August 7, 2009

Hurd looking to narrow it down

He's accumulated offers so fast it's hard to keep track of them all but Toney Hurd Jr. knows what he's looking for in the right school. "I want it to be family-oriented and to feel like I fit in," said one of the nation's best cornerbacks.

"I have an offer from Oregon. It was from Coach Chip Kelly. What I like about Oregon is that I know it's family oriented and that's the first thing. The uniforms are great of course, everybody knows that too. The program has a lot to offer."

With around 20 offers now Hurd says he doesn't have any leaders just yet. "I have a couple of schools on the map but I haven't narrowed anything down yet. I'll narrow it down this summer, take my visits this fall, and see where I should go after those and make a decision."

A shot at early playing time is important to Hurd as well. "I want to have early playing time and to be able to put my skills on the field and show what I can do to help a team," said Hurd.

All this attention and offers from elite programs around the nation comes on the heels his outstanding junior year when he made 52 unassisted tackles, assisted on another 37, broke up 16 passes, picked off five more and recovered a fumble. He's looking to follow it up with an even better performance this year.

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