April 5, 2012

New England DT grabs offer

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There is still room for one more defensive tackle in Ohio State's 2013 class and the coaching staff is scouring the nation looking for some of the top talent at the position. On Wednesday, the Buckeyes offered Westwood (Mass.) Xaverian Brothers product Maurice Hurst Jr., the 6-foot-2, 285-pound prospect holds 14 offers so far.



"Coach (Mike) Vrabel talked to my coach and told him that I had an offer from Ohio State," said Hurst Jr. "I was really happy about it, it's a big-time offer."


Growing up in Massachusetts, Hurst says he is pretty familiar with Vrabel's playing career and always respected him as a player.


"I definitely watched him," he said. "It wasn't too long ago that he was playing for Super Bowls. He always played with a lot of passion and I think he truly loves the game of football."


Over the next few weeks, Hurst will be busy making trips to a pair of Big Ten programs, including Ohio State.


"I think I'm going to Penn State this Saturday and then I think I'm going to go to Ohio State's spring game," he said.


The trip to Columbus will be his first and the athletic defensive tackle is looking forward to experiencing all aspects of Ohio State.


"I'm looking forward to just seeing the school," he said. "I've heard great things about it and about how beautiful the campus is. I guess the football there is crazy so it should be a really good experience."


Hurst said he is also looking forward to his trip to Happy Valley as he grew up following the Penn State program.


"I just know that it's a really traditional program and that they've been really good," he said. "I was a pretty big fan of Penn State when I was younger. I just liked the way they played the game of football and I loved coach (Joe) Paterno and everything he was doing there."


As for a time-frame on a decision, Hurst said his upcoming visits will likely go a long way in dictating that process.


"I plan on taking this visit to Ohio State and then I'm not sure where else I'm going to go," he said. "If I figure out that I want to go to a school that I've already visited then the decision process will be quicker. If I'm not sure then I will wait until my official visits."


With the offer, Ohio State has made a big move up Hurst's list. In fact, he anticipates that the Buckeyes will sit at or near the top after he makes his unofficial visit to Columbus.


"I think Ohio State is going to stick out a lot to me once I get up there and see the school and everything it has to offer," he said. "I've heard great things about it so they will probably be at the top. I'm not sure where the other schools fit right now really."





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