Jalen Hurd to Tennessee

Submitted by TheGhostofYost on March 14th, 2013 at 8:45 AM

The 5-star RB committed to Butch Jones and the Volunteers this morning. Fairly significant news as he was thought to be a heavy Buckeye lean by many. 

Comments

APBlue

March 14th, 2013 at 8:52 AM ^

Good for him.  I hope, for Butch Jones' sake that he eventually signs on the dotted line (is that line really dotted on the LOI).  

Butch Jones has always seemed to be a decent guy.  I hope he steals many more 5 stars that were heavy leans to OSU.  

jonnyknox

March 14th, 2013 at 9:01 AM ^

Here in Knoxville fans are really excited about Butch Jones.  The coaches called every high school coach in the state of Tennessee to try to lock down all of the in-state kids.  With time he should be successful.  He has done well everywhere he has been.

Magnus

March 14th, 2013 at 9:10 AM ^

I didn't follow his recruitment too closely because I knew he wasn't going to pick U of M, but he always seemed like he would be going to Tennessee.  This is the first I've seen that he was widely considered to be an OSU lock.

FreddieMercuryHayes

March 14th, 2013 at 10:04 AM ^

Should this really be that big a surprise?  A talented kid from TN ends up going to UT?  UT is a traditional power that just found itself without even a plausible 'coach' for the past several years.  If Jones rights the ship, there's no reason why this shouldn't happen more in the future.  Not to mention he can offer immediate playing time, like, everywhere.  That said, let's see if it sticks.

woodfeld

March 14th, 2013 at 11:22 AM ^

While it's not necessarily a huge surprise for an instate kid to choose UT, this is a 5-star kid choosing the in state school that hasn't been a semi-consistent power since he was in kindergarten.  The only thing Hurd has seen is UT being bad or mediocre.  Big time kudos to Jones for nabbing him.