atmosphere of the Spring Game.

What was your favorite part of the visit?

Going on the field and seeing so many people showing support for the players. I also really liked the campus and how it is placed in the city. It was really cool to see everything.

Did you get a chance to speak to the coaches at all?

Yes, I spoke to most of the coaches, but spent most of the time talking with my position coach, Mike Vrabel.

Did the coaches say anything to you about how many defensive linemen they would take?

Yeah, they said they are still looking to add one more tackle. I know they have Joey Bosa now for strong side end and two players who could play inside [Tracy Sprinkle and Billy Price], but they should be taking three players that can be tackles. I should know more about that situation when they talk to my coach on their visit to my school.

When are they coming out to your school?

I believe they will be here early next week. I'm not sure what the situation will end up being because they lost a few scholarships this year and room is tight. They may have switched to recruiting more offensive players now, but I'm not sure.

Cam Williams and Armani Reeves are Massachusetts guys going to Ohio State next year. Have they tried recruiting you at all?

Cam and Armani have told me to go wherever feels like the right fit for me. They have both been in my place before, but from what they were saying I can tell Cam doesn't like Michigan too much [laughs]. he's a loyal Buckeye.

What other visits do you plan on taking?

I will be taking visits to Michigan and Michigan State in the near future and then I am done with visits.

When do you expect to make a college decision?

I would like to make that decision in the next month and a half or so, but it really depends on some situations.

Do any schools stick out to you at this point? Where do the Buckeyes rank on your list?

I would say Ohio State, Michigan, and Virginia are the schools standing out to me right now. Ohio State ranks high on my list, I'm just not sure where things stand with them right now, but I guess I will find out more next week.

What are you looking for in the school of your choice?

I am looking for a school that can give me the best of both worlds in terms of having great academics and a great football program.



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wside buck's picture

Sounds like he was in but will most likely have to wait until the scholarship situation is more clear.

Matt's picture

Cam Williams is going to be a bigtime leader of the 2012 class.  Excited for him to get to campus.  And Cam Burroughs in 2013.  Following up Cam Heyward in 2007.  Clearly, we need to recruit more Cams.

tennbuckeye19's picture

I think he understands the situation with limited scholarships and is just waiting to see what happens with OSU. If he has to wait for very long it wouldn't surprise me if he commits elsewhere. Not to mention all the guys brought in last year and on the line this year.

Is this the kid who tried to commit and was told to wait from over the weekend? 

Alex's picture

supposedly yes.....

bukyze's picture

Cam firmly entrenched for the hatred of TSUN already.  Love it!

Larryp713's picture

This was my major takeaway from this post. I love the fact that Cam Williams has already the necessary mindset of all effective Buckeyes. Commitment to being excellent and getting better is essential, but a puritanical hatred for TSUN is an essential. Well played, Mr Williams, well played. You are on the right path.

As for another space eater in the middle: I am all for it. Maybe we can change our core defense to a 6-2, and just stop anybody from passing the line of scrimmage!!!



tennbuckeye19's picture

I imagine his friend Armani Reeves getting assaulted on twitter by UM fans when he chose OSU over Michigan also left a bad taste in his mouth. But it doesn't take long for a kid to realize the rivalry is a big deal, just take a look at the recent Joey Bosa comments.

AJBor41's picture

Remembering my brief Free Safety days in high school, I feel bad for the poor FS who attempted a tackle during his run at around the :22 mark of this.  The kid is 290 and running downhill at you, so the FS "olés" twice and then gets a free 9-10 yard bus ride into the endzone. 

danavh4's picture

Not to change the subject...but Alex....are you shocked Heurman just committed to Notre Dame?  I didn't see that one coming.

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Alex's picture

answered this in a ton of threads yesterday....overall for the process am I surprised? yes....but if you read what I wrote Monday afternoon I am not surprised...Mike basically told multiple sources, including myself he was going to commit to Ohio State on Monday, but things obviously changed...rumors have people saying he couldn't get past competing with Jeff (whether it be being buried behind him or making Jeff lose out on time because he passes him) on the depth chart and he was very comfortable with ND so he went with them...obviously I had this wrong as did pretty much EVERYONE else in the recruiting world (including Nevadabuck's ====)....bizarre situation and not your run of the mill recruiting decision

buckeye76BHop's picture

Agreed...I wrote that I'd be shocked if he chose ND.  I'm still little bit but realize those multiple trips there must have been for a reason now.  Do you think the staff will go after McNeil heavy now or is Baugh enough?  I saw the verbal to a Tenn. ATH...kind of looks like a back up plan?

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zachofaltrades's picture

Spin move and pursuit @ 1:04 was sick.

BuckeyeNation's picture

 Hope we still have room for this kid in the end. I like the way this kid plays. He's strong, aggressive, violent, and above all... has heart. He might actuallly be better than his old man! 

SilverBullet's picture

Alomg with Bell, Pocic, Quick, and Rodgers we gotta have this kid... And Smith too!

buckeye76BHop's picture

Really surprised that he hasn't been able to commit yet (or hasn't).  Those two trips to TTUN and TSUN look a bit suspicious to me (meaning I hope he doesn't visit or go there just to spite).  He has great speed for a DT as well as toughness.  Loved the chance for him to get that TD on offense...nothing more fun for a big guy then to get a running TD.  Hope we get him...

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you."

"I love football. I think it is most wonderful game in world and I despise to lose."

Woody Hayes 1913 - 1987 

Ann Arbor Buckeye's picture

wait..what Bosa comments about TSUN did I miss????


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